Christmas dinner: Foods to avoid now that you’re pregnant

The key to having a holly, jolly Christmas? Knowing what food and drink to avoid before you sit down to dinner with loved ones. Take the angst out of holiday meals and put the focus back on celebrating by vowing to keep these foods off your plate this season: Drinks We know we don't have to tell you to steer clear of the bar area - but it's wise to be extra vigilant about the drinks you sip this holiday. Use caution when pouring mulled apple cider and eggnog, as both have the potential to be …

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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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Genius tips for battling morning sickness at work

Is that nauseous feeling creeping up at all hours of the day? Morning sickness is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms - but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with. As a working expectant mom, you'll need a few go-to tips for preventing and soldiering through morning sickness while you're in the office. After all, there are only so many sick days available throughout the year! Here are some safe and simple tips for coping during the work day: Snack frequently Keeping your stomach …

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The pregnancy test you don’t want to miss

You’ve reached the home stretch, your 36th week. All you have to do is sit back, put your feet up, and wait for labor to start, right? Not exactly. First, do you know what your group B strep status is?“It’s extremely important that every pregnant woman knows her beta strep status before she goes into labor,” says Randy Fink, M.D., an ob/gyn in private practice in Miami. “If your doctor doesn’t test you, go to someone who will.” What is group B strep? Group B strep—also …

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How to stay active during a winter pregnancy

During the chilliest days of the year, mustering up the energy to get a good workout going can be tricky, especially when all you want to do after a long day at work is curl up on the couch with a blanket and hot cup of tea!For women who are pregnant, it can be even tougher to overcome those initial hurdles and get to the gym in the wintertime. However, exercise can be an important aspect of ensuring a healthy pregnancy. With these great tips, women can boost their activity levels and enjoy …

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Is pregnancy acne killing your complexion?

Many women head into a pregnancy expecting their skin to start clearing up, their hair to begin looking shinier and their nails to grow stronger and longer. But sometimes, that "pregnancy glow" isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sure, your hair may get thicker and shinier, but so can the hair on your arms, legs and belly. And that "glow" is likely attributed to more oil, which might end up clogging your pores and leading to serious breakouts. But how can you safely treat acne during a …

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New poll: How are you handling pregnancy stress?

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Study up: Pregnancy vocab you need to know

Some words just aren’t taught in grammar school. If you think “Braxton Hicks” sounds more like Ashton Kutcher’s Hollywood rival than the “practice” labor pains you’ll experience in the third trimester, here’s a vocabulary lesson to help you better understand the key terms you’ll hear throughout pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Agpar score Also known as “newborn scoring.” Named for Dr. Virginia Apgar, this rating roughly estimates an infant’s condition at birth, based on …

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How to co-parent with an ex

It may not be your ideal parenting situation, co-parenting with a partner you don't co-habitate with, but it can be done - and peacefully, too. No matter your circumstances, whether you're separated, divorced, or never intended to be together, you can ensure you share parenting duties without losing your sanity. After all, your new focus should be making certain your baby always feels loved, safe, and cared for - no matter what kind of baggage either of you brings to the table.To that end, …

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How to find the perfect prenatal vitamin

When it comes to finding the right prenatal vitamin, try, try, and try again is our best advice. This is one thing worth getting right. At my first pregnancy checkup, I realized that I’d traded one daily pill for another—only this one didn’t come with the promise of an exciting sex life.Instead, my prenatal vitamin offered an insurance policy for a healthy baby, something nowhere near as thrilling as fantasizing about nursery décor or picking out chic baby names. But choosing a …

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