Top 5 things never to say to a pregnant woman

Between pregnancy hormones, morning sickness and fatigue, it seems unfair that moms-to-be must endure questions and comments that make them cringe as well. If you have a friend who's always sticking her foot in her mouth, you may want to share this one with her. You can thank us later.Horror stories Save scary stories for Halloween. Preparing for birth is no time to take in accounts of a birth gone wrong. Sure, there will always be stories of women who've had a rough go in the …

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Make over your beauty bag during pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a funny time: Just when your self confidence really needs a boost, you'll find many of your beauty go-tos are off limits. But instead of wallowing until delivery day - or worse, not allowing yourself to feel like the beauty you are - make some simple swaps to your makeup bag. There are skincare and beauty options aplenty - many of which are perfectly safe for you and your growing baby.What to avoidFirst and foremost, there are a number of chemicals all pregnant women …

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How to plan a babymoon on the cheap

Before you embark on your new adventure as parents, pack a bag for a trip of a more literal nature. Schedule time away for just you and your partner to reconnect and recharge before baby arrives. With all the planning you two have been doing, you deserve a moment to step back and focus on one another. But if booking a flight and scheduling a babymoon sends your heart aflutter about your finances, never fear. We've compiled some tips for planning time away on the cheap.When to travelThe …

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Why you should fill your plate with fish now that you’re pregnant

One minute you're staring at a pregnancy test waiting for the strips to turn pink - and the next minute, you're turning your life upside down to accommodate your future child. Or at least that's the way it sometimes feels, what with all the lifestyle and dietary changes pregnancy asks of you. You know why you need to nix alcohol and why you should load up on fruits and veggies. But what's the science behind adding a fish oil supplement to your diet? We get to the bottom of …

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At what age should you get pregnant?

Once women make the decision to start a family, they may begin wondering when the best time to do this is. Just because you know you want kids doesn't mean you're ready to have them yet, after all. But is there a specific age when it's best to get pregnant? People have been speculating for years about this question, and the answer is no. There's no single age when women should aim to get pregnant. Every woman is different, with varying health issues, financial statuses and …

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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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