Ditch the Heels … and More Friendly Advice for Pregnant Feet

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When you're pregnant, you grow accustomed to the aches and pains that come along with a belly that throws off your center of gravity and extra weight that strains your entire body. But pregnancy affects your entire body, from the hair on your head --- that falls out in fistfuls postpartum --- to the …
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‘Frost Them Like Cupcakes’ and Tricks for Getting Sunscreen on Kids

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The first thing I do when I head to the beach or pool is to find a shady spot. That's because I've already applied the sunscreen at home and scoping out shade is the next step in protecting myself from the sun's "devil rays." I wasn't always a sun-phobe. I became sun-phobic once I got smart and …
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Freezer Meals, Slow Cooker Meals and Easy Recipes That Saved My Life As a New Parent

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If we could add another one to this hilariously true list, it'd be "every time you sit down to eat a meal together, you feel like you deserve a freakin' medal." Because finding the time to eat --- let alone cook --- is a monumental feat when you've got a newborn at home (especially your first …
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Can You Regain Your Pelvic Floor Strength?

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When my first baby was born, I remember the maternity nurses telling me to empty my bladder often. They really emphasized it, and I wasn't sure why until I was waddling from my hospital bed to the bathroom and all of a sudden felt like I was peeing my pants. Turns out that a baby flying through your …
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Introducing Baby to Dog … How It Went (and Still Goes!)

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Before I had my daughter, we spent a decent amount of time trying to prepare our dog Siena for her arrival. Siena is one heck of a pet, but, like any dog or person, she has her idiosyncrasies. For Siena, that includes being a bit skittish and afraid of new things. In the past, she hasn't been a …
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Kids Don’t Come With Manuals, But There’s a Lot to Learn

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They always say that kids don't come with manuals. This is true. When I left the hospital, the nurses handed me a single sheet with instructions on both sides telling me how to care for my baby. These instructions included lay her on her back to sleep. See a doctor within a few days. Count poops and …
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Every Workout Counts

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Getting back in shape after a baby can be a daunting prospect. You've got some pounds to lose, and a level of fitness to regain after what we hope was a 6-week break to recover. Then you've got the demands of the kids, and it can be hard to make fitness a priority. I know for me, it took a good six …
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