Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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When it comes to pregnancy counsel, female family members, pregnant friends and even experienced moms don’t always know best. Yet many expectant women are more apt to listen to those sources than they are to follow medical advice, a 2010 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology found.
Inevitably someone will tell you (wrongly) that if you're carrying low you're having a boy, and vice versa. Here are some actual facts about baby bumps:
Wondering what your baby’s first noticeable movement in utero is going to feel like, and when you might expect it?
Most women experience that first kick between 17 and 22 weeks, says maternal-fetal medicine specialist Alice Cootauco, M.D., of St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore. No fluttering yet?
Early in her pregnancy, Deborah Johnson (not her real name) started having on-and-off light bleeding. “At first I was really freaked out,” she recalls. “My immediate reaction was, ‘Oh, this can’t be good.’ ”
She called her doctor, who was concerned but calm. “She said she was going to play it safe by giving me progesterone, but that if the baby wasn’t meant to be, no amount of progesterone was going to make a difference,” Johnson says. Though the spotting continued throughout her entire first trimester, Johnson gave birth to a healthy baby boy six months later.
A short and sweet baby name makes a big impact. These names are quirky, cute and delightfully easy to spell and pronounce. In fact, a short first name is a great way to balance out a long last name. Check out our picks of the best short and sweet baby names for girls and boys.
Short baby names are cool – without trying too hard. Whether you are looking for a shorter name that is unique, old fashioned or somewhere in between, we have rounded up our pick of the best short girl names and short boy names.
Fewer women are seeking childbirth info, according to a survey of more than 1,300 first-time moms.
Less than 30 percent attended birthing classes; many didn't know the risks of common procedures and were willing to let the doctor or midwife decide on such options as epidurals and Cesarean sections, according to the study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada.
Because contractions generally signal that labor is starting, they can be viewed as a warning sign, a green light or a cue to ask, “Honey, the crib is set up, right?” But having contractions before you’re due doesn’t necessarily mean that Baby has requested an early checkout from Hotel Utero. Here’s what you need to know about uterine contractions—whenever they occur:
Amniotic fluid: It’s at once mundane and poetic, a humble liquid that protects and nourishes your baby. It also helps maintain a constant temperature; promotes growth and development of the fetus’s lungs, gastrointestinal system, muscles and bones; and prevents compression of the umbilical cord. Some studies even suggest that it transmits odors and flavors from your diet, helping to influence your baby’s future taste preferences.
Last spring, as the tsunami-damaged reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began leaking radioactive particles, that nation’s pregnant women ran for the hills—or at least for faraway cities like Osaka. Moms-to-be in the U.S. are safely distant from fallout or food contamination, but what about X-rays and their high-energy ionizing radiation that damages DNA? Or the low-energy microwave radiation from cellphones and Wi-Fi? Here are some guidelines for a safer pregnancy:
Sometimes, a little white lie can be a beautiful thing. Just say, “I have no idea! We decided to wait and be surprised.”
That will take care of the nosy neighbors, but now let’s talk about you. Even if your brain is telling you that the most important thing is that the baby is healthy, it’s perfectly natural to feel a twinge of disappointment that the Joanna of your dreams is turning out to be a Jason instead (or vice versa).