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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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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