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Your baby today

In the last few weeks before birth, your little one is gaining about 4 grams a day in white fat (that's for those cute, chubby baby arms!). That's as much fat as an average order of onion rings! By the middle of the last month, the average baby weighs about six to nine pounds and is 15 to 20 inches long.

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Babyproof your relationship

When the baby arrives, chances are you will be busier than ever and focusing on your little one. But don't forget about your relationship with your partner! Writer Ann Douglas shares some tips on keeping your relationship strong once baby comes home -- read them here.


Nursery safety tips

When it comes to your baby's nursery, you might think there's too much to do and too little time! We have good news for you: Getting started on your nursery project is as easy as A, B, C... In the nursery, safety is of utmost importance. But what dangers lurk? "The biggest nursery safety hazards are choking and strangulation," says Paula Markowitz.

Click here to read some of the risks, and and many other safety tips!

In the know

There are more than eight live births every minute of the day in the United States. In 2007 alone, there were an estimated 4,317,119 babies born --the highest number of births ever registered for the United States. Using that year as a benchmark, that means about 793 people are born every hour of every day!

pregnant music headphonesTurn it up, mama!

Many women approaching childbirth labor are fearful of the pain they may experience. Some are also unwilling or unable to take medication to ease the pain. A new study provides hope for those seeking to lessen delivery pain without medications.

How do they do it? Through the use of music.

Soft music decreased both sensation and distress of active labor pain in the first three hours and delayed increases in the distress of pain for an hour. For some participants relief was fairly substantial. Phumdoung has found that it can reduce the laboring mother's perception of pain and also her distress. Better pain management may speed recovery from childbirth and improve the mother-infant relationship.

Click here to learn more!

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