By Eve O'NeillAs if being pregnant hasn’t already given your body a thorough workout, along comes the cold. Before you know it, last-minute shopping, social activities, and the chilly weather have done a number on your skin—especially your lips. Because they lack oil glands, your lips dry out faster than the rest of your face. Winter’s extremes—outdoor cold and dry heat indoors—can cause lips to crack painfully. Before that happens, ramp up your wintertime protection. First,
Unlike some visits to a doctor’s office, a prenatal appointment is usually quick and pleasant. It is primarily designed for you and your health-care provider to receive updated information regarding you and your baby, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and rule out any complications.To maximize the time you spend with your ob/gyn, take these suggestions from The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy.• Make a list of your concerns and present them at the beginning of your
You believed it back in high school: Chocolate and french fries cause zits. But one look at your pink and pimply skin now and you know the culprit is hormones, which run rampant in your body during adolescence and pregnancy, increasing the sebum your skin produces and thus creating a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.Unfortunately, the treatments teens rely on—Accutane, tetracycline—are off-limits to you now. And some doctors even recommend avoiding over-the-counter ingredients
By the time you get to your third trimester, you may not be able to see your feet, but you know they’re there—swollen and worn out. Luckily, it’s perfectly safe to get a pedicure; in fact, it may be your only solution, because you probably can’t reach your toes, either!Most salons will take a few precautions, avoiding the area between the ankle bone and heel during any massage, even though there’s no medical evidence that this causes contractions. “You should be really cautious
By Meagan FrancisIt’s no wonder pregnancy makes some women nervous. Life is about to change in a huge way, and, in the meantime, there’s a baby growing inside whose well-being she feels utterly responsible for. And, of course, that child is going to have to come out somehow!Whether it’s the first baby or the fourth, a natural birth or a C-section, it’s absolutely normal to feel uneasy about giving birth. Fortunately, it’s possible to replace those nerves with calmer thoughts.
By Erin Gifford Pregnancy is a full-time job, which makes it tough when you’re also working an actual full-time job. Juggling meetings and deadlines with doctor’s visits and morning sickness is a struggle, but you can get through 40 weeks and still make the most of your 40 working hours. Here’s veteran advice for managing your work life as an expecting mom. Soothing Symptoms Many women work right up until their due date. Unfortunately, this often means dealing with fatigue and discomfort
By Jennifer L.W. FinkElizabeth Johnson’s fourth pregnancy was a complete surprise. Just a few months earlier, her physician had told her she was probably in perimenopause. Her youngest child was in first grade and she’d recently given away all her baby gear. So, when she found out she was pregnant, her first reaction was “borderline terror,” says the Lansing, MI, mom.Each year more than three million American women find themselves staring in surprise at a positive pregnancy