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3rd Trimester

The Pros and Cons of Home Induction Methods

You patiently await your due date, eyeing it on your calendar and instructing loved ones to prepare for it days in advance. But when the date comes and goes with nary a contraction, you might be tempted to take matters into your own hands.

Much-Requested Turkey Meatballs

The recipe for my meatballs is a perennial favorite among my personal chef clients, students in my healthy cooking classes, kids of all ages, picky eaters, carnivores… just about everyone!

I’ve probably made these for more people than any other recipe in my repertoire. Bonus: They happen to be ridiculously easy to make and super-healthy.  

40 Weeks Pregnant and Counting

My son was born seven days past my due date, and I remember those last weeks as unceasingly uncomfortable, characterized by the sensation of a bowling ball bouncing on my cervix and the conviction that this baby was never going to be born.  All this, plus the perennial conversation starter: “No baby yet?” (The only appropriate response to which is to tear the speaker’s head off and the pickle it, because your stomach is too squished with baby to be able to really eat much.)

I remember being asked how far along I was and responding, miserably, truthfully, “Ten months.”

Experts Call for Bed Rest to Be ‘Discontinued’

These days, it’s more common for moms-to-be to be breathing deeply into a downward dog in prenatal yoga class than taking it easy at home with their feet up. But an estimated 20 percent of expectant mothers are still put on bed rest during their pregnancies, despite evidence that it may do more harm than good.

5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of a Drug-Free Delivery

The idea of getting an epidural freaked Jane out. So while pregnant with her daughter "B", now 3, the Greenwich, Conn., woman took a natural-childbirth class, practiced yoga and switched from an obstetrician to a midwife. But when Jane’s water broke, her labor did not progress, even after she was given Pitocin at the hospital to try to jump-start it.

Get Relief Now: 7 Tips for Easing and Avoiding Back Pain

Back pain is a common pregnancy symptom, and it doesn’t always disappear when your baby arrives.  

Drop in to any physical therapist’s office or massage studio and you’re bound to see some baby bumps in the waiting room. That’s because ligament-loosening hormones, weight gain and a shifting center of gravity all conspire to cause 2 million pregnant women to cry out from back pain every year, especially between the fifth and seventh months.

Short Baby Girl Names Without a Nickname

Long names are eloquent and beautiful, but some parents aren't thrilled with the nicknames that go with them. Even if you don't call your child by a nickname, you can't control friends, teachers and other people who may use the less-desirable shortened name. For example, you might name your daughter, Gabriella, but not want her called “Gabby.” You can enforce it at home, but others will definitely nickname her—she might even nickname herself as she gets older.

Design a Back-Friendly Nursery

After your newborn arrives, you’ll soon realize that seemingly small details in your baby’s room, such as the height of the changing table, can make a massive difference in preventing an aching back.

“Many new mothers are so focused on their little one’s needs, they don’t realize just how frequently they’re lifting or bending in a way that’s not safest for their back,” says industrial designer Carla Jaspers.

Pain-proof your nursery with these ergonomic tips:

4 Common Delivery Day Dilemmas

When it’s time to deliver your baby, you’ll want the most current information dictating how your OB-GYN or midwife handles your birth.

Most everyone agrees that evidence-based medicine, or practices shown in high-quality studies to be best for moms and babies, should rule in labor and delivery rooms.

Eco-babyproofing: Safely Removing Toxins from Your Home

It’s called the “nesting instinct”—that sudden urge to tidy, purge, organize and decorate. But getting your home ready for your newborn isn’t just about putting together the crib and washing all those teeny tiny clothes. It also means hunting down the hidden hazardous chemicals that have been shown to affect your baby’s growth and development. Think of it as environmental babyproofing.

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