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 weather becomes more than just a comfort issue when you’re pregnant. “Significantly elevated body temperatures have been linked to birth defects and miscarriage, especially in the first …

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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 pregnancy-related symptoms and birth emergencies. Sure, knowledge is power, but after a while, too much knowledge can become overwhelming. And it may not be all that helpful: After all, no matter …

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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 about all the things I wished I had known the first time—realities about pregnancy that would have saved me a lot of worry and hand-wringing. Like the fact that lower abdominal aches don’t mean …

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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 empty extra calories, satisfy your taste buds with these nutritious solutions to your cravings.• If you’re sweet on sweets, fresh fruits supply needed vitamins and minerals, and you can drizzle …

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4 social situations to brush off during pregnancy

From food restrictions to genetic testing, pregnancy provides its own list of things to worry about. During the next nine months, while you focus on keeping baby healthy, we suggest leaving all other stresses on the cutting room floor - that includes angsting over your pushy mother-in-law's hurt feelings. Here are four perfectly reasonable things to brush off while you wait for baby: Your mother-in-law's request to be in the delivery room For a first-time mom especially, the labor and …

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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 finally arrives. Here are a few old-fashioned ways to predict which sex you're expecting.1. The pendulum test.To try this one out, tie a piece of your hair around a ring and hold it over your …

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Tips for pregnancy back pain

Haven't got time for the pain Jessica Rosenberg, a mother of two from Santa Clara, CA, suffered from extreme back pain when she was pregnant with her first child. “One morning when I was about seven months pregnant, I bent forward to pick up a shirt and couldn’t straighten up,” Rosenberg says. Her pain was so severe that she had to crawl to the phone to call for help. “I spent the next three days on the couch while my back healed enough to move around again.”Rosenberg’s …

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6 Yoga poses for pregnancy relief

 Yoga is a wonderful resource when you’re expecting. It has many benefits, including relief from common aches and pains of pregnancy as well as stress reduction. Yoga also provides an increased connection between your body and your breath that will assist you throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, and motherhood.By practicing prenatal yoga, you can broaden your awareness of your changing body and your growing baby. Even a few minutes a day offers the opportunity to focus …

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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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