Kick these 5 bad habits while you’re pregnant

Bust a bad vice From that surreal moment when you see two pink lines confirming you’re pregnant, you feel a flush of excitement and, at the same time, one stunning realization: “The party’s over!” No more Sunday mimosas, Starbucks mochas, smoke breaks, and working ’til all hours. Welcome to pregnancy, the ideal time to bust a bad habit or two that you’ve been neglecting to face. Here are five vices to quit now for your health—and your baby’s.Chain smoking, social …

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The third trimester test you may not have heard of

By the end of your pregnancy, you're likely to have been poked and prodded countless times all in the name of safeguarding your baby's health. Between weeks 35 and 37, you'll have one more medical test to add to the list - one that checks for the presence of Group B Streptococcus. What is it? GBS is the name for very common bacteria often found in a woman's vagina, rectum or bladder. Though it is generally innocuous, causing few problems and going largely undetected, GBS could pose a risk as …

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4 super foods every pregnant woman needs right now

What's your pregnancy diet look like? If you're fighting a hankering for junk food - or you just can't bring yourself to step away from the simple carbs, there's still hope for you. Staving off cravings - or worse, suffering from food aversions - can make healthy eating an uphill battle. Give your prenatal diet a much-needed boost by focusing on eating more of the following foods. Each of these items is easy to find in any supermarket - and most importantly - each is chock full of minerals, …

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Curb those pregnancy cravings!

Michele Leiberman had always kept a strict vegan diet, but that quickly changed in her first trimester. Why the drastic switch? Believe it or not, it had nothing to do with doctor’s advice or dietary needs; Michele abandoned veganism because she simply could no longer stomach her beloved tofu. “It made me gag,” she says.In fact, this Westminster, MD, marathoner had such strong food aversions during the early months of her pregnancy that she couldn’t eat her usual sandwiches, salads, …

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Give swollen ankles the boot during pregnancy

If you're suffering the pregnancy woes of swollen ankles, this one's for you. As if it weren't frustrating enough to grow too big for most of your clothing, it hardly seems fair that during pregnancy, your shoes don't fit either. Yet, 75 percent of moms-to-be experience this type of swelling. Known as edema, swollen ankles and feet usually become an issue around week 22 and may last all the way through delivery. What's the deal? As with most pregnancy symptoms, fluctuating hormones are …

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Eat this – not that to curb pregnancy cravings

Satisfying Alternatives for Pregnancy Cravings Looking for healthier ways to quell cravings? Try these suggestions culled from moms and experts such as Catherine Jones, co-author of Eating for Pregnancy: An Essential Guide to Nutrition with Recipes for the Whole Family.When you’re hankering for salty snacks, try air-popped or light popcorn, whole-grain pretzels, baked potato chips (instead of fried), or nuts. If you crave sweets, try dried fruit. Or spread a mix of cottage cheese, …

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Book Review: Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy

Get off the Hormone Roller Coaster. Are you putting up with a lot of discomfort instead of sailing through pregnancy? If your answer is yes, this new book by an ob/gyn and reproductive endocrinologist might be for you. Dr. Robert Greene’s Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy: A Groundbreaking Plan for Having a Healthy Baby and Feeling Great will put you on track for a feel-good pregnancy. Greene, a leader in hormone and brain research, takes this approach: Your pregnancy complaints are …

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The new birth trend that could boost your baby’s immunity

Boosting your baby's immunity through "seeding" A new trend in Australian childbirth seeks to level the playing field for babies born by Cesarean section. Seeding, though still a fringe practice, involves swabbing C-section-born babies with vaginal fluid - introducing them to the same bacteria their vaginally born counterparts benefit from.When born naturally, babies are pushed through the birth canal, exposing them to more than 300 good bacteria. These microbes boost baby's immunity and …

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Heads-up! What to expect when baby’s bottom-down

Breech babies - what you need to knowWhen it comes to childbirth, the best advice we can give a mom-to-be is to expect the unexpected. A due date may come and go with no sign of labor. A natural delivery may leave you begging for an epidural - and a baby may never get into the correct birthing position in the first place. If the latter should happen, and your little one is labeled breech, here's what you need to know: What is breech? A breech baby is one who never turns head-down inside …

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Road rules for traveling pregnant moms

Road Rules for traveling pregnant momsSummer road trips don’t have to be off-limits now that you’re pregnant. Here’s what you need to know for safe long-distance travel by car   When and Where to Go Your second trimester, 13 to 26 weeks into your pregnancy, is the best time to travel—you’re over the constant queasiness but still have plenty of time before your due date. When choosing your destination, aim for relaxation and comfort. Avoid high altitudes because you may …

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