Enjoy your first pregnant Thanksgiving without the extra weight gain

At first glance, Thanksgiving seems tailor-made for pregnant women. There's the abundance of food, not much of it healthful; the call for stretchy waistbands and the after-dinner nap. While pregnancy certainly means standing by as your waistline expands, the old adage that you're now eating for two is just that - old. Now, obstetricians advise women to add only an extra 300 calories to their daily intake. Additionally, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists …

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The crucial pregnancy check-up you could be skipping

It can be easy to brush off your routine check-up at the dentist when you're busy monitoring your growing belly during pregnancy. After all, how much could the state of your pearly whites have to do with your pregnant body? It turns out, plenty. With pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone in flux, moms-to-be are more at risk for gingivitis, gum disease and even pregnancy tumors. It all sounds scary, doesn't it? Well, it doesn't have to be. Here, we'll tell you why …

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The pregnant woman’s Thanksgiving survival guide

Let's face it, the holidays, as joyous and celebratory as they are, can be the most stressful time of year. There's the forced family gatherings, budget-breaking gift shopping and holiday travel to wear us thin. Now that you have a little one on the way, these festivities have gotten a whole lot more stressful, right? Wrong. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we've compiled an easy and concise guide to surviving your first holiday with a baby on the way.If you're …

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5 sweet ways to save your pregnancy memories

Of all the items to check off our first trimester to-do lists (find a medical provider, set up a budget, say no to alcohol), rarely do the experts advise us to slow down and savor it all. Sure, between morning sickness and swollen ankles, time seems to move at a snail's pace. But trust us, those nine months will be up in the blink of an eye. Take a moment now to stop and enjoy this truly special time. Read on for five sweet ways to ensure you remember these fleeting moments for a …

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Top 10 reasons why it’s awesome being pregnant during the holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching, and this year, you may be about to experience the festivities during a pregnancy. At first, you might think that being pregnant will put a damper on the fun you would normally have on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's, but there you'd be wrong. Here are the top 10 reasons why having a baby bump over the holidays is actually downright fabulous.1. You can get out of almost anything. Dreading the thought of Christmas shopping, hosting …

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Off limits! 5 foods you should avoid during pregnancy

From the first time you visit the doctor to confirm your pregnancy until your last prenatal appointment, your health care provider will continually remind you of foods that you can and cannot eat. Trust us, we know just how hard it can be to fight off the urge to indulge on a delectable plate of your favorite sushi or sip on a glass of wine after a hard day at the office. However, you should remain vigilant in staying away from these foods because they can cause severe damage to your …

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5 ways you’re making morning sickness worse

One of the most difficult parts about the first trimester of your pregnancy is dealing with morning sickness. This is very common in pregnancy, and most women experience at least some nausea. Feeling sick typically begins during the first month of pregnancy and can last well into the 16th week. However, some women experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy. Although you may worry that feeling so sick can hurt your baby, it doesn't. You …

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Check out these 4 tips for getting through pregnancy fatigue!

There's no easy way to put this: Pregnancy will leave you feeling more exhausted than you've ever felt before (especially during your first trimester). Women typically feel the most exhausted during the first trimester and again when it returns toward the end of pregnancy. In fact, most women feel constantly tired before they start to show or even gain any weight, which is why fatigue is one of the most common early warning signs that you may be growing a baby inside your …

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Why your first trimester is the most important for your baby’s heart health

A recent study conducted by Dutch researchers and published in the peer-reviewed BMJ found that the first three months of pregnancy is a crucial time for a baby's hearth health later in life. Researchers concluded that children who were small during the early stages of fetal development were at an increased risk of heart problems once they were older.Nearly 1,200 six-year-old children were assessed for cardiovascular risk factors as part of the study, …

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5 tips for relieving breast pain during pregnancy

Your body undergoes many changes throughout pregnancy, and one of the more painful side effects is swollen and tender breasts. When your hormones start to do their work on your body, it causes an increase in blood flow and changes in breast tissue. As a result, you may experience sore, tingly, sensitive and swollen breasts. You may have noticed that breast tenderness was one of the first indications that you were pregnant. Changes to your breast, including swelling and sensitivity, can …

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