Your baby this week
25 weeks pregnant

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Jenna Elfman

From yesterday's quizAccidentally on Purpose star Jenna Elfman posted the good news via a tweet after she welcomed her second son in March 2010. Her husband Bodhi also posted an update to Twitter: "Shazaam! Easton Quinn Monroe Elfman. Born March 2 @ 7:53AM. Triple Word Score, Grand Slam, Royal Flush! Digging this guy big time."


For a better birth

There are some things you can do to make your labor and delivery the best it can be. For example: Be patient!

To avoid unnecessary interventions (not to mention frayed nerves), don't go to the hospital until you're in active labor. Contractions will get progressively longer, stronger and closer together.

Take a look at these 15 tips for an empowering birth experience!


Don't touch my belly!

A reader asks: "I'm expecting my first baby, and several of the older at women at work like to play "pat the tummy" with my stomach. I am not much of a touchy-feely person, and them touching me like that seems like a total invasion of my personal space. I want them to stop, but I also don't want to be mean. How can I get them to back off, without alienating them totally?

don't touch pregnant belly

Our expert answers: There must be something about pregnant women that make others want to reach out and touch... almost like a moth drawn to a flame. I have always found that pregnant women either don't mind others touching their belly or they are so averse to it that they want to strike out at the person. I think it would be fair to say that you fall into the latter category.

There is nothing wrong with wanting others to keep their hands off your ever-expanding belly. Naturally, you don't want to rude and yell, 'Back off, ladies, or you'll be sorry' -- but a more gentle approach, I am sure, would be quite effective.

Read the rest of this expert's response here...


Goddess of childbirth

In Greek mythology, Artemis, the daughter of Zeus and Leto, is known as the "Mother Goddess." She both protects the young and presides over childbirth (as she apparently caused her mother no pain when she was born). Her temple in Turkey is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

>> Check out some Greek baby names here!


Knowing your rights

Although maternity rights and benefits in the US are not nearly as generous as the rest of the developed world, certain rights are protected by federal law, such as the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Work

This legislation requires employers with 50 or more employees to allow up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for various family and medical reasons, including childbirth, and guarantees that you will return to the same position or one of equal seniority and salary when you return.

Other legislation protects your right to working conditions that are safe both for you and your unborn child through the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and guarantee that your pregnancy must be treated as a medical condition for which you cannot be discriminated through the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). Further legislation has been enacted in twenty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that extends the provisions of the FMLA by varying degrees.

Read more about the laws protecting your at work during pregnancy here.

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