Breastfeeding and your available resources

Should I breastfeed my baby? This is the question many mothers-to-be ask themselves as they prepare for their new baby to enter the world. Some mothers know they will breastfeed from the moment they find out they are pregnant, while others may want more information on the benefits of breastfeeding. Here's what you should know about breastfeeding and the resources that are available to you.

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Things no one tells you about giving birth

One of the most common pieces of advice new mothers are given is, "Don't compare your journey to anyone else's journey." And while that is true -- that no pregnancy and birth experience are the same -- there are things that women commonly experience that you were never told. Put your mind at ease and know that yes, others have experienced this and no, no one warned you.

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Surprising signs you’re pregnant

This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy.

Whether you’ve been trying to conceive or you’re just starting to think about making a baby, the chances are good that you’re already on the lookout for any early signs of pregnancy.

Many couples trying to have a baby know to keep watch for common, early pregnancy symptoms like missed periods and bouts of morning sickness.

But, because every woman’s body is different, no single symptom is an absolute guaranteed indication of pregnancy. For example, sometimes, a woman might miss her period because of stress or changes in diet and exercise.

Keep reading to learn some of the surprising signs you’re pregnant.

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What is considered healthy weight gain during pregnancy?

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Many moms-to-be ask our OB/GYN doctors lots of questions about pregnancy, and one of the most popular requests is for more information about the healthy amount of weight to gain during their pregnancy.

For that question, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It can be hard to know how much is too little weight gain during pregnancy—and, how much is too much.

Like many other things, every woman’s pregnancy is different. That’s why, your weight gain may be more or less than a friend’s, but that doesn’t mean that it is wrong. The best thing you can do is have a continuous conversation with your provider to make sure you are on a healthy track for pregnancy weight gain.

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