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Medical experts have compiled a checklist of seven signs that mothers and healthcare workers can use to identify severe illnesses in newborn infants requiring urgent treatment in hospital.

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Pregnancy is the most crucial period in the life of a woman. Especially, the time she is pregnant for the first time, it gets too difficult for her to maintain her mental equilibrium and posture. She remains most tender; and unexplainable feelings of anxiety grip her.

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Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage — to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good.The birth of a child is eagerly looked forward but the discomfort that the mother to be faces is not really anticipated.

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No matter how you feel about epidurals, you still need to have some information about them. I’ve seen lots of women decide before labor that epidurals were exactly what they wanted only to find out they couldn’t have one. Don’t get left in that rough spot.

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Choose a supportive practitioner. No matter wherther you use a doctor or midwife, be sure that your practitioner has lots of experience in caring for women who want to have an unmedicated birth.

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Pregnant women who drink a certain quantity of milk every day could have a healthy baby, says a study. Milk is an important source of vitamin D, calcium, riboflavin, protein and energy during pregnancy, but some women are advised to cut down their consumption for various reasons including the prevention of allergies in their children.

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It’s not just postpartum depression women need to worry about — they should also watch for depression before and during pregnancy. A new Kaiser Permanente study reveals more than one-in-seven women are depressed at some time during the nine months before they become pregnant, during pregnancy, or during the nine months after they give birth.

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The unofficial new-mommy archives are overflowing with tales of pregnancy symptoms no one ever expected: * The pregnant obstetrician who threw up while examining a patient.

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Enough about the bright side. We do moms a disservice if we only gush about the countless truly terrific aspects of raising a child and neglect to mention the, well, harsher realities.

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The moment your newborn is delivered, you’re bound to heave a heavy sigh of relief. But if you’re like most first-time parents, that relief doesn’t last long. Unexpected birthmarks, a pulsating soft spot, jaundice, skin rashes, eyes that cross, head lumps and bumps: It can all be downright scary and can easily send new parents into panic mode.

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