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Preparing Your Pet For Your New Baby
by Vicki Lansky

If you’re expecting a baby, you might think you’ve prepared your family adequately for the big event, but wait – have you prepared your pet? Don’t laugh; it’s important if you want your dog or cat and the baby to […]


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Moms and Sports
by Evelyn Petersen

A mother in the northeast wrote to me recently lamenting the fact that she and her son were growing apart due to his involvement in football and her genuine lack of knowledge about the sport. She was seeking advice on […]


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Fetal Movement
by Peter Weiss, M.D.

Why is it so important that your unborn baby be active? You should begin to feel some fetal movement as early as 16 weeks pregnant. The exact timing will vary depending on the individual. When the baby becomes viable then […]


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Target Heart Rate During Pregnancy
by Peter Weiss, M.D.

Depending on who you speak with, some people would say it should not reach greater than 120, while others will say not greater than 140 beats per minute. I tend to take the middle road and say about 130 beats […]


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Interviewing a Care Giver
by Vicki Lansky

This may be the first time you’re hiring someone, unless you’ve had personnel experience at work. It’s natural to be a little ill at ease at first, but keep in mind that the person being interviewed is nervous too. • […]


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Breast or Bottle Feeding
by Vicki Lansky

How to feed a newborn is something every new mother must think about. There are some definite advantages to breast feeding that you might want to consider if you’re trying to decide. • It’s the perfect food for your baby. […]


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Naming Your Baby
by Vicki Lansky

The choice of a name is the first significant decision we make for our child. There are several considerations and many baby name books that can help with the process of elimination or selection. 1. Nicknames – choose a name […]


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Sex During Pregnancy
by Peter Weiss, M.D.

You may find this hard to believe, but sex is safe during pregnancy. Even in your ninth month! You and your partner may have to improvise positions – and remember to be gentle. Also, your baby is oblivious to your […]


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Bottle Feeding
by Peter Weiss, M.D.

If you have decided against breast feeding, don’t worry. Don’t feel guilty. As long as you have discussed bottle feeding with your pediatrician and follow his/her instructions, your baby should do well. There are some advantages to formula feeding: • […]


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Fetal Monitoring and Labor
by Peter Weiss, M.D.

Labor is an exciting, rewarding experience for both the mother and father. There is, without doubt, pain and stress on the mom. The fetus, in most instances, will tolerate labor well. However, there is an element of risk that cannot […]


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