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How to Avoid Anemia During Pregnancy

AnemiaYou don’t have to be told that when you’re pregnant your body goes through many changes. That’s pretty obvious, right? What you may not realize is that your body is also busy making more blood—about 50% more blood, in fact. And this increase in blood volume means the need for more iron. Iron is necessary for making hemoglobin, the part of your blood that transports oxygen from your lungs to your body’s tissues.

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Do You Know What Your Birthing Options Are?

Birth OptionsCongratulations on your pregnancy! This is a wonderful time of change; it is also a time to start making some big decisions, such as where to have your baby. Although many women give birth in hospitals, an increasing number of women are choosing an alternative birthing experience, and elect to give birth at a birthing center or in their own home. The services of midwives and doulas are experiencing increasing popularity over the services of an OB in creating a memorable, empowering, and personalized birth experience. Pros and cons exist for each choice, and should be considered in accordance to the type of birth and postpartum experience you desire for yourself and your baby.

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6 Toy Lines that Every Mama Should Know About

6 Great Toy LinesPurchasing organic toys is just as important as eating organic foods. Babies (and even some toddlers) put toys in their mouth to explore different textures, to sooth sore gums, or to simply make you run across the room to remove something that shouldn’t be in their mouths. Here are the top six organic toy lines that every health-conscious parent should know about.

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6 Great First Foods for Baby

6 Great First Foods For BabyCongratulations Mama! You’ve made it to an exciting milestone. Whenever you decide to introduce foods to your little one will be a thrilling experience for your baby. A brand new world of tastes and textures is sure to make meals a time of sensory learning and enjoyment. If you’re ready to begin introducing foods beyond breast milk, then consider trying one (or more) of these six great first foods for babies.

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How to Pump at Work in 15 minutes or Less

Medela PumpWe all know pumping is something we have to do if we working (and nursing) mothers; it’s like going to the bathroom—NOT negotiable. But pumping three times per day can really add up! How can a nursing mom minimize her time away from her desk but still pump enough milk for her baby?

Below, we show you how to use breast milk’s long shelf life to streamline your pumping protocol and get your pumping done in 15 minutes or less. This means getting pumping and getting back to work in the time it takes someone else to have a smoke break.

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