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Second Trimester

What's Normal, What's Not (And When to Call Your OB)

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.

Cleaning During Pregnancy: Redistribute the Chores

If you have certain pregnancy complications or limitations (or if you just want to play the pregnancy card!), you might need to cross these household tasks off your to-do list and either delegate them to someone else or hire some help.

Related: 20 Reasons You'll Miss Being Pregnant

Pretty Baby Names for Girls

Are you looking for a pretty baby name that is as beautiful as your baby girl? From feminine flower names like Daisy and Tulip to vintage names like Amelia and Beatrice, we rounded up our picks of the most delightful baby girl names.

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s what little girls are made of! These pretty baby girl names are the perfect choice for parents searching for names that are feminine and sweet—with a touch of sophistication.

20 Reasons You'll Miss Being Pregnant

At some point in your life you’ve probably been reminded to “enjoy the journey.” That’s sage advice for most of life’s adventures, but it’s particularly true for the 40 miraculous weeks you’ll spend with your baby growing inside you. 

Short And Sweet Baby Names

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.
 

Childbirth: You Be The Decider

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.

Different Types of Contractions and What They Mean

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:

Liquid Assets

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.

Reduce Your Radiation Risk

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:

How do I handle gender disappointment?

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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).

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