Do Measles Make Disneyland Off-Limits?

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If you’re reading this in the United States, you might be wondering why. Why should measles be on your radar? Virtually eradicated by the 1980s, the ultra-contagious virus is effectively prevented by vaccination. But this month’s Disneyland outbreak brought them back into conversation and people are wondering: is it really safe to visit crowded places... read more

Could Preemie Babies Be Less Lucky in Love?

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Paging Cupid to the delivery room: Carrying to term may set baby up for a more favorable love life in adulthood. According to a study published in the latest issue of Pediatrics, twenty-somethings born preterm (before 37 weeks) are less likely to move in with a romantic partner or have sexual intercourse than their peers... read more

Chicken Noodle Soup for Your Snow Day

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Doing some last-minute grocery shopping before the storm gets really bad? You really only have one option on a snow day. Say it with us: Chicken. Noodle. Soup. Sure, everyone claims to have grandma’s secret recipe. But not to worry if you don’t — you can borrow ours. What You’ll Need: 6 chicken drumsticks (about 2... read more

Should You Really Shovel Snow While Pregnant?

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With winter storm Juno barreling into the northeast, we've seen the same question pop up in our Community again and again: is it safe to shovel snow while pregnant? Bumpies seem to have come to a consensus: you can but probably shouldn't. And we couldn't agree more.

During the first and second trimesters, it's like...

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A New Position for Childbirth?

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Don't get too confident in your Lamaze training; new research is challenging a routine childbirth practice. According to a study published in the February issue of the journal Anesthesiology, there may be a better way to position women during labor. Right now, most OBs and anesthesiologists place women on their sides,... read more

Trendy Humidifiers for Your Nursery

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We're pretty vested in your flu prevention (and baby's!) this winter. So first thing's first -- if you didn't see this post from Dr. Altmann, give it a read. Another thing you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick? Invest in a good humidifier. Sounds boring, we know, so we turned... read more

Make Tummy Time Fun for Mom and Baby

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As a physical therapist, I often educate new moms on the importance of tummy time for their babies. It can start when baby is about two or three months old (or can lift her head). Helping baby become comfortable in the prone position has big benefits: Reduces risks of SIDS- Placing baby on her belly helps... read more

Would You Use Laughing Gas During Labor?

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Skeptical about an epidural? Cringing at the thought of natural labor? The latest birthing trend is your happy medium: laughing gas. We know, we know, it sounds more like the dentist's office than the delivery room. But it's making its way back to the US (the practice of using nitrous oxide during labor has been... read more

Similac Calls For an End to the Mommy Wars (WATCH)

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Sometimes, motherhood feels a lot like middle school. From the passive aggressive competition to the cliques, it's like we never even left the playground. And now, an unlikely source is calling us out. Formula brand Similac is welcoming us to the "sisterhood of motherhood." And they created an over-the-top video to remind us just... read more

Our Favorite Famous Moms Dish on Parenting

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Nothing humbles celebrities quite like parenthood. We may not go to their parties or live in their neighborhoods, but changing a diaper evens the playing field. Whether they're experiencing first-time motherhood or on their sixth child (hey there, Angelina Jolie), these women pass along the joys, wisdom and "aha" moments they've learned along the way.... read more