3 reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to gain weight during pregnancy

The old adage "You're eating for two now" during pregnancy still finds its way into conversation, but in reality, this isn't really true. You're still in charge of consuming a healthy diet and managing your weight gain. However, you should remember that gaining weight during pregnancy is totally normal, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may want to think about these guidelines for pregnancy weight gain: Women …

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Your pregnancy journey [Infographic]

There's a lot that you'll go through on your journey to motherhood, so we're taking a moment to highlight some of the most important experiences along the way.First trimester Although you should quit any bad habits before you get pregnant, you'll definitely want to be sure that you're no longer drinking caffeine, drinking alcohol or consuming certain foods by week 4. One day you'll wake up and notice you're feeling pretty sick. Morning sickness usually starts between weeks 5 and 7 and can …

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What our Facebook readers think of the heartburn myth!

We all know the "myth" that if you have terrible heartburn during your pregnancy then your baby is going to grow a lot of hair. While most dismiss this as an old wives tale, it actually turns out that there is a connection between the two. Previously, we at Pregnancy Magazine talked about how researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that women who reported more severe heartburn gave birth to babies with hair. In fact, 23 of the 28 pregnant women delivered a child with a head …

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Week 39: Woah baby!

You're just one week away from your due date and have probably reached the point where the only thing you want is to be on your way to delivery. Trust us, we get it and we totally understand. It's been a long journey to get to milestone and your patience is probably wearing thin as you're feeling enormous. Your changing lifeFalse labor is a common pregnancy symptom at this stage. The pain typically starts in the front of your body and will dissipate when you …

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Week 37: Watch for labor

You've reached week 37 and your baby is officially considered full term. That means that if you were to go into labor right now, he or she will have developed most of the body's crucial functions. While you're reaching the point in your pregnancy where you just want baby to be here already, be patient. Do what you can to enjoy these last few weeks sans child with your partner, take long naps (because they won't come frequently in the near future!).Your changing …

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Week 36: Nesting, waddling and decorating

Now that you've reached week 36, you've only got a few more weeks left in this exciting journey until baby finally makes his or her debut! Your changing lifeAt this point in your pregnancy, you're visiting the doctor weekly and may even start dilating. This is common right now as your body prepares for delivery. There's a lot that's starting to change for your body during these last few weeks. Right before labor begins, you'll have the sudden …

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Week 38: Bumpin’ pumpkin!

With just two weeks to go, you're nearly there! The realization that you're going to have a baby soon is setting in and you're more anxious than you've ever been to meet your little one. Although there isn't too much excitement in these last couple of weeks, the biggest things you need to look out for are signs of labor. Baby has been considered full term for a week now, so if you were to deliver there likely wouldn't be much of an issue. Your changing …

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What you’ll love – and hate – about pregnancy

Being pregnant is a big chapter in your life, but we'll be honest: not all of it's sunshine and rainbows. There are times when you'll find that you could be pregnant forever and times when you'll hate it. One of the most amazing parts of being pregnant is when you get to feel those little kicks. You may not realize what they are at first because they kind of feel like little butterflies, but eventually you and your partner will be able to see …

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Pregnancy trimesters: Your definitive guide

Pregnancy is a 40-week journey starting from the first day of your last period. For most first-time moms, that nine month adventure can sometimes last a little longer since it can take your body a while to get things going. First trimesterYour first trimester is from week 1 through week 12. This is when you'll have morning sickness, mood swings, extreme fatigue and find yourself running to the bathroom more frequently. And when we say you're going to be tired, we really mean …

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The 6 most annoying pregnancy pet peeves

Although you're still in the early stages of your pregnancy, you'll find that some pet peeves may already be starting to settle in. You don't really realize just how annoying some of these things are until they happen. Whether it's rubbing your belly without asking or commenting on how much weight it looks like you've gained, you're sure to find your buttons being pushed at some point. 6 pet peeves you'll undoubtedly encounter during …

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