What are the Most Important Nutrients Needed during Pregnancy?

A pregnant woman searches the internet on her computer looking for the most important nutrients needed during pregnancy.

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Grocery shopping can take on a whole new layer of complexity during pregnancy; what was once a simple task suddenly raises an important question: “what are the nutrients needed during pregnancy?”

All of a sudden you’re over thinking everything, checking labels and holding up the grocery line with confusion and indecision.  If you gain a better understanding of the nutrients your body needs during pregnancy, you can become  a smarter shopper prepared  to make healthier choices.

So what are the most important nutrients needed during pregnancy?  We’ve gone through and highlighted a few of the most important nutrients, as well as the foods that contain them.
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Alone and Pregnant: How to Stay Resilient

A pregnant woman resting on her bed contemplating what it's like being alone and pregnant.

When my first husband died in 2011, I was 5 months pregnant with our third child. The thought of facing pregnancy alone was completely overwhelming and I had no idea where to start. The questions just wouldn’t stop coming.

What if I go into labor early? Who will drive me to the hospital?

Who will be with me when my daughter is born?

What if something else bad happens? How will I be able to handle it?

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How To Prepare To Be a First Time Mom

How to prepare to be a first time mom before looking into your baby's eyes.

In the months before becoming a first time mom, you’ll hear dozens of opinions on what you need to buy and what you can do without. Most often, the advice will be conflicting and for good reason. No two babies are the same, nor are the needs of the parents. In my experience, you don’t need to spend a ton on your first child, but there are a few staples you’ll want to splurge on. Continue reading

All About the Newborn First Month

A mother staring at her baby thinking about the newborn first month.

You’ve waited a long time for your baby’s arrival. Before birth, your baby was comforted 24/7. He was curled up in darkness and warmth, received nutrients automatically, and was lulled by the constant sound of your heartbeat, your voice and your movements. Now that he’s on the outside, he must learn how to cope in a brightly lit world, quell his hunger, and get his needs met by you. It is a joyous time, but you are likely affected by exhaustion and the learning curve of figuring out how to meet your baby’s needs. Here are some changes you can expect to see in the newborn first month.

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What You Can Learn From Your Nanny

As a nanny and child play together, we realize there is a lot you can learn from your nanny.

Nannies can be an incredible asset to any busy family and should be contributing to a happy, healthy environment for your children. Many parents who have hired nannies will tell you that it takes a bit of time and effort to teach them how you want things done with your children. But some parents forget that there is a lot that a nanny can teach them in return. There is much you can learn from your nanny if you just listen.

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What You Need to Know About Phantom Pregnancy Kicks

A woman carrying her toddler wondering why she is experiencing phantom pregnancy kicks.

If you’ve been stopped in your tracks by what feels like little fetal kicks or movements even though you are one hundred percent positive that you are not pregnant, you’re not alone! Breathe a sigh of relief that you aren’t crazy while we dig into what these phantom pregnancy kicks are and why they happen.

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7 Common Causes of Early Labor

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Soon after women find out they are pregnant, they begin to think about the birth of the little one growing inside of them. Pregnancy lasts about forty weeks, so a baby born before thirty-seven weeks is considered premature. There are many instances in which women go into labor early. In some cases, doctors can stop contractions and prevent an early birth. Other times, early labor can lead to a preterm birth, causing the baby to be born with health issues. They may have to stay in the NICU for some time so they can work through possible complications, such as underdeveloped lungs. Unfortunately, doctors don’t know why a woman goes into labor earlier than she should. However, research has shown that there are some specific instances that are common causes of early labor.

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Urinary Incontinence After Childbirth

A mother cradling her baby while battling the effects of urinary incontinence after childbirth.

Urinary incontinence is an involuntary loss of urine due to several factors including childbirth. It is a fairly common urinary system disorder in women whether having given birth once, multiple times, or not been pregnant at all. It is also known to occur not just after giving birth, but also during pregnancy and while delivering. More importantly, the rate of urinary incontinence significantly increases as a result of having a baby. Here are the facts of the urinary incontinence after childbirth so moms can remedy the effects of this disorder and ultimately regain control.

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Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

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Pregnancy seems to be the breeding ground for advice. Everyone is ready to tell you about their experiences and what to expect. This often fills new moms with a sense of confidence knowing the awesome and, well, not so awesome side effects that can occur during pregnancy. However, there seem to be a few things that people leave out. While many of the side effects of pregnancy are not enjoyable, you will feel better knowing that other moms have experienced them too. Here are a few things no one tells you about pregnancy:

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All The Signs You Are In Labor

Pregnant woman trying to recognize all the signs you are in labor.

Contrary to what most tv shows and movies would have you believe, the onset of labor is not typically marked by sudden, gripping and panicked contractions that require an immediate rush to the hospital. In fact, the portrayal of a typical woman’s uncomplicated labor and birth would not cause a network’s ratings to skyrocket. Labor is a process that is individual to each woman and is on her own timetable. While one of the most obvious signs you are in labor is the steady progression in length, intensity and frequency of contractions, there are a number of events that leads up to a baby’s birth day.

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