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Expecting Better by Emily Oster,

I am disappointed that the author asserts because there is no pure research out there on alcohol and pregnancy, that light drinking during pregnancy is ok, anyone else disappointed by that assertion?

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Dealing with loneliness?

I'm almost 27 years old, a day short of 10 weeks along and I'm suffering from some extreme sadness. I'm also battling a cold which isn't making it any better. I do not have any siblings a mother or any females I could bond with or ask questions. I am currently with the father and have been happily

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Vaginal Birth After Having a C-Section (VBAC)

Learn the facts about VBAC so you can decide if this is right for you. You had a cesarean section with your first baby. Now you're pregnant again and wonder if you will need a C-section this time, too. You might like to try a vaginal birth but don't know if it's safe for you and the baby.   M

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The 3 Stages of Labor

Find out what to expect when it’s time for baby. Labor and delivery sounds straightforward. Your cervix dilates, you push and the baby comes out. That isn’t exactly how it works. There are a few more steps in between. Stages of labor How labor advances and how long it lasts is differen

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Here Comes Baby! Signs and Symptoms of Labor

Find out how to tell the difference between real signs of labor and false alarms. Many pregnant women expect a textbook-perfect labor. The obvious signs will announce that it's time; the overnight bag will be in the car and mom-to-be will arrive calmly at the hospital in plenty of time for the del

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Group B Strep Test

Group B strep can be passed from mother to child during birth and cause life-threatening infection in the newborn. Find out about testing. At some time in your ninth month of pregnancy, you should be tested for bacteria called group B streptococcus, or GBS. As many as 30 percent of women

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Elective C-Section: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Unnecessary surgery can pose risks for mother and baby. By now you are probably starting to develop a plan for your delivery day.   In most births, the baby passes through the birth canal and is pushed out through the vagina. But sometimes a baby is delivered by surgery. This is called a cesa

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Doulas: Helping Hands for Childbirth

Learn about a doula’s role during labor and delivery. In many societies throughout history, women have helped other women give birth. They pressed cool cloths on sweaty foreheads. They grasped hands. They whispered encouragement.   But as medicine has progressed, women began giving birt

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Preparing Siblings for a New Baby

Tips to help you deliver the news that someone is going to be a big brother or a big sister. Congratulations, you’re going to be a parent — again! A new baby is exciting news, but you may be nervous about how your other child or children will react.   Here are some tips for bringi

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Considering Episiotomy

When is an episiotomy a choice versus a necessity? Being pregnant is an exciting and anxious time. You may want to jump straight to picking out names and nursery items. But first, there are a few medical decisions and choices you’ll need to think about. Here are some to consider: What kind

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