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Pregnancy

Fertility diet: What to eat when you’re trying to conceive

If you’re trying to conceive or planning on growing your family in the near future, you may have fertility on your mind—especially if you’ve had friends or family members who’ve struggled to get pregnant. Perhaps you’re even in the midst of an infertility journey yourself. If so, please know you’re not alone. Fertility has been …

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4 ways to help prevent gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a form of high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy and can have serious consequences for both mother and baby. It’s important for expectant mothers to be aware of the risk factors and take steps to prevent the condition. Let’s go over some of the key ways to prevent gestational diabetes and …

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5 exercises for new moms to strengthen and tone postpartum

Pregnancy may seem like a great time to put your feet up and relax, but regular exercise before, during and after pregnancy has great benefits for you and your baby. And the benefits of exercise don’t stop after delivery—women who exercise while pregnant are more successful in reaching their pre-pregnancy weight after giving birth. Is …

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The “Dad Bag” essentials: 12 things expectant fathers need at the hospital

Your baby’s due date is near. Mom is packed and ready to leave. But what about Dad? He’s gone to birthing classes and planned the best route to the hospital, but is he packed? Many fathers don’t realize they’ll need their own bag for the big event. After all, they may be gone for a …

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C-section recovery: What to expect and how to help yourself heal

Around 1,000 babies a day are born here in Texas, and about a third of them come into the world via a Cesarean section, or C-section—a type of surgery in which a healthy baby is delivered through an incision in the pregnant person’s abdomen and uterus. Recovering from a C-section takes longer than recuperating from …

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What it’s like to have a baby in the NICU

It’s every parent’s nightmare—the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). While it’s comforting to know that that level of expert care is there, you hope and pray you’ll never need it. When we welcomed our third child, Waylon, three weeks early, we knew he might need extra care due to a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. …

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The fourth trimester: 7 tips for adjusting to life with a newborn

First, let me just say this: It is normal, expected and totally okay to feel overwhelmed after having a baby. This is true whether you’re first-time parents or you have several kids at home already. Regardless of the circumstances—and how prepared you might have felt before delivery—adjusting to life with a newborn can have some …

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What to expect when your baby is in the NICU

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is one of those places parents hope they never need but are ever so grateful it’s available if they do. Nothing can ever fully prepare you if your child needs the specialized technology and advanced medical care the NICU provides, but knowing what to expect can help ease some …

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What to expect if you’re expecting… more than one baby

The moment you find out you’re having a baby is life-changing and maybe a little scary—even more so if you find out you’re having twins, triplets or more. First, take a deep breath and focus on your joy and excitement. After all, your family is growing! That’s something to celebrate. If you’re feeling nervous, don’t …

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High-risk pregnancy? 5 questions to ask your OB-GYN

There are lots of reasons that any given pregnancy may be considered “high risk.” It might be a medical condition affecting the mom or a fetus with a heart defect or other structural problem. Or maybe you’re having twins or triplets (the more the merrier!). But don’t let the term “high-risk” scare you.  While we …

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