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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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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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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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DOES YOUR PRENATAL VITAMIN HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
5 Tips on Reading a Prenatal Vitamin Label

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Pregnancy often is a strong incentive to take better care of yourself. After all, you want to make sure that your body is up to the task of supporting the healthy growth and development of your baby. Establishing a regular exercise routine and a nutritious diet already may be on your list of pregnancy to-dos. Your doctor may add another beneficial item – prenatal vitamins.

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NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT!
A Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Allergy Season

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Allergens, including pollen, pets, and dust, can prompt allergic reactions. Those reactions – watery eyes, a runny nose, and a stuffy head – can make you downright miserable. But when you’re pregnant, allergies are nothing to sneeze at.

Allergies and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body undergoes many physical, hormonal, and chemical changes. Shifts in hormone levels can change how your body reacts to allergens, and even can stimulate new sensitivities.

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MANAGING MORNING SICKNESS
Understanding the causes and finding relief!

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Your emotions during pregnancy can certainly run the gamut. But those butterflies in your stomach may be more than just excitement or nervousness. They may be one of the most common side-effects of pregnancy: morning sickness. 

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BUMP UP YOUR HEART HEALTH!
Heart Healthy Tips for Pregnancy

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Did you know that your heart beats 100,000 times each day and pumps 1.5 gallons of blood throughout your body to your vital organs every minute of each day – and that a woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost eight beats a minute?1  When you stop to think about it – that’s pretty amazing! That said, you need to show your heart a little extra love while you are pregnant, since your heart is now beating for two!

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