health

8 Easy, Feel-Good Yoga Moves for Expecting and New Moms

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Yoga is a great form of exercise during and after pregnancy. It can help you to stretch, strengthen, become more aware of your body and connect with your breathing. Try this simple yoga flow to strengthen and tone all the major muscle groups, including the core! The complete flow will take you about... read more

Mom and Dad Won’t Let Grandparents Meet New Baby Until They’re Vaccinated

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Here's what happened on Reddit two days ago: User Guy_at_the_counter revealed that he and his wife, who's due in less than four weeks with their first child, have asked their parents to get vaccinated before coming over to meet their new granddaughter. They thought it was a simple, reasonable request. But when the... read more

Could a Glass of Wine During Pregnancy Make Baby Smarter?

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Should you skip the booze? Apparently not. A new study found that expectant moms who drink moderately during their pregnancies give birth to babies with better mental health when compared to moms who refrain from drinking. But, interestingly enough, even the author of the latest study believes that just because the findings show... read more

Whoa! 1 in 5 Pregnant Women Smokes — How It Affects Baby

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Today the March of Dimes is celebrating 50 years of progress in the fight against smoking during pregnancy. In a new report released by the Surgeon General, the organization confirms that babies born to smokers will have a cleft lip and a cleft palate. The report, titled, "The Health Consequences of Smoking --... read more

5 Easy-to-Do Exercises You’ll Actually Want to Try

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Need a quick energy boost?This short circuit of five exercises is a great way to rev up your metabolism and get a full body workout in a few minutes (because, let's face it, all you really have most days is just that: five minutes). The low-impact version of each exercise is appropriate for beginners and... read more

Why Postpartum Depression Never Really Ends for Some Moms

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New research published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry found that though symptoms of postpartum depression decrease over time, depression still remains a long-term problem for 30 to 50 percent of affected women. Led by Dr. Nicole Vliegen at the University of Leuven, Belgium, researchers performed a critical review of the research on... read more

Scientists Are One Step Closer to Finding the Cause of Preterm Labor

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In new research published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found that the reason a woman's water breaks too soon (resulting in preterm labor) may be due to bacteriaLed by the Duke University School of Medicine, the study authors suggest that a certain bacteria found in moms-to-be may lead to a thinning of... read more

Soon-to-Be Grandma’s Gift to Daughter Is the Ultimate Labor of Love

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Ready for a story that will blow the lid of your Emotion-o-Meter? In Utah, a soon to-be grandma is planning to give birth to her granddaughter. Yep, you read that right, but for reiteration's sake, I'll repeat: A soon-to-be grandmother is planning to give birth to her granddaughter. Julia Navarro is the gestational... read more

4 Simple Strategies to Jump-Start Your Fitness Resolutions

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Was one of your New Years Resolutions for 2014 to get fit or control your weight? If so, you probably already know that those are of the most difficult resolutions to keep (sorry!). It's usually easy to find motivation in the beginning, especially if you over-indulged over the holidays (who didn't?!) and have some new... read more

The Breastfeeding Benefit You Haven’t Heard Of Yet

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Want to do something today that may make aging easier on your body? Start breastfeeding, mom! Researchers in China recently found that women who breastfed may lower their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life. But, uh, what exactly is rheumatoid arthritis? The painful form of arthritis typically causes swelling, stiffness and... read more