6 little pregnancy indulgences to make you feel like a million bucks

There comes a time in every woman's pregnancy when the nausea, swollen ankles and fatigue get the best of her. At the end of the day, growing a human being is hard work. So take a moment, in between registry-building and doctor's appointments, to schedule some time just for you. We have six ideas for putting the focus on relaxing, recharging and pampering before baby arrives.Take a dipAfter months of supporting a growing bump, your back, shoulders and legs may be ready for a break. …

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14 New Year’s mocktails that won’t make you feel left out

Feel like partying hard this New Year's Eve despite your pregnancy? While a glass of champagne won't do you or your unborn baby any harm, you can't indulge in as much alcohol as you may wish, which might put a damper on the festivities if everyone around you is joyfully imbibing. Instead of sulking over your lack of bubbly or fancy cocktails, try mixing up a few of these delicious mocktails, which are perfect for New Year's parties. By the end of the night, don't be surprised if you find people …

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Mocktail recipes to sip while getting ready for baby

There are a lot of things you should give up when getting ready to become a first time mother, but a great cocktail shouldn't have to be one of them. You can have your mojito, just without the rum! Here are some awesome mocktail recipes for your next party or special occasion.Sangria sans wineWhat's more refreshing and ideal for a garden party than sangria? Perhaps sangria, sans wine. The Kitchn has an easy recipe for yummy sangria that serves eight. Here's what you need:2 cups of …

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Sleep breathing problems during pregnancy

Problem SleepHelpful advice for those who don’t breathe easy overnight.By the end of your pregnancy, getting a good night’s sleep is nothing more than a pipe dream. Between the back pain, leg cramps, baby kicks, and squashed bladder, you’re in and out of bed so much, it feels like a revolving door. Yet for many pregnant women, sleeping poorly isn’t just an annoyance, but a sign of something more serious.Recent studies published in The Journal of the American Medical …

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Why you need the Tdap vaccine

As you approach your 27th week of pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will offer you the option of a Tdap vaccine. This shot, administered during every pregnancy, safeguards your baby against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis. While you have the option to decline this vaccine, this is one shot you won't want to skip. What is Pertussis?Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious respiratory disease that leads to violent, uncontrollable coughing and breathing …

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Pregnant and vegetarian: How to stay meat-free the healthy way

If you've been enjoying a meat-free diet, there's no reason to put your vegetarianism aside just because you have a baby on the way. Find out how to get the vitamins and minerals you need to support your health - and your growing baby.ProteinIf getting an adequate amount of protein was tough for you before baby, it's about to get that much tougher. The United States Department of Agriculture advises healthy adult women to consume an average of 46 grams of protein as part of a …

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Use food to fight morning sickness

When you're plagued by morning sickness, eating may be the last thing on your mind. But what you might not know is that the right food may be just what you need to stave off daily nausea.More than half of all pregnant women suffer through morning sickness, mostly in the first trimester when hormones fluctuate the most. While there isn't a quick fix in medication form, many women find that eating several small meals a day can be the ticket to keeping their breakfast down. The key is to …

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Why creating a will now that you’re pregnant can’t wait

You've created your baby registry and decorated the nursery. Diapers and wipes are stocked and your birth plan is at the ready. You're all set for baby, right? Not so fast. If you and your partner haven't made time to create a will, you may be missing a crucial step in preparing for your child's future.A will is a legally binding document that lays out provisions for divvying up your estate once you've passed away. Sure, it's not a pleasant thought - but it's …

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Ready, set, go! 4 all-natural ways to start labor

If you've caught yourself exclaiming with horror that you might be pregnant forever, then this one's for you. With only 5 percent of babies born on their due date, a whole lot of women go into pregnancy overtime. We get it - you're exhausted, uncomfortable and plain old ready to meet that late little one. So how can you get the ball rolling? We've compiled 4 all-natural ways that may kickstart labor - without a dose of pitocin:Castor oilOne of the less pleasant on …

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How to weather the winter with a baby on the way

'Tis the season for billowing scarves, thick wooly mittens and mugs of hot cocoa. With another winter here, we're giving thought to facing these dipping temps and whipping winds - all while bundling up around a baby bump. Here are four tips to surviving your first winter as a mama-to-be:Moisturize Pregnancy has a way of zapping your skin of its moisture, all to ensure your little one has enough fluids as he or she grows. To battle the resultant flaky skin, be sure to stay …

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