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What to Do When You're Overdue

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You're 41 long weeks into your pregnancy, and your baby has still not made his or her arrival into the world yet. By the third trimester, you're tired, bloated and so ready for this baby to come out, so what's the hold-up? Why haven't you gone into labor yet?

An abnormally long gestation period or an overdue pregnancy can be an incredibly frustrating time for expectant mothers. 

Finding a Couples Therapist

Finding a Couples Therapist

The best way to find a good therapist is through a personal recommendation. If someone tells you that a particular therapist helped save his or her marriage, then that therapist is likely to be very good. Also consider asking your religious leader. He or she has probably referred couples to therapy in the past and would be happy to help you find a good therapist.

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Traveling in Pregnancy

Traveling Safely During Your Pregnancy

Making plans

Editor's note: Avoid travel to areas affected by Zika virus during pregnancy, and always talk with your doctor about international travel plans well in advance.

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Updated: November 22, 2021

10 Completely Natural Ways to Induce Labor

Naturally Induce Labor

When you're past your due date, you'll do just about anything to get things moving. While there is no magic switch for inducing labor, some overdue moms want to induce labor naturally. Of course, you should always check with your doctor first because each momma is different and you want to be sure you're not doing anything that would harm you or your baby. Your doctor may have some ideas for labor induction as well. Everyone has a common goal here!

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Understanding Depression

What is depression

Understanding Depression

Depression is one of the most common and most misunderstood illnesses. Many people think that if they are feeling depressed, they should just be able to get over it by themselves. When depression becomes severe, this isn't true. Many times depression has biological causes and can be treated with medication. Depression can be overwhelming and out of the person's control. Depression can last for many months, or even years, if it's not treated.

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Updated: March 11, 2022

The Best Postpartum Workouts for New Moms

Postpartum Exercise

After giving birth, many new moms want to get back to working out as quickly as possible to lose the baby weight. But you don’t want to rush into exercise after pregnancy because you could end up doing more harm than good. You not only have a little one to take care of now, but you also want to give your body time to heal. Any postpartum workout for a new mother should be doctor approved since every woman is going to be different post-pregnancy.

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Finding an Adoption Agency

Locating and scoping out agencies

Finding an Adoption Agency

How do you locate a reputable and competent adoption agency? Many people merely pick up the Yellow Pages and start dialing every number listed under “Adoption.” Not a good idea. The agency with the splashiest advertisement isn't necessarily the best one. (Although it might be.) Forget about making your agency choice solely by choosing the agency with the nicest website or the cutest photos of babies on the Internet.

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Using the Web as a Research Tool

Using the Web as a Research Tool

How do you do research on the Web?
First, figure out key words to use in the search. To find sites on the Penobscot Indians, for example, think of other words to describe them. If you just type Penobscot, you'll miss tons of information and get some really off the wall stuff. Instead, try to think of more common, less specific words: Native Americans, American Indians, Native American tribes, etc. Next, I choose a search engine on the Web.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

The 3 Main Differences Between a Sensory Meltdown and a Temper Tantrum

toddler having a temper tantrum or sensory meltdown

As parents, we can usually recognize when our kid is throwing a temper tantrum. Something, usually hearing the word “no,” will trigger them. And suddenly they turn into a red-faced, wild-eyed banshee. And there is something else that could have them acting similarly, a sensory meltdown. Meltdowns usually come from a less direct source. But how do you tell the difference? There are a few key indicators.

Updated: May 15, 2019

Overprescription of Antibiotics

Overprescription of Antibiotics

Several weeks ago, when my seven-year-old son came down with a nasty cold and cough, I thought for sure the pediatrician would prescribe antibiotics. But instead, she sent us home empty-handed. "Chances are it's just a bad virus that needs to run its course," the doctor explained. "If I give him an antibiotic for no reason, this same antibiotic might not work in the future when he really needs it."

Drug-resistant bacteria

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Will My Baby Have Freckles?

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What is a freckle and how do you get them?

Ephelides, also known as freckles, are clusters of skin cells that have browned due to high exposure to sun and results in overproduction of melanin. They are appear most commonly on humans with lighter skin tones who don’t protect their skin from sun exposure. Another key factor in developing freckles is not wearing sunscreen. Your genetic coding will also play a role as it determines how easily your skin will burn when in the sun.

Updated: January 26, 2022

Changes To Your Poop During Pregnancy (Everything You Need to Know)

Pooping While Pregnant

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It’s not a very glamorous subject, so we often talk about the changes in bowel movements pregnant women face.

Updated: February 12, 2020

What To Ask Your Doctor About Prenatal Genetic Testing

Mom and dad receiving genetic testing results from female doctor

Whether you’re pregnant or planning to grow your family soon, many couples will decide to do prenatal genetic testing. Genetic testing can give you information regarding what your future child may be predisposed to or whether a current fetus has genetic disorders. If you’re ready to make the leap here are eight questions to ask your doctor to be fully prepared.

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Women's Health Screening

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Women's Health Screening

You can screen yourself for possible medical problems by answering the following questions. Similar to the questions given at school physicals before clearing an athlete for participation in sports, the following list of questions is designed to identify disease or injury risks. A "yes" answer suggests that you discuss this with your primary care physician or health-care professional. You might also see a sports medicine doctor, especially if your problem is related to pain.
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Get Set for Pregnancy: Prepare Your Body

Lifestyle Changes When Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy

Get Set for Pregnancy: Prepare Your Body

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If you get pregnant while taking birth control pills, don't worry that they will affect the health of your baby. Babies born to moms who were taking oral contraceptives at the time of conception are at no higher risk for birth defects than any other babies.

Like any other system in your body, the reproductive system needs to be in good shape to work properly. So before you plunge into pregnancy, take some time to get into top form.

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Autism: A Mother Looks at Diagnosis

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Autism: A Mother Looks at Diagnosis

There was no one moment when we found out that Andrew had autism. Maybe if we had been more in denial, there would have been some shock at the moment when the psychologist said to us, "I don't think he has autism....I know it," but, honestly, it wasn't entirely a surprise. It was awful news, and we didn't want to hear it, but we saw it coming.

Andrew was two and a half when we got the official diagnosis. We had known for a while that he was different from other kids.

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The Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle

Shock through depression

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Grief Cycle

Shock and disbelief. The first reaction a parent usually has when hearing the diagnosis, even if they suspected something was wrong, is disbelief. "There must be some mistake." "This can't be happening." At this point, the parent usually does not process exactly what has happened or the enormity of what has just been said.

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Updated: June 21, 2021

How a Lactation Consultant Can Help Your Family

Lactation Consultant

If you plan to incorporate breastfeeding as part of your motherhood journey, it can be very helpful to take the time to inform yourself about resources that can assist you. Although new moms may plan to breastfeed and expect such a natural feeding process to be easy, that is not always the case. Fortunately, there are many ways to learn about breastfeeding and to receive help. Our guide will take you through what you need to know about lactation education, and, specifically, how a lactation specialist or consultant can help your family.

by: Breanna Richey

When's the Best Time to Take a Pregnancy Test?

How Soon Can You Take a Pregnancy Test

Whether you’re hoping for a positive or negative result, taking a pregnancy test is always an anxiety-riddled task. From doubting how accurate a home pregnancy test is to wondering when to take a pregnancy test, a million questions are swirling around in your mind.

Pregnancy is a life-changing event, and most people want to know sooner rather than later. However, while at-home pregnancy tests are convenient and fairly accurate when taken at the appropriate time, it’s normal to second-guess whether you’ve received a false-negative or false-positive result.