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Zumba for Postpartum Fitness: One Mom's Success Story

Looking at Gina Grant’s tight, toned body, it’s hard to believe that she’s ever had a baby. In fact, the 36-year-old has given birth to four (now ages 8, 9, 13 and 15), with the youngest two born just a year and a day apart. Good genes? Perhaps, but she still had to work hard to get back in shape and lose the pooch after each pregnancy. And it wasn’t until after the arrival of her third child that Grant discovered her secret weapon: Zumba classes.

Pets, Pregnancy and Your Baby's Allergy Risk

Having a dog or cat in the house during pregnancy may help protect your baby against allergies. Researchers in a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology examined babies from birth to age 2 and found that those whose moms had lived with indoor pets during pregnancy had lower levels of an antibody linked to asthma and allergies.

What Parents Should Do About Valentine’s Day

Just because you’re a parent (or will be soon) doesn’t mean you should toss out the lingerie, slinky dress and plans for a romantic dinner. In fact, even though you’ll soon be shopping for boxes of 28 mini-Valentines with cartoon characters, princesses and puppies on them, sticking to the original sentiment of Valentine’s Day is even more important than ever. Valentine’s Day is for lovers. 

Superpower Honey Waffles

You can make these ahead for eating on the run, or savor them at the table with all the toppings of your choice.  Either way, they make a great morning fuel choice, thanks to whole grains, yogurt, and nut butter.  This recipe was originally inspired by a whole wheat peanut butter waffle recipe from the waffle iron of the excellent Melissa Clark.

8 New-Mom Workout Moves to Do with Baby

How can I get some privacy?

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You have a free pass to be a terrible hostess for the first few months after your baby is born. Have your husband firmly explain to his parents that you are exhausted from staying up all night; they’re welcome to visit from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., or whenever your patience is at its peak, but after that, you’re going to crash. At 5:01, yawn, mumble something about leaky breasts (that usually gets the men to skedaddle) and head off to your bedroom with the baby. If they insist on staying, your hubby can say, “Great! We haven’t had a chance to do a thing around the house.

Early to Rise

For the first time in 3 ½ years, we have started setting an alarm every morning. No, we don’t have a 6 am plane to catch. And no, Leo hasn’t started sleeping until 9 when left undisturbed. If he sleeps till 7:15 it’s a luxuriously late morning. And while I wish I could say we’ve turned over a new leaf at the 24-hour gym, it’s definitely not that. We are allowing a clock to blast us out of bed at 6:45 every morning in hopes of kick-starting better mornings. It seems you have to get up early to get the upper hand with a 3 ½ year old.

Self-Care For Down There

Everyone is fussing over your new baby, but you need some TLC, too—especially in your tender nether regions. Amy Murtha, M.D., of Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., offers these post-delivery self-care tips:

EPISIOTOMY PAIN

Taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help; so may the following:

Booby Blunders

Though you and your partner may be thrilled at your breasts’ morphing form, their fundamental, most basic purpose is to provide sustenance to your offspring. Alas, the irony is that while nursing may be the most natural act in the world, it isn’t always easy.

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