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What To Do When You’re Almost Due
“As my due date approached, I wanted to be as prepared as possible for this once-in-a-lifetime live news special event.” (read the story...)

Make Fitness Happen! 6 Easy Steps for New Moms
The most challenging aspect of getting back into shape after pregnancy is not lack of desire, sleep deprivation, or bone-numbing fatigue — it’s time. (read the story...)

The little-known birth disorder: ARND
If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, no amount of alcohol is safe. (read the story...)

Full Circle
The world’s first ‘test tube baby’ is all grown up, and about to become a Mum (read the story...)

Choosing an Obstetrician and Maternity Center
Starting a family is an exciting time — filled with emotions ranging from joy and excitement, to apprehension. (read the story...)

THE ULTIMATE GIFT
We talk with local specialists for an update on the procedure of EGG DONATION. (read the story...)

Beyond Layettes and Doctor Visits: Pregnancy Preparedness
Pregnancy is a time of exciting change. Your body is changing, and soon your family life will be joyously altered forever. Getting ready for a new baby is a busy time, but because there are so many things to prepare for, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the bigger issues you need to think about . . . (read the story...)

The Usual Supplements - not so safe if you’re expecting
Healthy women often rely on dietary supplements to fill in the gaps when diet and exercise run out of control. Pregnancy warps the picture though, making some natural remedies look as risky as an episode of Extreme Makeover. Even dietitians, physicians and naturopaths can’t seem to agree. And when prominent herbalists disagree over the effects an herb has — which happens even with common ones like garlic — it proves that supplementing safely is a hard concept to pin down. (read the story...)

More done than ever before …C-SECTION RISKS: What Every Woman Needs to Know
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in four babies is now delivered by Cesarean — the highest level ever reported, and over 10 percent higher than in countries with similar demographics. But a new consumer booklet, What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about Cesarean Section, from the Manhattan-based Maternity Center Association (MCA), warns that C-sections are associated with significant short- and long-term physical and emotional health risks for both mother and baby. (read the story...)

Mind Over Matter: Battling the Fertility CrisisNew mind/body program empowers city’s infertility patients with hope
All Maryann* had ever wanted was a baby.When her mother-in-law told her that she seemed to be awfully tense these days, and her sister-in-law added that, if she wanted to get pregnant, she "just needed to relax," she choked down her anger and changed the subject as quickly as she could. Later that night, calmer, she wondered if there was any validity to their comments. Surprisingly, the answer may be yes. (read the story...)

Morning Sickness: Coping With The Worst
When Jennifer first discovered she was pregnant, she was elated. Her excitement, however, was soon replaced by nausea and vomiting. Within a few months, her morning sickness became so bad she had lost 20 pounds and had been hospitalized twice for dehydration. Jennifer had hyperemesis gravidarum, the medical term for more serious morning sickness. (read the story...)

When You're Hoping to Conceive Again
My OB/GYN patted me on the shoulder. "Your uterus and ovaries are normal, and your health is excellent," he said, smiling. "I'd say you've got at least a couple more years of baby-making in you." It was exactly the vote of confidence I needed. I was turning 40 and my fiancé and I planned to have a child together as soon as we got married. Since my two boys (then 6 and 8) had both been conceived on literally the first attempt, I had no reason to doubt my doctor's prognosis. There was just one problem. He was wrong. (read the story...)

Having a Baby?Relax ….
: “Through labor, I felt no pain at all,” says Amy Moore of Riverside, describing the delivery of her second child nine months ago. “And I didn’t always practice my visualization.” Regardless, Moore’s participation in a self-hypnosis birthing program called HypnoBirthing seemed to help anyway. (read the story...)

10 things every woman needs to know about
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Are Boys Born Later Than Girls?
A new report suggests that male babies are more likely to be born from a prolonged pregnancy than females. Based on the most recent data, a pregnancy is deemed prolonged if it lasts 41 weeks or longer. (read the story...)

Miscarriages Linked to Low Folic Acid Levels
Many women know that taking folic acid, or folate, before and during early pregnancy can help protect their unborn babies from neural tube defects. Now a study shows that folic acid also helps to prevent early miscarriages. (read the story...)

New Thoughts on Morning Sickness
For nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, first try changing your diet, says Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology, in a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (read the story...)

Banking on the Future — with CORD BLOOD BANKS
If you're pregnant or have had a child in the past few years, you've probably heard about cord blood banking, which allows umbilical stem cells to be stored cryogenically, under liquid nitrogen. (read the story...)

Ooh, aah … Ommmmmmm!The yoga craze moves into motherhood
A couple of months ago, I had heard two fabulous but scary words: “You’re pregnant!” Fearing the weight issue, my doctor had handed me a brochure on prenatal yoga that brought a lot of questions to my mind: How would yoga help me stay fit? (read the story...)

Landmark Survey Finds Childbirth Interventions Vexing: First national survey of its kind shows mothers hi-tech, but happy
"She huffed, and she puffed, and she huffed, and she puffed, and finally, out came a perfect little boy . . . " Have you ever wondered if other women's experiences during childbirth and the postpartum period were similar to yours? Most likely you have, because the majority of women are fascinated by birth stories, including our own. (read the story...)

Update: 9/11 Pregnancy Study On Track
Using Ground Zero and its surrounding areas as their Petrie dish, a team of Columbia University researchers have been working around the clock to determine precisely how the attack on the World Trade Center affected pregnant moms and their newborns. And so far, so good, researchers report of their progress. (read the story...)


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