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Exercise

Pregnancy exercise

Experts agree: Being physically active helps pregnant women feel energized, keep weight gain within the target range, and ward off a host of common complaints, from insomnia to backache.

What's more, regular exercise helps to prepare the body for the rigors of labor. Studies have shown that physically fit moms-to-be experience faster labors and require fewer inductions, fewer forceps deliveries, and fewer cesarean deliveries than their coach potato counterparts.

So what can you do?

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Ideas and Inspiration

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mother and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.

- (Doctor) Benjamin Spock


Advice & support

Are you experiencing mood swings? You might wonder if this is normal! While not always pleasant, you'll be relieved to find out that it is perfectly normal and quite common.

It's one of the classic signs of both PMS and pregnancy: mood swings of unbelievable proportions. They can vary from week to week or minute to minute, and it's really a roulette game when it comes to predicting the highs or the lows. Do your best to keep your emotions in check, and do what you must to avoid sticky interpersonal situations. Nighttime is not typically a good time to pick a fight.

In a mood?

Remember that you do not always have to answer a ringing phone. That's what voice mail was made for. And if something that happened earlier in the day is still troubling you at bedtime, get out a piece of paper and write down three things you will do to work on the situation tomorrow. You'll sleep better with this stress off your chest.

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Pregnancy breast changes

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Bigger, different colors, different shapes!

Your breasts will continue to change throughout pregnancy, growing larger as the milk ducts within multiply and mature. You may also notice bluish veins close to the skin, and may even have stretch marks. Your nipples will also enlarge, as will the areola, the pink area around the nipples. The areola will also darken, which is thought to serve to help your baby home in on the food source.

Tubercles, colostrum and more

You may also start to see little "pimples" on your areolas/(areolae), which are enlarged oil glands known as "Montgomery's tubercles." And then, even as early as the first part of the second trimester, you might notice your boobs are occasionally leaking a small amount of clear or slightly milky fluid, which is usually somewhat sticky. This is colostrum, which will serve as your baby's first food in the days after birth before your milk comes in. Read more!


Becoming a parent

mom newbornHundreds of experts have written on parenting, but only one person knows the unique set of life experiences, hopes, dreams-and fears-that you bring to this wonderful, at times overwhelming job: YOU. In this excerpt from the Creative Journal for Parents, Lucia Capacchione encourages you to not only embrace parenting, but seek the answers to your parenting questions within yourself.

Taking on the role of parent is perhaps the most awesome adventure on which one can embark. Like life, parenthood is filled with everything you can imagine, only more so. It takes us to highs and lows, agony and ecstasy, crisis and opportunity. I know of no other undertaking that demands more and guarantees less.

That is not to say that there are not rich rewards: the first smile of your infant, a hug from a toddler, the birthday card made by your preschooler, your youngster's proud victories in the arts, sports, or academic achievement.

One thing you can count on is the unexpected. There simply are no assurances that anything will turn out the way you expected or wanted it to.

Read the rest here!

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