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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6 ways to avoid vericose veins from pregnancy

Do your best to avoid vericose veins Varicose veins are mainly a hereditary condition, but doctors actually see them two to four times more frequently in women than in men. The reason? Pregnancy. Your growing uterus, along with weight gain and fluid retention, all put extra pressure on the vein …

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5 quick tips for better snacking during pregnancy

Value-Added Snacks Are you craving foods you never imagined you’d like this much, or never liked before? You’re not alone. Research says that 19 percent of pregnant women crave the sour taste of citrus, while another 20 percent frequently want sweets of some kind. Instead of indulging in …

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Boy or girl? 3 old wives’ tales to predict the outcome

If you're waiting until your delivery date to find out if you're having a little boy or a little girl, the suspense must be killing you! Although it's exciting to surprise yourself, it's also fun to indulge some old wives' tales and see if you can't guess what Junior's gender will be once he or she …

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