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Pregnancy and Your Fitness
Physical fitness and strength levels may decline in pregnant women. Compared to pre-pregnancy levels, a study finds that fitness and strength are lower at six weeks postpartum. However, fitness and strength begin to improve by 27 weeks postpartum.

Keep Your Cool This Summer
When the heat is on, life can become very hard when you are pregnant. Instead of looking forward to those long, hot August days, you may find yourself dreaming of igloos and frozen ice-caps, so try out these tricks to help you keep your cool when the temperature rises.

How to Find a Breastfeeding Class
About midway through your second trimester, your caregiver will suggest that you register for prenatal classes. Many moms assume that they need childbirth preparation only and that they will learn everything else in the hospital, from books, or “on the job.” This is ironic, because while the labor and birth process is usually over in 24 hours or less, feeding and caring for your baby will take years. Find out what the content is of classes available in your community, rather than choosing the first class that is offered to you.

10 Tips for Finding a Medical Professional For Your Child
Well before treatment is needed, help your child to prepare emotionally for medical procedures. Play "dentist,” "doctor" or "hospital,” read relevant books about children having medical treatment. To help your child become familiar with medical instruments before treatment is needed, find real instruments (such as a rubber pick and plastic dental mirror) or create "play" ones (such as using a piece of fabric as a blood pressure wrap). Medical treatment can be frightening to a child, especially if there are too many new and strange things to learn about all at once.

Disciplining an Infant: Are You Kidding?
The thought of disciplining a child in the first year of life seems wrong or even ridiculous. Yet every time an infant reaches up to tug his mother's hair and she gently removes his grasp, or when he pulls an unsafe object to his mouth and she intervenes, that's setting limits, that's redirecting, that's guidance — and yes, that's discipline. Effective discipline is not punishment. It's teaching. Discipline really starts from day one.

Baby Massage From A-Z
Baby massage has been practiced since ancient times. It can be as simple as a gentle rub with lotion after a bath or a more practiced infant massage. The benefits are many for both baby and parent. You can, and should, massage a child of any age from newborn to adulthood. Children learn much about the power of gentle touch. There's something very special about spending a little time giving your teenager a backrub or foot massage. It maintains a beautiful parent-child connection throughout a lifetime.

Pets and Kids: When Baby Makes Four
A curious and affectionate pet can unintentionally harm a baby. A child may be accidentally scratched or even dropped when a friendly dog jumps up on you to investigate. When the baby learns to crawl and then to walk, it enters a new phase, and your pet's view of the child may change.

How do we know if we’re ready to have another baby?
Bring it on! Are you ready for Baby #2? Number 4??

Five Mistakes Women Make During Pregnancy
A woman’s pregnancy entitles everyone within a 10-mile radius of the large-bellied lady to give her constant, unwanted advice -- or so it seems. Truth be told, the decisions you make during pregnancy are the first ones you will make as a parent. And when it comes to pregnancy and parenting, most of us have to learn the hard way: trial and error.

You Want to Eat What?!? Pregnancy Cravings Gone Too Far
When Kari (not her real name) found herself drawn to her laundry soap near the end of her second pregnancy, she didn't think much of it. After her baby was born, her soap's mysterious allure disappeared.

Pregnancy Tips for the Professional Woman
Varicose veins, fatigue, back and neck pain and other common discomforts of pregnancy are difficult enough to ward off under the best of circumstances. They can be worsened by the characteristic conditions of an office job.

Choosing Where to Give Birth
For most American women, choosing where to give birth is deceptively simple. Pick up the telephone book and insurance directory or log on to the Internet and find out which physicians and hospitals on your insurance plan are closest to home. Presto, your choice is complete!

Birth of a Child, Birth of an Activist
A revealing look at one woman's transformation from a shy, stuttering teen into a vocal advocate for the natural parenting community.

What Not to Buy for a New Baby
When there’s a new baby on the way, busy parents want affordable, practical solutions – not a lot of unnecessary gear. While innovative products are making infant care easier than ever in some ways, experienced parents often find that the simplest solutions are the best.

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Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition Starts Before Conception!
I need to eat more protein because I have protein in my urine.
Levels of calcium and magnesium recommended for pregnancy

Pregnancy Health & Wellness

Can You Color Your Hair While You’re Pregnant?
Nine Homeopathic Months: Pregnancy
Smoking and pregnancy: Is It Ok to Smoke When You’re Pregnant?
Herbal Allies for Pregnant Women

Morning Sickness

What You Can Do to Ease Morning Sickness
Nine Homeopathic Months: Pregnancy
Herbal Allies for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy Complications - Pregnancy Problems

What You Need to Know About Feeding a Premature Baby
Three Strategies to Prevent Pre-Term Contractions
Things You Can Do to Avoid an Unnecessary Cesarean
Herbal Allies for Pregnancy Problems

Labor Support, Techniques & Procedures

Hypnosis for Childbirth: What Is It -- And Does It Work?
Coping With Slow Labor
Labor Support: More Than Huff-Puff-Blowww
Off-Label Use of Cytotec: Drawbacks to Popular Labor-Inducing Drug
Five great labor positions

Family Relations During Pregnancy & Delivery

Tips to Building a Sibling Relationship
Help Your Marriage Survive a New Baby
Are We Ready for Another Baby?
Siblings at the Baby’s Birth?
Good Grandparenting begins at birth
Simple Ways to Include Your Partner in Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy Homeopathy

Nine Homeopathic Months: Pregnancy
Herbal Allies for Pregnant Women
Herbal Allies for Pregnancy Problems

Baby Care

Pets and Kids: When Baby Makes Four
Tips for Building a Sibling Relationship
To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise
What You Need to Know About Feeding Your Premature Baby
Hepatitis B: Your Baby’s First Vaccination?
Caring for Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord

What is Attachment Parenting?

Attachment Parenting: Is It For You? 
What is Attachment Parenting?
The Science of Attachment
The Chemistry of Attachment

Long Term Attachment Parenting
What exactly is “attachment parenting” as it applies to all ages?

Articles on Getting Babies To Sleep

My 6-month-old baby wakes up almost every hour to breastfeed.
My baby won't nap! She fights sleep but gets fussier and fussier as the day progresses.
Using White Noise While Babies Sleep
Write a Family Bestseller: “My Sleep Book”
Why Isn't She Sleeping at Night?


Co-sleeping and the Family Bed

Tips for Successful Family Beds
We’re expecting our first baby soon and thinking about using a family bed.
Using a Family Bed - Co Sleeping
Checklist For Safe Cosleeping
Top 10 Uses For a Crib (other than sleeping!)
Co-sleeping and the Media

Babywearing - Using Slings

Getting Back to Basics with Babywearing
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Slings
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Natural Fathering Articles

10 Reasons to Tell Your Kids Stories
Help Your Hubby Support Breastfeeding
Help For Overwhelmed Fathers
Natural Fathering - Save Memories of Your Children
Fathers, Tell Your Stories
Top 10 Common Sense Rules for Fathers

Attachment Parenting Articles

Create a Peaceful Home Sanctuary
Long Term Attachment Parenting

Can There Be Too Much? - Attachment Parenting
Parenting Style Differences

Caring vs. Caring Too Much
Learning All Day Long
Falling off the AP Wagon


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