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Livin' la vida buena

JLO nursery

JLo (Jennifer Lopez) had her twins, Maximiano and Emelina, and right from the start they've enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle that most of us can only dream of.

From diamond maracas and 600-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets to a baby masseuse that comes twice a week, this pair of Latino royalty have already got it made. (See their room to the right.)

So when it comes to going all out to welcome the new baby, is there such a thing as too swanky? Precious or posh? You decide...

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Attention!

If you're feeling fatigued, dizzy or tire easily, and extra rest doesn't seem to be helping, you may have anemia, in which the number of red blood cells is low (your hematocrit level will be lower than 37 and your hemoglobin will be lower than 12).

Mild anemia is often seen in pregnant women. If you are anemic when you go into labor, you are at higher risk of needing a blood transfusion after your baby is born -- which is why it's important to take care of your anemia before labor begins by following your caregiver's advice about diet and supplementation (iron or prenatal vitamins).


(Don't) put a ring on it

Pregnant woman

Misty asks, "Just curious if any of you will take off your rings when/if your fingers start to swell? ...Honestly, I'd prefer to leave it on because I personally hate the thought of not wearing my wedding ring."

Some real-life moms answered her question -- one of which was Alicia, who said, "Take your rings off early! I learned the hard way. When I was pregnant with Jake, I had decided that I would not take my wedding rings off, because I was worried about others' perception of me as a 'young, single' mommy. I kept noticing the swelling, and that by the end of the day, my ring finger would be a slightly different color than the others, but I didn't care.

"Long story short, there came a time when it was obvious that the circulation to this finger was compromised, and I spent several hours in hysterics because it absolutely would NOT come off! We were just about to go have it cut off, when my husband came up with some scheme involving vegetable shortening and something else that ultimately worked. But, we spent several very nervewracking hours -- not a fun experience. I think this was right around 7-1/2 months for me."

Read more answers here!


Being negative

If your blood type is Rh negative, you will probably be given a medication called Rhogam. But why is this necessary, and will being Rh negative cause problems to you or your baby? Obstetrician/Gynecologist David Barrere explains Rh sensitization and how it is prevented.

Mom with baby

A reader asks: "Can you tell me about Rhogam? I am interested in knowing when and why it is necessary and also how this substance is made. "

Dr Barrere answers: "Rhogam (Rh Immune Globulin) is an injectable medication used to modulate the mother's immune system to prevent a condition known as Rh isoimmunization. Red blood cells can contain a surface protein called the D antigen. The presence of this protein is synonymous with the term Rh positive (e.g. O+, A+, B+, AB+); the absence is synonymous with the term Rh negative (i.g. O-, A-, B-, AB-). In each pregnancy, there is some mixing of maternal and fetal blood, but to varying degrees. If an Rh negative woman is exposed to Rh positive blood, either by exposure to an Rh positive fetus' blood or by a previous improperly matched transfusion, the woman will produce antibodies in response to the foreign substance. This process is called sensitization, which is the first step in Rh isoimmunization.

Rh isoimmunization cannot occur if a mother is Rh positive." To learn more, please click here.