Expecting? We’ve got some great advice to prepare you for your pregnancy and the birth of your child.

First-Time Moms’ Maternity Checklist

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Congrats, you’re pregnant! Get ready—during these next nine months, you’re going to go through a lot of changes: physical, emotional, and yes, financial.  But before you start shopping for cribs and strollers, you’ll need to take care of your own maternity needs.

Whether you plan on buying a whole new maternity wardrobe or just borrowing from friends and family, here’s the rundown on some things to keep in mind — from the must-haves, to some nice-to-haves.

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Baby’s First Tests and Procedures

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Your newborn is just a few minutes old, yet he’s already taking his first tests. But don’t let performance anxiety get to you. In-hospital tests are there to help doctors assess your baby’s health and to give them an earlier opportunity to discover potential (sometimes life-threatening) disorders before they adversely affect your baby’s health.

Tests vary from state to state; some are required, some are offered, but all are there to help assess the well-being of your newborn and to make sure your baby is on the right track to a healthy, happy life.

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Prenatal Classes: Preparing for Birth and Beyond

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You might have heard that old adage: “Luck comes when preparation meets opportunity.”

Well, you’re in for some luck. Here’s your opportunity to learn how to be prepared for your birthing experience. Of course, as we’ve said before, labor is unpredictable. So while arming yourself with information and techniques can be helpful, it’s a good idea to be open to all the twists and turns that may arise during birth.

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Planning Ahead: Choosing Your Birthing Team

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You’re ready to expand your family. You’ve figured out the what. We’re going to assume that you’re familiar with the how. What you need to do now is decide on who will help bring your bundle of joy into the world.
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Pregnant with Multiples? What Your Body Can Expect with Twins, Triplets, or More…

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So you’ve been reading all about what to expect during pregnancy, but now you’ve just heard some news that changes everything - you’re carrying double, triple, or more! Whether you’re overjoyed, overwhelmed, or both, before you can push around the double stroller or dress your little duo in matching rompers, you’ve got to get through your pregnancy. Here’s a rundown of what you should expect now that you’re having multiples.
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What is a Kick Count and Why Is It Important?

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Kick counting is a great way for you and your partner to bond with your baby. By performing a kick count at the same time every day during your last trimester, you can also help your doctor monitor your baby’s health.

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Should We Bank Our Baby’s Cord Blood?

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With a new baby on the way, many expectant parents spend hours planning for their child’s future – from choosing an infant car seat to starting a 529 plan. It’s natural to focus on security and investments for the years to come.

Something else to consider during these nine months is whether or not you want to bank your baby’s cord blood.
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Caring for a Preemie

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According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 12 percent of babies are born premature. If you’re a new parent to a preemie, take heart. There are a few tips to smooth the process of doing what every mom looks forward to – bringing your baby home from the hospital.

Below are six preemie-specific tips for caring for your little one once you’ve left the confines of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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“If I Knew Then…” – New Motherhood Tips Straight from the Mouths of New Moms

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Want the real know-how? Check out these quick quotes from gals who have been down the road of pregnancy and new motherhood. Some more than once… or twice…

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“If I Knew Then…” – Pregnancy Tips Straight from the Mouths of New Moms

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Want the real know-how? Check out these quick quotes from gals who have been down the road of pregnancy and new motherhood. Some more than once… or twice…

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