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Fishy Business – Safe and Unsafe Fish to Consume While Pregnant or Breastfeeding

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Fish has a lot of nutrients that are very beneficial for you and your baby. Fish is a great source of protein, healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids all of which have innumerable health benefits. You should definitely plan to regularly include fish in your pregnancy diet, as the benefits …

Breastfeeding in Public

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Breastfeeding in Public

“I’m new to the UAE, and expecting a baby.  I was wondering what the rules are about breastfeeding in public.  Is it allowed?”
As a member of an online breastfeeding support group, I often see messages like the one above. The great news is that both Islam and UAE society …

Step Up: The Daddy Revolution

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Step Up: The Daddy Revolution

Historically the work-life juggling act has focused on women and mothers; articles abound that focus on whether women can make a successful career while still being able to bake cookies with the kids. Another flavor of this is the recent focus on whether extended maternity leave impacts a woman’s progress …

Bringing Birth Choices to the GCC: An Arab Midwife’s Perspective

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Pregnancy and birth are two of the most life changing experiences in a woman’s life.
Being trained as an Arab nurse midwife in the United States, and coming to practice in the Arab Gulf States, has given me the rare opportunity to experience both the traditional Eastern and modern Western perspectives. …

Common Questions About Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding.  We’ve been doing it for thousands of years, if not more. We have a strong biological instinct to nourish and nurture our babies this way. But as we look ahead to the birth of our first baby, we may have questions; we’ve never done this before, and neither has …

Health Account: Nutrition Guidelines While Pregnant and Breastfeeding

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The importance of good nutrition is, perhaps, most crucial during pregnancy and after birth, to help sustain your energy and keep you and your baby healthy.
While you are pregnant, your baby requires many nutrients that he/she will receive from your placenta. Most of these nutrients are taken from the mother’s …

Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

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Don’t Panic, It’s Normal: 5 Common Breastfeeding Surprises

Every mother and baby has a unique breastfeeding relationship. Babies and mothers have their own preferred positions, places, and habits while breastfeeding, and after the crazy first few weeks they find their groove and settle into a rhythm.
Occasionally, something may happen which seems to upset this rhythm. Often these “blips” …

10 Things You Won’t Hear About Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is meant to be a joyous and magical time. It is time when every woman is meant to feel elated, blissful and beautiful. But let’s get real – between the bouts of morning sickness, ankles swelling, weight gain, and mood swings, pregnancy is not all that it is advertised …

Breastfeeding Myth Busters

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Expecting a baby?Congratulations!Planning to breastfeed? 
I am are sure you’ve heard a lot about breastfeeding – what a breeze it is, how difficult it is, how to time feeds, how not to time feeds, how painful it is, how downright good it feels, how convenient it is, how time-consuming it …

Breaking News – When Should I Tell People I Am Pregnant?

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Breaking News – When Should I Tell People I Am Pregnant?

The pregnancy test comes out positive- wow! I am going to be a parent. Now what? How am I going to get through this? Who should I tell and when?
Your significant other is probably hovering around, waiting  for the result of the pregnancy test. If not, he should probably be the …

What to Expect When She is Expecting

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What to Expect When She is Expecting

When your wife or girlfriend tells you that she is pregnant, avoid dumbfound silence to “umm, tequila shot?” and in between as potential responses. Needless to say, those are all incorrect responses. 

The correct response can be brief (‘wow!’) or poetic and effusive (e.g., “how do I love thee? Let me …

The P-Test: Pregnancy Probability

The P-Test: Pregnancy Probability

Something is amiss – could I be pregnant?
Some women have a sixth sense about these things. Most of us mere mortals, however, need to rely on Google or Wikipedia to inform us about those prime biological tells: a missed period; retching at the smell of our favorite foods; feeling like …

Adventures in Breastfeeding

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Adventures in Breastfeeding

 
Before my son was born, breastfeeding always seemed like an alien activity that would come naturally to me. I realize the paradox now.
I always felt that, in essence, breastfeeding was the ejection of a bodily fluid. So how hard could it really be? Plus it was all part of nature’s health care plan …

Rockabye Mommy

Rockabye Mommy

We have all heard of sleepless nights once the baby is born, but what no one tells expectant mothers is that the sleepless nights begin well before the baby arrives. All “third-trimester ladies” can safely attest to the fact that sleep tends to become a very rare commodity in the …

Day Of Treats For Mom: Mother’s Day in the UAE 2013

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Day Of Treats For Mom: Mother’s Day in the UAE 2013

With Mother’s Day around the corner (March 21st, 2013), some of you are probably scrambling to figure out how to make the day special for your own mother, your baby mama or some other special mother in your life. 
Here is a round up of special promotions in the UAE that …

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