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In the midst of joyful anticipation sorting out tiny onesies and planning the perfect colour scheme for the nursery, parents-to-be have some sobering decisions to make as well.  Banking Baby’s umbilical cord blood for its precious stem cells is one form of insurance against possible medical needs of the future. 

But do you know what’s really involved?

Why is it important?
Stem cells...
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When I gave birth to my son, I chose not to have an epidural.  This is not a common choice: after all, if it means a free pass on the pain of labour and delivery, why wouldn't I jump at the chance?

No, I wanted to try giving birth naturally.  My mother gave birth four times without an epidural, I reasoned.  How hard could it be?  So I stood my ground and declined it, though...
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You've been getting to know our Mommy-to-be, following her escapades as she walks around with an unzipped fly, suffers guilty cravings, falls victim to pregnancy brain, and makes important decisions on what she will (and more importantly won't) do with her baby bump.  When our friends at Thyme Maternity got wind of our new series, they sent over a gift card so Mommy-to-be could at...
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This is just getting out of hand.  As if the trepidation I feel about bringing a new life into the world (and the ensuing weeks of not showering/minding my hair) isn't enough, I've discovered I have financial ruin to look forward to as well.  Especially if I buy everything on my growing 'baby budget' list.

Like the fiscally responsible nerd I am, I've been mapping...
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We’ve heard the old wives' tales on what you should and shouldn’t do when you’re expecting.  Must you really forgo hot baths, your cat, shellfish, and foot massages?  Not wanting to give up on these little (okay, huge) indulgences, we chatted with Dr. Grace Liu, OBGYN at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital, to sort the mythical facts from fiction.

Myth #1: Forgo all shellfish
Fact:...
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Prior to getting knocked up, I'd heard about this condition called 'Pregnancy Brain'. People say you get forgetful and essentially say and do dumb things thanks to hormones and the baby literally sucking away your brain power.  But I figured I could get away without this if I got a lot of sleep and tried to stay healthy.  Not that I've been eating healthy at all.

I've...
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I don't know what it is with my family but keeping a secret is quite impossible for them.  Sure there are a few souls who can be trusted, no matter how juicy the tidbit, but overall my family is pretty much the worst at minding their own beeswax.  How's yours?

I planned a very special way to tell my Grandmothers about their newest great grandchild by taking them to brunch and...
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Before I say anything that might get you supermoms out there all judgey on me, let me just start with this disclaimer: I am a very healthy person.  I am.  Before Baby, I wouldn't touch a french fry.  Or anything with too much sugar, too much salt, anything artificial and certainly not anything with hydrogenated oils and other evils in it.  I was the nerd at the grocery...
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Pregnancy really brings out the crazy in people, doesn't it?  I'm convinced the hormones are responsible for many celebrity baby names or anyone who names their child a verb or an object.  It also makes them do things with their bumps they'd never do otherwise. 

Allow me to list the following pregnancy activities I will not be engaging in:

1. Baby bump posing in the nude,...
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As I sit here with my pants unzipped (and thankfully no one has noticed), I am desperate for 2 things: 

1. A snack that is preferably a bowl of chocolate ice cream or a toaster waffle;

2. Internet television.  Me, wrapped in a blanket sitting with my laptop watching ideally something shallow and meaningless like Days of Our Lives or The Bachelor.  I'd even be willing to watch
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