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52 Baby Names for Fans of Americana

Patriotic baby names are rich with cultural significance, and many American names are rising the ranks when it comes to popularity, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration. Whether you're having a Fourth of July baby, or you're just a history buff, these names, courtesy of Nameberry.com, are worth saluting.

The Most Popular Baby Names by State

You've announced your pregnancy, chosen a birth plan, and decorated your nursery. But one important to-do still remains: picking a baby name!

The Number of Pregnant Women Taking Opioids Will Shock You

Ready for some crazy stats? One in five women have taken an opioid (a heavy-duty painkiller like codeine or hydrocodone) during pregnancy, according to a recent Obstetrics & Gynecology study that looked at pregnant Medicaid recipients. And 14 percent of of commercially-insured women did the same, according to a study published in Anesthesiology.

Should You Take Antidepressants for Postpartum Depression?

It’s not often you read good news about antidepressants and new motherhood, but here it is: the medication may help you stick with breastfeeding.

Can Low-Dose Aspirin Prevent Preeclampsia?

You’re familiar with low-dose aspirin’s blood-thinning properties, but what can it do for you during pregnancy?

First off, baby aspirin is sometimes given to women who have had multiple pregnancy losses during their first trimester, the theory being that clotting disorders can cause pregnancy loss, says Jeff Chapa, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic’s Maternal Fetal Medicine department.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Birth at Home

Let’s get right to it: Is it safe to give birth at home? Well, that depends on the mother, her midwife and which studies you read. Two home birth studies have been published recently, giving us lots to talk about.

Water Birth Safety: The FYI Every Pregnant Mama Should Read

While women have been giving birth in tubs for forever, water births have gained popularity in the last 30 years, even in hospitals, as women all over the world realize the benefits: Water reduces stress, relieves pain, and may help uterine muscles contract more efficiently. Besides, what’s not to love about a warm bath?

Trouble Getting Pregnant? Blame Stress!

You ditched your birth control pills, tracked your cycles using our ovulation calculator, and did the deed (many, many times). So why aren’t you pregnant? Ohio State University researchers may have your answer: You’re too stressed.

4 New Approaches to the C-Section Decision

Big news, ladies! New C-section guidelines are coming to a hospital near you. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) are addressing what some of us have known for years: many of the C-sections that account for 1 in 3 births are unnecessary and harmful.

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