Dads & Partners

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What is Really Going on Here?: “Dear Mr. Dad: Please settle an argument. My wife—who’s five months pregnant—says that our baby’s senses are developing throughout the pregnancy. I think she’s crazy. How can an unborn baby develop a sense of touch or taste or anything else?”

When to Call Your Baby’s Doctor: “One of the toughest and most nerve-racking things for new parent is figuring out when to call the doctor. As a general rule of thumb, trust your instincts.”

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Remembering Scarlet: “Somewhere between the dozens of recipes I’ve printed out but never tried and the numerous To Do lists, I came across something I didn’t even remember having. It was dated January 22, 2008 and it was the first and only sonogram picture from when I was 6 weeks pregnant with my little bean – one of the two that didn’t make it.”

Perineal Massage: Make Room for Baby: “Not the kind of massage you’ll find in your average spa, perineal massage is reputed to help to stretch the vaginal tissues the same way that your baby’s head will during birth, only in a gentler and more controlled way.”

Preterm Labor: What Dad Can Do: “Preterm labor is labor that occurs before the 37th completed week of pregnancy. (Most pregnancies last 38-42 weeks; your partner’s due date is 40 weeks after the first day of her last menstrual period.)”

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It’s a Revelation-Get Behind the Mask: “Everybody talks about the glow of pregnancy, and I’m sure some women do feel radiant.”

Are YOU Prepared?: “Most women spend far more time in childbirth classes than feeding, diapering, soothing, getting your baby to sleep and dealing with fatigue classes. Yet, labor and delivery usually last 1 to 3 days; intense hands-on baby care goes on for months. ”

Dealing With Your Partners Morning Sickness: “About half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. Despite the name, the nausea, heartburn, and vomiting can strike at any hour of the day.”

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Sunscreens: Safest and Most Effective: “How do we know which sunscreens work the best and are the safest? Whose guidance should we abide by? Doctors, dermatologists, cosmetologists, sunscreen companies, consumer watch dog groups?”

The freak-factor of secondary infertility: “you aren’t going to be one of those people who only has one child are you because only children are always such freaks… Fast forward, three plus years and numerous amounts of time and money spent on infertility treatments. I’m finally reaching the “acceptance” phase of grief. I’m accepting the fact that my daughter quite possibly might be an only child.”

Who Carried You, Anyway?: “Remember that time we hung out in the same body for nine months, and I quit drinking and cut my caffeine supply by two thirds? And hey, there was that time we were in the hospital and I, like, gave birth to you? Yeah, good times. Good times. And the response? Oh yeah, baby. A big fat “DADADADAAAAAA.”

What to Ask Before Booking Your Prenatal Spa Appointment: “As prenatal pampering grows in popularity, many spas are now offering maternity services. However, there are great differences between many spas, and their experience level with pregnant women.”

Co-Parenting Primer: “Co-parenting” is a big buzz word when it comes to divorce. You’ve probably heard about the importance of co-parenting, but understanding what co-parenting really is and how to make it work requires delving beneath the hot word of the day.”

Check out what our members and partners have been writing about this week:

The Ideal Green Mom on a Budget: “With the economy as depressed as it is, cutting back expenses is what many families must do these days.”

When Dads are Excluded From the OB: “The fact that the dad-to-be might have some specific and important needs, concerns, questions, worries, or anything of his own else rarely seems to occur to anyone.”

Soul Support: “I want toensure that you have created a full soul support team not only for the birth (or arrival if you are adopting), but for before and after your baby arrives.”

To Buy or Not to Buy Before Baby: Baby showers and gifts for an unborn child are taboo.”

Budgeting for Twins: What Parents Should Consider: “Finding out you are expecting twins is exciting but, it may also be a cause for panic!”

There’s a Baby in Your Spa-Why the Pampering Doesn’t have to End: “Here endeth the lecture. Now go forth and enjoy your baby. Enjoy your new role as a mom.”

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Why Does Childbirth Hurt?: “What if pain in childbirth is an unnecessary remnant from human evolution?”

Foods for Fertility: “I didn’t need another Ah Ha moment to recognize that my very unbalanced diet had possibly endangered my daughter and could also be ruining my chances at a second child.”

Pregnancy Workouts-Daddy Style: “Exercising during pregnancy may also help your partner keep her weight gain steady and reasonable, help her sleep better, improve her self-esteem, reduce some of the normal pregnancy-related discomforts.”

1st Trimester Checklist: “If you have not been taking vitamins, you’ll want to start on a prenatal vitamin now.”

Adoption Costs and Fees: “Up-front fees and expenses range from zero to $2,500, including travel and attorney’s fees.” 

Looking Good for the First Photos (Even Though you were in Labor for 36 Hours): “No woman could possibly look more tired, more haggard, and more annoyed to be viewed through a lens.”

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Defying Infertility the Alternative Way: “Sometime during my first few days of newlywed bliss, I conceived. We weren’t trying to get pregnant, but we weren’t trying to avoid it either.”

The Legal Process of Adoption: “Adoption is a legal process that creates a new, permanent parent-child relationship where one didn’t exist before.” 

Interval Training for Postnatal Moms: “What I love about interval training is that you can burn more calories in less the amount of time as a steady state.”

Stop the Diaper Changing Battle: “A simple issue can turn into a major tug-of-war between parent and baby.”

New Dads and Husband-coached Childbirth: “But then, she pushes, I mean pushes like you have never personally pushed in your life, with a MIGHT that seems powered by a nuclear core.”

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