Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy: Why Cats Don’t Deserve Such A Bad Rap

 

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If you cohabit with a feline companion and have ever been pregnant, chances are that you’ve received a myriad of unsolicited advice trying to instill in you the fear of contracting Toxoplasmosis. From the moment you found out you were expecting, you might have immediately handed over litter box duties to your partner – or even considered finding a new home for your beloved cat. There are a million things to worry about throughout your pregnancy. The stress of kicking your kitty to the curb should not be one of them. The truth is, contracting Toxoplasmosis from cats themselves is not as common as you might think.

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Making The Most Of Your Pregnancy

 

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You see those two pink lines and you instantly fall into a euphoric state of pregnancy bliss. You begin daydreaming about decorating the nursery and shopping for sleepers. And then, as instantly as it came, that feeling of bliss that has taken over your entire body has turned into morning sickness, swelling, fatigue and irritability. As good as laying on the couch for the next nine months sounds, the following is a list of things you should try to do during your pregnancy to not only prepare yourself for what lies ahead, but to commemorate the journey itself.

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Nursing Clothes to Obsess Over

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When I sat down to write about Boob Design, I thought to myself “How can I write this without coming across like a fanatic?!”. Well, as it turns out, I can’t. I am a fanatic about Boob so I have to be honest!

The search for nursing clothes that you actually want to wear is over!

Boob Design has truly nailed it. They have managed to incorporate clean design, sophisticated colors, organic fabrics, perfect fit and most importantly – easy access! To put it very simply, Boob Design nursing clothes are all you need.

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I’m Pregnant! 18 Ways to Tell Your Husband & Family

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You have checked and double-checked, in fact you probably tested with 3 home pregnancy kits and still aren’t sure that you believe it. You’re pregnant! Before you start buying your nursery furniture online, you have to tell those who mean the most to you! Here we have compiled a variety of ways, some popular and some original, for you to surprise your sweetie or family with this important news.

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5 Books that will have you laughing through pregnancy

Are you currently pregnant, yet find yourself completely turned off from reading informational pregnancy books?  Sometimes, you just want to be able to read a book, and relate to the funny parts of pregnancy (fart jokes, anyone?). If reading light-hearted books is more your thing, the below list will be sure to tickle both you, and your partner’s,  funny bone.

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Tracking Your Pregnancy

Finding out you’re pregnant can be exhilarating and exciting. But that 40-week mark can seem so far away, especially in the beginning. A fun way to countdown to your baby’s birth is by doing a weekly photo and jotting down some memories and milestones from that week. Whether you blog or just journal, below are some tips and ideas to get you started.

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Your Vitamins: Explained

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sure, we’ve all heard that anecdote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but have we considered its relevance when it comes to our vitamins? Often we can prevent common sickness by starting a daily vitamin regimen rather than spending hundreds of dollars on doctor visits and prescriptions for what began as a common cold.

Even if you do take your vitamins faithfully like your mother always told you, you may not know why they are important or what they are truly doing for your well-being. Here we have broken down the ingredients of your vitamin bottles into facts that are easier to swallow.


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Post-Cesarean Emotions & How To Cope

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This post is part of a series of articles on Cesarean birth. For more on dealing with recovery from your Cesarean, please visit our Life After C-Section Series.

After the birth of your baby by cesarean surgery, it is common to feel a wide range of emotions that can be difficult to process. It is normal to feel alone in this, because the people around you are so elated at the birth of your new baby that they assume you must feel just as overjoyed. Postpartum hormones and the stress and sometimes trauma of a birth experience are not something we prepare ourselves for while pregnant. Naming your emotions and finding some coping strategies will get you on the road to recovery and bonding with your new baby.

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