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You Have a Birth Plan, But Do You Have a Postpartum Plan?

It’s understandable that pregnant women focus their planning on the impending delivery: whether it’s going to be a C-section or vaginal birth, at home or in a hospital, smooth jazz or total screaming shitshow. You might even have made up a detailed “birth plan,” complete with instructions for pain meds, lighting…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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There Is Still No “Safe” Amount of Alcohol You Can Drink in Pregnancy

This week’s study on alcohol in pregnancy got spun both ways: light drinking is totally safe according to some some news stories, a definite no-no in others. Sorry, but this one’s a buzzkill. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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PSA: Parents, Bolt Your Dresser to a Wall 

Last week, I saw another furniture recall: Ameriwood Home recalled 1.6 million dressers after a four-year-old child was injured in an accident involving a tippy dresser. Last year, Ikea recalled 29 million dressers after at least six children were killed by dressers that fell over. If you own one of the Ameriwood…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Peanut Packets Possibly Prevent Peanut Allergies—As Does Peanut Butter, Probably

Feeding a baby small amounts of peanuts may reduce their chances of developing a peanut allergy. The FDA recently announced that peanut-containing foods can trumpet this claim on their labels, and you’ll see it soon on an odd product called Hello Peanut. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Perhaps You Need a Frozen Condom to Soothe Post-Delivery Vaginal Trauma

Childbirth injuries are no fun. For one, these are our tenderest bits we’re talking about here, places we generally want to be treated with kindness and respect. But what do hefty little babies know about kindness and respect? Not much. They’re coming out, by hook or by crook, and it can feel like they actually […]

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How to Get Just Enough Exercise to Help Stave off Postpartum Depression

If you’re pregnant or have a newborn, you’re probably getting lots of advice! What infant straightjacket is best for swaddling, what “drowsy but awake” looks like, why “sleep regression” might be a term invented just to mess with you. Here’s another piece of advice that may or may not make you feel better: Exercise…Read more… […]

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Stop Saying “Okay?” After Every Instruction You Give a Child

Have you ever eavesdropped on other parents on the playground? Don’t they sound, rather, er, wishy-washy sometimes? “Sophie, we don’t throw sand at our friends, okay?” Or, “Declan, it’s time to go now, okay?” Or, “Madge, leave that dog poop alone, okay? Poop is yucky, okay?”Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Moms Are Ordering Starbucks’ “Pink Drink” to Boost Their Breastmilk Supply—Does It Work? 

“So this happened and it NEVER happens,” Laura Galvin wrote in the Milky Mamas breastfeeding support group on Facebook. The mother of two in Lillington, North Carolina, posted a photo of the T-shirt she was wearing, which was soaked with breastmilk that had leaked through. She’s recently been pumping so much milk that…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Ethically Hire a Nanny

The maddening paradox of child care in this country is that day care and nannies are really expensive—costing at least more than in-state college tuition—and that child-care workers are generally poor. The domestic work industry is largely unregulated, and workers are vulnerable to exploitation, a direct consequence…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Save A Crap-Ton Of Money With These Prime-Day-Discounted Diapers

Diapers are those baby expensive you don’t think about when you have them for you kids, but stress about when you do need them. For Prime Day, Amazon is taking up to 60% off Babyganics and Seventh Generation diapers for newborns all the way up to a size 6. These diaper brands are made specifically […]

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What We Do and Don’t Know About the Safety of Marijuana in Pregnancy

Marijuana has a healthier image than many other drugs (or, depending on who you ask, alcohol), and it can ease symptoms like nausea that tend to crop up in pregnancy. But we are accumulating evidence that marijuana is probably not a great idea to use if you’re pregnant. In particular, the THC component can affect […]

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