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YEAR ONE MILESTONES: DON’T MISS A MINUTE

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Now that you’ve welcomed your baby into the world, an exciting new chapter begins. Amidst the new routines and round-the-clock duties are the rewards of being new parents, including endless cuteness and the thrilling firsts of your baby’s remarkable development. 

So when should you expect that first smile? That first word? That first step? 

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MUST-HAVE BABY ITEMS: WHAT BABY NEEDS THE FIRST YEAR

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Even though babies come into this world without any possessions, their almost immediate list of “must-haves” can be overwhelming, particularly for first-time parents.

To help you cut that list down to a more manageable, simplified handful, here are some necessities that can make life easier for both of you during baby’s first exciting year.

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AN OB/GYN FATHER’S PERSPECTIVE ON BABY’S FIRST YEAR

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Unlike a new appliance or car, babies aren’t born with a user’s manual. From conception, the unique combination of each individual’s DNA affects every body system. Even experienced parents will have to take a great deal of time learning things like interpreting their baby’s cries, how the baby prefers to be positioned, figuring out the baby’s sleep schedule, and even how much and which type of food the baby prefers.

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IS SUNSCREEN SAFE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY?

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer rates are still on the rise for both men and women in the United States.1 An estimated 74,000 new cases of melanoma were anticipated by the American Cancer Society last year.2  Each year, new cases ofnon-melanoma skin cancer affect roughly 3.5 million Americans.3  Aside from one having perfect genetics and total avoidance of any ultraviolet light sources, the development of effective topical sunscreens has been shown to significantly reduce one’s risk of invasive melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. 4,5

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DARE TO BARE SOME SKIN DURING PREGNANCY? THE CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

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The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us. As the welcome warm breezes encourage you to peel off those extra layers of clothing, remember that during pregnancy, protecting yourself from the sun is not only more important – it also can be more difficult.

Here are some of the challenges, along with some easy solutions, that will allow you to enjoy the summer weather – and sun – without worry.

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SUMMER PREGNANCY TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR COOL

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If you’re pregnant, that brilliant flickering star in the sky on a hot summer day is a good reminder to keep your cool. Here are some reasons why – along with a few easy tips to help you manage the summer heat:

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THE FIRST TRIMESTER ULTRASOUND

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Prenatal care is vital to the health and wellbeing of you and your unborn baby, and often an important part of prenatal care may include an evaluation with ultrasound. Many expectant parents are delighted for the opportunity to see their growing baby, yet the experience can be accompanied by a variety of emotions and questions.

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THREE COMMON QUESTIONS DURING PREGNANCY

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

During the course of my practice, I’ve had the pleasure of answering a variety of questions from many mommies-to-be. Following are my top three!

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INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER’S DAY QUOTES

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Most mothers will agree that “a baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankrolls smaller, homes happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth loving for”.1 While often times, your hair may be more gray, your face shows more lines and your bank account goes through a dry spell, being a mother is something to be celebrated and embraced.

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FOODS TO ENJOY AND FOODS TO AVOID WHILE PREGNANT

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Food is a part of life. During pregnancy, though, eating a healthy, balanced diet is more important than ever to support the proper development of your baby.

The natural hormone surges, weight gain, and side effects associated with pregnancy can make it challenging to eat smart. Morning sickness can curb your desire to eat. Cravings can fill you with empty calories and sugar. Sensitivity to smells can make your favorite foods downright nauseating. Of course, there are also foods, and beverages, that you simply need to avoid.

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