The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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North West. Blue Ivy. Apple. Celebrity baby names definitely seem to be getting more and more unique—and it’s not only happening in Hollywood.
More American parents are steering clear of traditional names and trying to be different, says Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, Revised 3rd Edition: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby.
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Once you’re a mother, you have a bond with women in other parts of the country and in fact with mothers all over the world. This bond encourages all of us to raise the next generation of Americans and world citizens to reach their highest potential because our children will change the world for better or worse. We mothers are in this together and I, for one, am grateful that we have each others’ backs.
It's hard to believe that milk can stay out of the refrigerator and not go bad, but when it comes to breast milk, it's true. That's because mother's milk is an antibiotic of sorts, capable of killing many bacteria and viruses. That said, even though some experts say breast milk can be kept at normal room temperature for up to eight hours without the danger of bacterial growth, I'm not comfortable with leaving it unrefrigerated for more than four to six hours.
Congratulations on losing your pregnancy weight! This shows you have what it takes to do whatever is needed to succeed. For starters, don’t set goals for yourself that are too tough to reach. Be sure you have a fitness plan that you can actually follow, and build in small goals that are easy to achieve.
Also, it’s always helpful to have a workout buddy or a trainer who will help keep you accountable. If you do miss a workout or fall off your meal plan, don’t let a setback stand in your way. Instead, stay positive and get right back on track the following day.
This healthy, delicious broccoli recipe uses parchment paper to help you get your daily dose of veggies. Read more about this easy, low-mess roasting technique.
One of the trickier challenges I’ve encountered as a personal chef for families is to come up with tasty-but-healthy ways to prepare veggie recipes for picky eaters. Over the years I’ve found one particular technique that’s easy and always a hit: roasting them on parchment. It has converted veggie-haters of all ages, because roasting removes water and condenses the veggies’ natural sugars, giving them a dense, lightly-sweet nuttiness (no mushiness in sight!).
Next time you’re in the grocery checkout aisle, see how many tabloid covers mention baby bumps, or how fast some celebrity “got her body back!” Popular culture is obsessed with women’s pregnant and post-pregnant bodies, and exhibits a strong preference that women get rid of all signs of pregnancy ASAP after birth.
The easiest way to incorporate more leafy greens into your diet is by eating salads. Full of fiber, folates, and antioxidants, greens are an excellent addition to your healthy prenatal diet—or after baby arrives! However, salad every day for lunch or dinner can get pretty boring.
An average of 26 children suffer a crib-related injury every day in the U.S. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and sound:
Get a Crib with Fixed Sides
If you’re considering buying a secondhand crib be aware that safety standards issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2011 prohibit the sale of drop-side cribs. Their use has been blamed for 32 deaths in the past decade, mostly because they’ve led to suffocation and strangulation.