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The crazy dreams of pregnancy

The crazy dreams of pregnancy

Pregnant women report that they have some of the most amazing, crazy and disturbing dreams of their lives. We talk with moms to find out what their strangest pregnancy dreams were.

BIRTHING KITTENS,
LOSING BABY

Nursing a ferret? Kittens in your belly? Lost baby? If you’re pregnant, chances are your dreams are vivid, wacky and sometimes upsetting or scary.

Birthing animals

One common theme pregnant women experience is giving birth to and breastfeeding animals...

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Are you pregnant, or is it PMS?

Are you pregnant, or is it PMS?

REAL MOMS DISH

Early pregnancy symptoms can mimic premenstrual symptoms to the point of annoyance — are your breasts tender, or are they really, really tender? We asked real moms how their early pregnancy symptoms manifested and whether it was different than the usual monthly routine.

Ah, early pregnancy. A time of questions — are you pregnant, or is this just some PMS fun? Is there really a difference? We spoke with real moms to find out what their first clues were that told them that a little one was on the way.

Sensitive, painful boobs

It’s not just a myth...

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Is it OK to fast while pregnant?

Is it OK to fast while pregnant?

HOLIDAY FAST WITH BABY ON BOARD

Holiday fasts are a common religious custom, but when you’ve got a baby on board, is it OK to fast while pregnant or is it a pregnancy danger you should avoid?

Before you deprive yourself and your baby-to-be, check out these tips for practicing your faith without risking your pregnancy.

Consider your health

Fasting for pregnancy glucose tests is common, but when it comes to fasting while pregnant or nursing, research is still unclear as to whether or not it is a danger to your baby-to-be or nursing child...

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5 parenting tips

5 parenting tips

Raising children can be quite a handful, especially when they get out of hand. Here you can find useful tips, which could help you keep your children in order, both physically and behaviourally.

Bed-wetting blues
Your child is wetting his bed and you don’t know what to do. Know that medical treatment is not the only strategy that helps – motivational counselling can make a big difference too.

Take action:
Counselling includes the following: the child assumes an active role by keeping track of wet and dry nights on a calendar; fluids are not consumed 2-3 hours before going to bed; the child h...

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Can I make love while I am pregnant?

Can I make love while I am pregnant?

With the holiday of love quickly approaching, you might be wondering how you and your partner can have a romantic physical celebration — or if it is even safe to do so? Find out the real facts and some tips that might help to make it special and comfortable.

SAFE AND COMFORTABLE SEX DURING PREGNANCY

Many pregnant women find themselves with an increased sexual drive and strong desire for physical intimacy with their partners especially as their pregnancy advances...

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Is one of the most common drugs prescribed during pregnancy safe for your baby?

Is one of the most common drugs prescribed during pregnancy safe for your baby?

Many expectant mothers are wary of taking drugs during the early weeks of pregnancy, as this time period can be crucial for the development of their baby.  However, sometimes it’s hard to know for sure just what kind of effects medications can have on an unborn child.

Fortunately, many mothers can now rest easy when it comes to one very common medication. A recent study from researchers at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen found that the drug Zofran, which is used to treat nausea and vomiting, is safe to use during early pregnancy and poses no increased risk to the developing fetus.

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Don’t let kids out your of sight

Don’t let kids out your of sight

For children the summer holidays should be a happy time of lazy days and swimming. For some children and their parents, however, they are a time of hardship and even tragedy.

he summer holidays are all about winding down from a tough year and fun in the sun.  But accidents involving children can happen in a moment, and sometimes end in tragedy.

Not just drowning

According to Peter Feurstein, Operations Director, Netcare 911, the medical emergency service handles a range of different child related emergencies over the school holidays...

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Mom’s drinking tied to infant deaths, study finds

Mom’s drinking tied to infant deaths, study finds

About one in six sudden infant deaths may be linked to their mothers’ heavy alcohol use during or soon after pregnancy, according to a new study from Australia.

Researchers found those deaths may result from babies being exposed to alcohol in the womb and from alcohol-using mothers creating hazardous environments for the babies after birth.

«One of the morals of the story is that parents should be very careful about drinking alcohol, especially if you’re a single parent because there is no other parent to back you up,» said David Phillips, a professor at the University of California, San Diego...

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Old wives’ tales about pregnancy and babies: Believable or silly?

Old wives’ tales about pregnancy and babies:  Believable or silly?

You might have heard some old wives’ tales when you were pregnant, and they don’t stop even when your baby is here. What old wives’ tales have been simply silly, and which ones seem to have a grain of truth to them?

WHICH TALES ARE TRUE?

So, a needle or ring can predict the sex of your baby, huh? This is just one example of oodles of old wives’ tales that surround fertility, conception, pregnancy and childbirth — many of which are handed down from mother to daughter through a long-held oral tradition. Some are just plain silly  but moms swear by others that ring true for t...

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Scaring the kids

Scaring the kids

A terrified and weeping child woken by nightmares. It’s the stock late-night wake-up call for parents.

Can you hear that familiar beat of little feet thumping up the long dark hall to the master bedroom? It always comes in the deadest heart of night. When the wind is picking up leaves and blowing them down the sideway and past the window, the urgent rustling sounding like a lost ghoul searching for souls to snatch, for brains to eat.

Can you hear that familiar beat of little feet thumping up the long dark hall to the master bedroom?

What parent doesn’t know the eerie feeling of waking to a s...

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