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2nd Trimester

Baby Registry 101

Walk into any baby store and you're likely to be overwhelmed by the number of choices in products. An entire wall of bottles. An entire aisle of strollers. An entire section of baby monitors. It's enough to make any first-timer run out of the store. No need to panic, registering for baby can be a simple task.

With a little planning and help, you can sign up for everything you want and need without breaking a preggo sweat.

Plus, if you do it in person, you get to use a fun scanner.

Prenatal Testing Cheat Sheet

A healthy baby is every expectant mom’s No. 1 priority. The good news? Most babies are born healthy. But a small amount (about 2 percent to 4 percent) are affected by some kind of a serious birth defect. There are a number of tests that can check on your baby’s health when you’re pregnant: Screening tests give parents-to-be an idea of the likelihood that their baby has certain kinds of problems, one such test has been in the news lately.

Expert Answers to Your Top 5 Breast Questions

You may have noticed something besides your belly growing during pregnancy: your breasts. In fact, it’s not uncommon for, ahem, the girls, to grow up to two cup sizes, especially if this is your first pregnancy. This new growth is a good sign that your breasts are getting ready, all by themselves, to provide milk for your baby after delivery.

I’m Pregnant! Now What?

After learning that you’re pregnant, your main agenda is simple: Tell your partner and celebrate! But once the happy news sinks in, the next steps can seem overwhelming. To help simplify the situation, we asked Akua Afriyie-Gray, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola Medical Center, for the most important moves a pregnant woman should make.

Baby Name Ideas: April Showers Bring May Flowers

If your baby is due soon, get inspired by the old adage "April showers bring May flowers" with these rainy and flowery baby names.

Floral Baby Names

These pretty baby names mean "flower" or they are a type of flower, making them ideal for babies born in May.

Unique, Unisex Baby Names

If you are waiting until your baby is born to find out the gender, it might be a good idea to pick a unisex baby name for your little bundle of joy. Instead of an ordinary unisex name (such as Dana, Evan, Jamie, Lee or Terry) or trendy baby names (like Aubrey, Connor, Kelsey or Taylor) get a little more creative in your choices.

Try one of these unique and modern unisex names:

 

5 Pregnancy Superfoods to Eat Now

When it comes to pregnancy and food, two extreme things can happen: Either you feel like you could eat an entire refrigerator’s worth of calories in 14 seconds flat, or you feel as if you could decorate your walls with your innards at even the thought of certain foods.

These opposite reactions aren’t unusual, and they don’t have to be harmful (as long as they don’t happen persistently).

Historical Baby Boy Names

These baby boy names are perfect for parents who are history buffs, or anyone looking for a classic name for their bundle of joy.

From American heroes to former presidents to iconic Hollywood stars, you are sure to find the ideal historical name for your baby boy.

American Hero Baby Names

Get inspired by these historical figures and discover the perfect baby name for your own little hero.

10 Questions to Help You Choose a Care Provider

Finding the right person to care for you and your baby during pregnancy, labor and birth is one of the most important decisions you will make, and it can help you feel confident to push for the safest, healthiest birth.

As you review doctors and midwives in your area, the following questions can help you find someone who will provide the care you are looking for. Asking questions and providing information builds trust, and it’s the best way to make sure everyone is working toward the same goal – the safest, healthiest birth possible for you and your baby.

Safe Medications to Take While Pregnant

Getting sick when you’re pregnant can be scary enough without having to stress about whether popping pills that might ease your symptoms will harm your growing baby.

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