Dress Rehearsal: Braxton-Hicks contractions

Contractions a few weeks early? Here's the scoop on Braxton-Hicks. When Raelynn Glispin experienced contractions during the 36th week of her first pregnancy, they caught her by surprise; she wasn’t sure what they were.“When you’ve never had a contraction before, you aren’t positive if …

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Pilates in Pregnancy with Bree Turner

Like prenatal yoga, Pilates can help you connect with your body during pregnancy—and reduce your aches and pains. A system of strengthening and stretching exercises created nearly 100 years ago, Pilates is a complete workout that concentrates on your “powerhouse”—the stomach, hips, lower …

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Simple ways to green your pregnancy

  Green your diet, body and home The color options for expectant moms used to be pretty simple: pink or blue. But many pregnant women, driven by concern for the health of their baby, themselves, and the planet, are now selecting a different shade: green.Pediatricians agree that …

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Your safe pregnancy exercise checklist

Once upon a time, pregnant moms were told to keep off their feet and avoid exercise, but today’s experts say quite the contrary. “Exercise is great. I recommend it,” says Barbara Dehn, a nurse practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area with more than 20 years experience.Walking is …

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Buddy Up for baby delivery day

You know exactly what you want to pack in your birthing bag, but do you know who you want carrying it into L&D for you? These days, many moms are taking doulas and midwives into labor and delivery rooms. They’re also bring their mothers, sisters, best friends, and even their own fathers with …

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Preeclampsia and chocolate

Chocoholics REJOICE! Good news for your sweet tooth: Chocolate—particularly dark chocolate—can reduce your risk of preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure.Researchers at Yale University in New Haven, CT, found that pregnant women who ate …

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Get Your Pregnancy Diet Right

Kate Hanley of Brooklyn, NY, knew that pregnancy and weight gain go hand-in-hand, so it came as no surprise when she gained 30 pounds before giving birth to her daughter, Lillian.Still, Hanley admits, “I was nervous about gaining tons of weight when I was pregnant. I made sure that the …

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Take care of your summer pregnancy health with these tips

Summer is the time for relaxing pursuits like lounging poolside and sipping margaritas—virgin, of course!—but it also poses some unique risks to pregnant women. Before you hit the beach or pack that picnic basket, refresh your summer smarts with these basic guidelines.Keep your cool. Hot …

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TMI? How to get the right info so pregnancy doesn’t scare you.

 In the Internet age, knowing everything—and I do mean everything—about pregnancy and parenting often seems just a mouse click away. Not only can you order every book in print without ever leaving your desk, but you can also read countless articles and blogs warning you about scary …

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Secrets of second time moms for an easier pregnancy

Secrets of Second Timers When those two pink lines confirmed I was pregnant with Baby Number Two, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Not only had the ovulation predictor helped ensure conception, but I was now a veteran pregger—and much more relaxed about the next nine months.I thought …

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