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From nursing to finger foods, here’s how to nourish your little one’s first 12 months.  As you settle into a nursing routine, you may be wondering when baby can start to eat other foods. Experts recommend babies be exclusively breastfed during the first 6 months before introducing other foods.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least baby’s 1st year, and the World Health Organization recommends feeding babies breastmilk for t

Your baby needs a full 40 weeks of pregnancy As you get closer and closer to your due date, it probably seems like your baby will never arrive. You’re having a hard time sleeping, your back hurts, your feet are swollen and just when you finally get comfortable, you have to use the bathroom again. But don’t give up with the finish line in sight. Your last few weeks of your pregnancy are very important to your baby. Problems with Being Born Early Did you k

Breastfeeding is the most natural and healthy way to feed a baby, and has lots of benefits for you and baby. After all, choosing to breastfeed your baby is one of the most important ways you can provide the best care for him or her. With nursing, you’re giving your baby the most complete nutrition available in milk that is precisely made by your body according to your baby’s gestational age at birth.Your first nursing sessions may not always be smooth sailing but with k

As you get closer and closer to your due date, it probably seems like your baby will never arrive. You’re having a hard time sleeping, your back hurts, your feet are swollen and just when you finally get comfortable, you have to use the bathroom again. Most women are so ready for pregnancy to be over during those final weeks.But don’t give up with the finish line in sight. Your last few weeks of your pregnancy are very important to your baby. Problems with birth before term Di

Just like in single pregnancies, you’ll want to begin breastfeeding your twin or triplet babies as soon as possible after birth and encourage them to nurse every 2-3 hours so that they’re eating at least 8 times a day. You absolutely can nurse more than 1 baby at a time if they’re born mature enough to breathe and eat on their own. Prepare for breastfeeding multiples Being educated about breastfeeding multiples is the most important thing that you can do to get

Certainly one of the most annoying and well-known discomforts of pregnancy is morning sickness!If you’re going to experience it, morning sickness usually begins not long after you first become pregnant and lasts until the end of the first trimester. It’s typically considered one of the most distressing symptoms, particularly if it continues throughout your pregnancy.Morning sickness can occur at any time of the day. It can be mild or severe and includes everything fr

The axiom “if it’s in your mouth it’s in your body” holds true even more so during pregnancy. Did you know that neglecting your teeth and gums during pregnancy can lead to periodontal disease, and some research even links this disease to preterm labor, preeclampsia, and low birthweight babies?No wonder both the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Academy of Dentistry recommend that moms receive dental care before, during, and after pregnancy. We’re

Everyone knows that at the beginning of pregnancy you have blood drawn, but have you ever stopped to think about what tests are being done and what they actually mean?Many of these early tests are used to get a baseline of where your various blood serum levels are. For example, checking your hematocrit and hemoglobin tells your provider whether you are anemic, as well as your blood type and whether you are Rh positive or negative. This latter information can become very important later in y

One of the scariest things that can happen to you when you are pregnant is to notice some vaginal bleeding or “spotting.” Fortunately, not all bleeding and spotting means that something is wrong; but it is important to know what to do if it happens. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way in easing your fears!Spotting is typically a small amount of often blood-tinged mucous that you only see when you wipe with tissue after urinating, or you may see a few spots on your underwear. The

Yes, it’s rough when you get toward the end of your pregnancy. Your back is hurting, your feet might be swollen, you can’t sleep because you can’t get comfortable or because you need to get up and go to the bathroom. However, think about how far you have come! Pregnancy is 40 weeks and you are almost at the finish line. Considering an induction? As you experience this uncomfortable time your thoughts may turn to considering being induced – having your labor

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