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    Baby spit-up ... it's a rite of passage for new moms. There's no way you will escape infancy without getting slimed. Your washing machine will get a workout from burping cloths. It is what it is.

    But while all babies spit up, some babies spit up more than others, and that can be disconcerting for moms. You may wonder if all that spitting up is normal. Is baby getting proper nutrition from his feedings, is he uncomfortable ... will the spit-up phase ever end?

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    Shoe shopping with a toddler today can feel downright overwhelming. First off, the fashion options are endless, from rubber to leather soles, flip-flops to cowboy boots to Crocs. At the same time, many toddlers are learning to take their first steps or have just learned how to walk, so they aren't so steady on their feet. As such, finding the right style and fit carries surprisingly high stakes, since kids without the right shoes can trip, fall, end up with stitches in their lip or worse. To avoid making some fatal mistakes on your next toddler shoe-shopping spree, heed these warnings and smarter solutions below.

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    Pregnancy is full of surprises. You're putting away your groceries or stooping down to pet someone's dog, and then boom: you've got a nosebleed, and it's a gusher. You scramble for a Kleenex but still end up looking like the latest casualty from some slasher film. It's not only inconvenient and embarrassing, but you start thinking, Geez, I haven't had a bloody nose since I was 5 years old. Something must be wrong with me or my baby.

    Hold that thought. It turns out you probably have nothing to worry about.

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    Ah, Spanx: Where would women be without these miracle undergarments that squeeze and shape flab into a more flattering silhouette? Plus, now it has a line of maternity wear so that even pregnant ladies can look fabulous. Still, though, moms-to-be might wonder whether wearing tight underclothes could be bad for their unborn baby: After all, it's cramped enough in there, and now you're constricting things further. Baby could be getting mighty uncomfortable ... or come out with a cone head.

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    When babies want their bottle, they want it NOW -- not in ten minutes. Which is why it can be agonizing for parents to have to grab their baby in one hand and a pot in the other, turn on the stove, and warm the milk or formula. For millennia, moms have been told this is a necessary step before a baby will accept your offering. Yet many experts now say that warming the bottle is optional and by no means necessary. 

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    Deliver a baby and, suddenly, it's all about poop. We talk about it, analyze it ... even smell it during our few hours of sleep. We count our baby's bowel movements, note the consistency, and worry about constipation.

    Moms especially spend a great deal of time stressing about that last one. According to Dr. Melissa King, pediatrician, director of urgent care, and Dr. Mom Squad blogger at Dayton Children's Hospital, it's for good reason. "Constipation can become chronic if it is not addressed," she warns.

    So, what can mom do to help a constipated baby poop

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    While most pregnant women know they have to be careful not to take many medications without consulting a doctor first, herbal supplements may seem harmless: after all, they're just little ol' herbs, right? Not necessarily. "A woman needs to be careful about taking herbal supplements pregnancy," says Jenny Jaque, MD, an OB/GYN at the online health magazine Health Goes Female. "Regardless of them being 'natural,' some herbal supplements can lead to harmful effects on the pregnancy and growing fetus."

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    Sooner or later it's bound to happen to all teenagers: They wake up, peer in the mirror... and are horrified to find a huge, honking zit prominently displayed for the world to see. Unfortunately, teens and acne go together like peanut butter and jelly -- their bodies are simply primed to pump out pimples galore. "Teen acne usually shows up in teenagers between the ages of 10 and 20 and occurs because of hormonal changes that place during puberty," says David Bank, a dermatologist in Mt. Kisco, New York, and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman's Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age.

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    A Texas woman working at a hospital nursery who didn't realize she had tuberculosis may have reportedly exposed 706 babies and 43 coworkers to the serious and sometimes-deadly, but treatable disease. 

    A health case worker at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso was recently diagnosed with having an active case of TB, but health officials can't say with certainty whether she passed on the germ to babies born there between Sept. 1, 2013 and Aug. 16, 2014. This week, moms and dads who left Providence Memorial elated that they were going home with their new bundles of joy received the kind of letter in the mail that would be every parent's worst nightmare.

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    There was a time, long long ago, when you could have sworn you were a competent, capable individual. Then you get pregnant, and boom: You miss deadlines, misplace your keys, or blank on the name of a coworker you've known for years ... and once you give birth, the rest of what you think is ironclad in your mind slips away, too. Friends and enemies start whispering that you suffer from "baby brain," also known as "pregnancy brain" or "momnesia" -- all jokey ways to explain a worrisome new development: pregnancy- or motherhood-induced memory loss.

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