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42 weeks pregnant

Ideas & Inspiration

You may feel an irresistable urge to tidy your home or prepare meals or finish decorating the nursery. This is called the nesting instinct, and happens to many moms-to-be close to delivery. Go with your feelings, but don't wear yourself out! Take rest breaks frequently.

Lightning crashes, a new mother cries
This moment she's been waiting for
The angel opens her eyes...

"Lightning Crashes" by Live

The best nest

Take some time to prepare a nest of sorts for yourself after your delivery. You should get professionally fitted for two or three nursing bras during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Pass up synthetic fabrics and underwires. Cotton is cooler and underwire styles can press on tender milk-producing ducts. Ultrapure modified lanolin is a great nipple cream to use even before your baby comes. Moisturized skin is more flexible and less likely to crack. If you do get sore, a dab can heal skin quickly. Cushion your new nest with plenty of pillows. Prop up your arms, back and legs and make yourself comfortable while you take care of your baby. Tuck a pillow in front of your c-section incision in case your baby is a budding soccer star.

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Swaddled infant

Hospital choice matters

Pregnant women who have preeclampsia are more likely to avoid a cesarean delivery if they go to a hospital that offers the most specialized maternal and fetal care, according to Saint Louis University research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Levels of expertise and staffing at tertiary hospitals may allow greater attempts and success with vaginal delivery among women with preeclampsia compared with primary or secondary hospitals," writes Dorothea Mostello, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Read on right here!

What is quinoa?

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wa, is one of the oldest grains, originating in the Andean region of South America over 5,000 years ago. The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as "chisaya mama" or "mother of all grains." And with good reason - quinoa provides the nutritional value of meat (without the saturated fat) and is packed with complex carbs, iron, fiber, magnesium, and calcium. Best yet, quinoa is gluten-free and lacks the allergy potential of many modern-day grains, like wheat. Click here for more information for this nutritious, versatile grain as well as recipes!

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