'Text4baby' Program Gives Tips for New Moms

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Pregnancy can be a scary proposition for women, especially for first-time mothers.

From questions like "What's the best formula" to "Should I be feeling this way" are often on mothers' minds.

A federal program offers parenting tips at your fingertips. The program, called Text4baby, sends expectant mothers free advice via texts two to three times a week.

Launched in February 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program is now in 50 states and Washington, D.C. According to the website, more than 131,000 have enrolled in the program.

The advice coordinates with a mother's due date or a baby's age and it often arrives when the women need it most.

The program isn't just for expectant moms. New moms can sign up for parenting tips and critical health information.

"The timing seems to be insane, like it's always spot on, like exactly what I'm going through or I'm worried about," new mom Nikki Bascome said. "I get a text message reassuring me, telling me not to worry, reminding me to drink a certain amount of water a day, eating, making sure I actually eat for myself and for the baby."

"I think it will help me learn a little more about him and what to expect with him," she said.

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