pregnancy

Unplanned Pregnancies Are on the Decline

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Unintended pregnancy rates are falling across the US, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute. While the rates aren't consistent across the board, 28 states did see a drop in unintended pregnancies of 5 percent or more since 2006. This decline coincides with the introduction of new, more effective birth control methods... read more

He Said, She Said: How Life Changed When I Had Kids

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Joy Cho, founder of Oh Joy!, and her husband Bob have had an, oh, pretty busy decade. Joy launched her very successful lifestyle blog in 2005, and a year later married her then-boyfriend Bob. Together, the couple made the move west for Bob’s work as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Shriners Hospital for... 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

4-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Pregnant Mother

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We know a dad or two that could take a cue from this calm, cool and collected labor coach. Meet four-year-old Calise Manning, the Kalamazoo, MI native who saved the day when her pregnant mom had seizure. "She's shaking and she's having a baby," Calise told 911. "My mom is really pregnant and she's having a boy... 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.

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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

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

Dad Crashes Car, Delivers Baby

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When mom's in labor, the pressure is on for dad. And one Colorado father almost blew it. Almost. Colorado couple Sergey and Angela Sushko braved icy roads en route to North Suburban Medical Center when Angela went into labor 10 days early. While turning into the hospital parking lot, Sergey hit a curb and popped a... read more

Kate Middleton: 'I Can Feel Baby Kicking Now'

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Slowly but surely, we're learning more about royal baby #2. Don't get your hopes up; still no word on gender. But according to the UK newspaper The TelegraphKate Middleton is opening up about her baby's movements. "It's moving all the time. I can feel it kicking now," she told 17-year-old Martina McDonagh this weekend. McDonagh,... read more

It's a Girl for Ali Larter!

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It's a girl for Ali Larter and husband Hayes MacArthur! The couple welcomed Vivienne Margaret MacArthur on Thursday. "She came bearing gifts for her brother:  Batman sheets and lots of Gummy Bears!!!  7.5 lbs of love," Larter captioned a picture of an adorably-swaddled Vivienne on her website. The new baby joins four-year-old big brother Theodore... read more