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How to Prepare for Baby's First Doctor Visit


You will most likely schedule your baby’s first doctors appointment upon being discharged after delivery. When the appointment approaches, knowing how to prepare can be tricky. Use the information below as a checklist and you’ll look like a pro!   What to Have: Insurance card Hospital paperwork Your medical record Questions Pen and pad (for notes) Diaper bag Blanket (...


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Car Seat Myths


As a new parent, there are some things you don’t realize will be as big of a deal as they turn out to be. One of those things are car seats. When you don’t have children, you don’t think about all the options and considerations involved in buying a car seat. When the time comes, it can be a bit intimidating. There are tons of information out there to help, but some of it just isn...


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How to Pick a Stroller


Picking a stroller is usually one of the most overwhelming parts of preparing for your new baby. With so many models, brands, types, and features, it would be hard not get at least a little stressed out. By asking yourself the following five questions, you should be able to greatly narrow down your choices.   How Long Do You Want to Use It? Strollers can only be used for a specified age gr...


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5 Best Ways to Deal With Unsolicited Pregnancy Advice


One of the most common, unspoken, side effects of pregnancy is the barrage of unsolicited pregnancy advice that will come your way. Unless you lock yourself away for of the entirety of your pregnancy, there’s no way to avoid this. The only thing you can control is how you react to it. If you’re having a tough time dealing with all the unwanted advice, try some of these five methods: &...


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Medications to Avoid While Pregnant


One of the harder parts of pregnancy is figuring out what medications you can and can’t take. Sometimes you only have a small headache and can forgo any medicine if you have too. In other instances, your condition is more serious and you need some type of medication. This is when it comes in handy to know which ones you cannot take, so that you can speak to your doctor about an alternative. ...


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The Differences Between the First and Second Pregnancy


Some women don’t even think about how different their second pregnancy will be from their first one. But anyone with more than one child can tell you that they are often like night and day. If you are currently pregnant with your second child, these are some of the differences you may notice:   Baby Books In the first pregnancy, you probably read every baby book you could get your ha...


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6 C-Section Facts


While c-sections can certainly be scary, a lack of information can make them even scarier. Most women have heard c-section horror stories or a laundry list of reasons why they are horrible. However, if your doctor wants you to have a c-section, it is usually because it is medically necessary. Whether or not you are scheduled to have a c-section, you should know these six facts:   You’...


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Most Important Details to Include in Your Birthing Plan


Creating a birthing plan can seem overwhelming. There are so many details and it can be hard to know what to include. If you are a first time mother, you don’t even have any experience to go off of. Thankfully, there are a ton of resources to help you through the process. Whether you use a computer generated plan or make your own from scratch, make sure to include this very important informa...


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5 Most Common Epidural Myths


Epidurals can sometimes get a bad rap, especially with natural births becoming popular again. However, every woman is different and while some may be able to handle a natural birth, for others it is just not feasible. Either way, making this decision based on myths can cause you to go through more pain than you needed to. Here are the 5 most common ones, and the reasons they aren’t true. &n...


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Top 4 Product Recall Websites


To maximize your child’s safety, you may want to make sure that none of their supplies, clothing, or toys have been recalled. The internet makes this extraordinarily simple. Here are four websites to check.   Safe Kids  Safe Kids compiles monthly lists of recalled items from  three different federal agencies. You can check out archived lists as far back as 2008.   We...


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