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    Postpartum Depression
    10 Signs and Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
    Is it just the "baby blues," or something more serious? While it's common for new moms to feel sad or moody after giving birth, intense emotions and disturbing thoughts for prolonged periods can be signs of postpartum depression (PPD). According ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Returning to Work
    From Burp Cloth to Briefcase: 12 Tips for New Moms Returning to Work
    Returning to work after maternity leave can be difficult for new moms. The stress of leaving your baby, coupled with feelings of guilt and personal expectations, can all add up, leaving you feeling sad, anxious, and stressed. Use these tips to he...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Woman in office learning about maternity leave
    Maternity Leave
    Maternity Leave Laws: What Are Your Rights?
    It wasn't so long ago that there were no laws to protect pregnant women on the job. If an employer didn't want a pregnant woman at work, he or she could fire her. If a woman wanted to come back to work after delivering her child, there was no gua...
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    Father's Day Gifts
    Great Gift Ideas for Dad's First Father's Day
    Every dad's first Father's Day is a special one. Honor Daddy's important new role with a memorable, heartfelt, or just plain fun gift from you and your baby. Also, here's a perfect printable Father's Day card for a first-time dad. If you're look...
    Erin Dower
  • new mother holds her baby
    Adjusting to New Motherhood
    12 Taboo Topics for New Moms
    New motherhood brings a bundle of joy — as well as a lot of prying questions, judgmental comments, and unwanted advice about raising a baby. We've compiled some awkward and awful real-life anecdotes from moms. Learn what topics call for caution...
    Erin Dower
  • Pregnancy
    Recovery
    Your Six-week Checkup
    In the first couple of months following the birth of their baby, the majority of women don't experience any major health concerns and will revert back to their prepregnant health status. However, it's good practice to have a general assessment to...
  • two babies playing in the playroom
    Activities for Babies
    It's Playtime, Baby! 12 Simple Developmental Activities to Try with Your Tot
    Stumped on ideas for how to play with your baby? These fun and easy activities help stimulate your infant's development — and bring on some adorable smiles and giggles. And remember, much of your baby's learning in her first year will happen na...
    Erin Dower
  • What to Expect in the First 12 Hours After You Deliver
    Recovery
    Meeting Your Baby and Recovering: The First 12 Hours
    Of course your experiences will depend on your labor and birth and local procedures, but here is what usually occurs in your first 12 hours after birth.1-2 hoursAs long as he is well, your baby can be placed in your arms, and you can cuddle him a...
  • Parenting Today
    Adjusting to New Motherhood
    A Changing World
    Today, there are many varieties of family life. Although studies report on the problems of modern childhood, children are familiar with and tolerant of different cultures, and living and working practices.Mature momsThe number of births to women ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 39 weeks and 6 days
    Week 40 of Pregnancy
    You are 39 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIt's been wonderful to see your baby's progress and facial features as each day of the pregnancy has passed by. 2D and 3D ultrasound images, as well as MRI, have all played a part in giving us a glimpse into the fascinating and com...
  • Learn about Maternity Leave Laws
    Maternity Leave
    Managing Your Maternity Leave
    Managing Your Maternity Leave A United Nations survey found that out of 152 countries, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Lesotho, Switzerland, and Papua New Guinea were the only ones one that did not have a national policy requiring paid...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 33 weeks and 3 days
    Week 34 of Pregnancy
    You are 33 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayAt this stage it is simply no longer possible to see the whole baby on a scan. The ultrasound scan cannot not step far enough back to include the whole baby in a single view. Instead it is necessary to move the probe around, to exa...
  • Fetus 32 Weeks 5 Days
    Week 33 of Pregnancy
    You are 32 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this image, the arm is positioned near head and is partly outside of the 3D view. This allows the ultrasound scan to look within the arm. Part of the bones in the forearm are seen here as bright reflections. ...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 32 weeks and 1 day
    Week 33 of Pregnancy
    You are 32 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn this image the hands are folded over beneath the chin and there's a foot up by the mouth and nose. It can look as if your baby is quite a contortionist but because he is still quite skinny, the joints allow for a great deal of f...
  • FMLA Rights
    Maternity Leave
    Maternity Leave: Your Rights and Benefits
    When you have a baby, you can take up to 12 weeks off work during a 12-month period and retain your right to return to the same, or an equivalent, position, including equivalent pay and benefits, if you are eligible to be covered by the Family an...
  • ultrasound of human fetus as 28 weeks and 1 day
    Week 29 of Pregnancy
    You are 28 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis week is something of a landmark in your baby's development. Although a baby born at this stage would still need help with breathing, the lungs have matured to an extent that survival chances outside the uterus are significantl...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 24 weeks and 1 day
    Week 25 of Pregnancy
    You are 24 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant
    Your baby todayFrom this week, brown fat is laid down in your baby's neck, chest, and back to be used after birth to produce heat and energy. At the moment he has no control over his temperature, which is efficiently maintained at a perfect level...
  • Your Postpartum Body
    Postpartum Health
    You and Your New Body After Childbirth
    You and Your New Body After Childbirth You're no longer pregnant, but your body just isn't the same as it was. You've changed, and it takes time to get back into shape. For example, your breasts are still large (whether you intend to breast-feed...