Pregnant and plus-size – what you need to know

Pregnancy is a beautiful time for women of all shapes and sizes, but if you're overweight, being with a child can come with special challenges. Although you've probably been encouraged to diet by your healthcare professionals, pregnancy is no time to be counting calories or cutting back on meals. Here's how you can be healthy about your pregnancy and your weight at the same time. During pregnancy, most women are expected to gain a few pounds, but women who are already above their …

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Three ways to ask your friends and family for help as a new mom

Once your baby is born, your friends will undoubtedly be chomping at the bit to help you out. But if you're getting flooded with calls and letters, you may feel as if there's so much to do, you don't even know where to begin. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and ask for assistance in the following areas: 1. Ask for a home-cooked meal. As a new mom, you'll be so busy changing diapers and warming bottles that you almost certainly won't have time to heat up …

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Early pregnancies may reduce your risk of breast cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the world - about 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetimes. There's good news for moms, however - women who've had children have a decreased risk of developing the disease, especially if they gave birth early in their lives. Women who have their first full-term pregnancy before age 20 have about half the risk of developing hormone receptor-positive breast cancer as those who have their first pregnancy …

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Don’t ignore these pregnancy warning signs!

You may experience lots of weird feelings and phenomenons during your pregnancy, but if you ran off to the emergency room every time you had back pain or felt nauseated, you'd never be at home! Most of the time, weird sensations are just par for the course during pregnancy. But here are a few pregnancy symptoms that you absolutely shouldn't ignore, under any circumstance. 1. Bleeding. It goes without saying, but if you experience bleeding or spotting at any time during your pregnancy, …

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Expecting? Think before you pop that advil

Pregnancy is full of aches and pains, from the occasional headache to swollen feet, sore backs and all kinds of joint pain. But is it safe to pop an aspirin when you're really suffering? Most experts recommend that you avoid pain killers as much as possible, as some over-the-counter medications could have an affect on a developing fetus. However, when avoiding medications there are other ways to minimize your discomfort. First, if you're suffering from a headache, take a break. Turn off …

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How can I improve my chances of conceiving?

Many young, healthy women assume that once they're ready to have a child, they'll naturally conceive within a short window of time. Unfortunately, however, some who once stressed over pregnancy scares find that when they're actually trying to become parents, the task isn't as easy as it once seemed. It's not unusual for it to take several months to successfully conceive, but there are things you can do to improve your chances of becoming pregnant in a timely manner. Here are …

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Three ways to relieve back pain during pregnancy

As your pregnancy progresses, the amount of weight you need to carry is increasing, but your frame is staying the same. All the strain of walking around with a baby in your belly can do a real number on your spine, and leave you aching at the end of the day. Aside from asking your partner for a nice, long massage, what can you do to help ease the discomfort? Here are a few tips. 1. Try a new sleeping position. If you're used to sleeping on your stomach or your back, you'll have to …

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Is the fear of labor pain making women opt for C-sections?

It used to be that a Cesarean section was the worst thing that could happen in the delivery room - a true emergency that necessitated major surgery. But these days, more and more women are opting for a C-section even when they're fully capable of a natural vaginal delivery. Some are even scheduling their C-sections months before they go into labor! What gives? There are a few reasons that women are picking the operating room over the delivery room these days. For one, many women have …

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Three things to know about your pregnant body

Do you know what happens to your body when you're pregnant? Sure, your belly will grow and you'll likely start to feel nauseous, but how much do you really know about what's going on? Here are three facts about what your body goes through during pregnancy. 1. You won't just gain weight in your tummy. No matter how fit you were before you got pregnant, you're going to put on weight as your baby grows - it's healthy and normal. Some of that weight may spread to areas that …

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Traveling while pregnant – what you need to know

Air travel always involves at least a bit of mild discomfort, and when you're pregnant that discomfort can be magnified. But sometimes, flying just can't be avoided. Is it safe to travel by plane while pregnant? Here's what you need to know. As long as your pregnancy is normal and healthy, it is generally safe to fly. The ideal time for air travel while pregnant is the second trimester - when morning sickness is over, the risk of miscarriage is low and you're becoming used to …

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