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It's true what they say about modesty during pregnancy -- it flies right out the window from the get-go. Tests, shots, and constantly dropping your pants in a sterile office are all hallmarks of the typical American pregnancy.

Today we're talking about some of the pregnancy realities that get a bad rap, from forcing pregnant women to fast to infection screenings that verge on TMI territory. Learn what you can expect, what these things all mean, and how they feel.

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Little kids are adorable. They’re sweet, full of love, and very silly. They love to hug, they give the best kisses, and when they learn to write, they write the best love notes.

The research is in, and it is clear that yelling is not a good thing. Neither is hitting of any kind. Or handing out random consequences in a moment of frustration.

So why isn't parenthood a breeze? Because those adorable little bundles of love can also be exhausting ...

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You've got rules at your house, right? I mean, if you've got teenagers, I know you've got some sort of rules that pertain to curfew or dating or language or cell-phone use or whether or not it is absolutely a requisite for the toilet seat to be returned to where it needs to be—up. I can still remember not being able to play Halo as a high schooler because it was rated "M." This rule wasn't super unique to me, as I knew other people that lived with this rule (namely my younger siblings), ...

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I was blessed with two really great pregnancies. Both times, I sailed through 40 weeks with some aches and pains, leg cramps, snoring, and other not-so-fun aspects. But all in all, I enjoyed carrying my babies; however, lots of people aren't as lucky. It's pretty common for women to feel out of sorts during their pregnancies, and that's the same with celebrities. Here are a few celebrities who did not enjoy those nine months.

Jenni "JWoww" Farley is ...

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Facebook is one of those things: you hate it, even though you love it, even though, really, you kinda hate it.

If you don’t have a Facebook page, people are always telling you to get one, and if you do, people are always telling you all the reasons you shouldn’t.

Personally, Facebook is my jam. It's a network I enjoy connecting with people on, and one I need to run my business effectively. But I love it hard, and I hate it ...

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This time last year, I was convinced that I was done having children. My oldest was 3 1/2 and had just started preschool. My baby was turning 1. Life was beginning to get back to some version of manageability. 

Somewhere along the way, we changed our minds. We realized that we still had room in our hearts (though less room in our home!), and we decided that if we were meant to have another child, then so be it. 

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Most of us have too much stuff as evidenced by drawers that won't close, pantries filled with ingredients that we'll never use, and platters and cups that we've received as gifts or picked up at events that we never use. All of this stuff makes it hard for us to find exactly what we need when we are looking for it, and clutter in the kitchen just makes us feel that much more unorganized. So here's a seven-day plan to declutter your kitchen and find the right "home" for all of those items you ...

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When I found out I was pregnant with my son people sent me all sorts of notes and pins and quotes. Little boys love their mama, they said. Boys are like noise with dirt on top, they warned. A moment of silence for your bathrooms, they joked. And “they” – my friends, more seasoned mamas, more experienced pinners – were all right. My son is all of these things. He’s sweet and kind and loving and noisy and unabashed and a brand of silly that brings me lift every single day. As his ...

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The thought of breastfeeding my upcoming fourth baby (19 weeks to go!) has left me with crazy amounts of anxiety.

As in, it's all I can think about it.

And instead of thinking about how great it's been to breastfeed my other children, or what a wonderful bonding experience it will be, I can only think of one thing: how much I am dreading it. But I've come up with an interesting solution that I think might just solve my problem:

Unilateral breastfeeding. 

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Bacon Mac n Cheese

When talking comfort food, there is nothing like a great big bowl of Mac N' Cheese. But what if we brought it up a notch and added BACON?! Crazy? I think not. Because who can deny everything is better with bacon? “Not I," says this food writer. That’s why this recipe for Bacon Mac N' Cheese will be a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10!

I’ve talked about soup being comfort food for one’s soul, but I will be honest, a good Mac N' Cheese recipe is a very close second. When the right ...

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