8 most common food cravings

While you're in the early stages of pregnancy, you may begin to wonder about all those cravings you've heard about.When will they start? Will I really make my husband go in the middle of the night to get me ice cream? What's all the fuss about pickles?Well, pregnancy cravings are different from regular cravings you get. Once you begin craving a specific food item, it isn't going to go away until you satisfy it. That means you really might need your husband to make a grocery …

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Facebook readers share the one thing they’d change about their pregnancy

There are chapters in our lives that we wish we could go back and do something differently. During pregnancy, there's a lot that you go through such as morning sickness all the way to how you delivered that some women wish they could change. Of course, you have no control whether or not you get morning sickness, it's just something that happens. What you can do, however, is adjust how you handle it. Morning sickness can leave you feeling like you'll never be able to muster …

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Week 35: The pregnancy home stretch!

You finally made it to the home stretch of your pregnancy. You've only got five weeks left - and there's a lot to be excited about.Your changing lifeAs you reach the end of your pregnancy, you may notice that on top of your excitement, fear is starting to set in. Being nervous about labor, delivery and bringing your little babe home is normal and every woman goes through it, so there's no reason to think you're being dramatic.Your weekly doctor appointments likely include a …

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Move it! Your guide to keeping fit throughout pregnancy

What keeps your heart healthy, your spirits high and your weight in-check? Exercise. Now with a baby on the way, physical activity is more important than ever. Here's what you need to know before you hit the gym:Why it mattersAs long as you have a healthy pregnancy and get your doctor's permission, a regular and gentle exercise routine can help ease a host of uncomfortable symptoms. When you get moving, you can expect the following:A good night's sleepA boost to your self …

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Placenta, it’s what’s for dinner: What you should know

For even the most adventurous eaters among us, there may be one item on the menu that raises an eyebrow - the human placenta. Yet, thanks to some press from celebrity moms, more pregnant women are considering adding their afterbirth to their postpartum diets. Here's what you should know before you sign up to take your placenta home.The back storyThe placenta is an organ that grows inside the uterus during pregnancy. Essentially, it's your baby's lifeline - allowing the passage of …

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The pregnant woman’s guide to sharing her news at work

So you're ready to shout your news about your pregnancy from the rooftops? Slow down. How you break the news to your boss can impact your job for the better - or worse. Take our tips to heart to ensure you come across as professional and responsible no matter how giddy you are to take a leave.Choose a time: This one's a personal choice that depends on the nature of your work, your relationship with your boss and how well you're feeling. If your job exposes you to harmful …

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Breaking news: Study suggests the more fish, the better during pregnancy

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this week gives fish-lovers new hope during pregnancy. For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned expectant mothers against consuming more than two servings of fish per week. This advice is meant to keep developing babies safe from the effects of mercury, a toxic chemical that's found its way into our oceans and waterways. But now, after three decades of research by Rochester Ulster University in …

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Stock up for less: 4 items every pregnant woman can cut from her shopping list

When it comes to preparing for a new baby, there are some non-negotiable items you really need. You're going to need diapers, for one, and a safe, new car seat. But there are plenty of things you can either do without or buy later as your budget allows. Save money now by holding off on purchasing these items:CribA baby crib can be a big ticket item, but it's also not something you need right away. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new parents room-share with their …

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3 ways to get over your fear of labor right now

You've experienced the many joys of pregnancy: You've enjoyed every ultrasound, bought the tiny adorable clothes and spent hours daydreaming about your sweet little one. But now that your nine months are coming to an end, you find yourself in a tailspin of fear. Maybe you're worried about the pain, the potential for surgery or just how you'll keep up your strength.To all those fears, we say stop! It's perfectly normal to be nervous about such a big event - …

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6 healthy tips for keeping toxins out of your baby’s nursery

When your nesting instinct kicks in during pregnancy and you have an itch to overhaul your pad, give special thought to how you'll decorate the nursery. With all the new paint, carpeting and furniture you have on your shopping list, you may be bringing in something you didn't bargain for - an upwards of 300 toxic chemicals. Here's how to minimize your toxic load and set up a safe and healthy space for your son or daughter.Where these toxins come fromAny time you bring brand new …

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