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13 Aug

Health Supplements You Need During Pregnancy

While you are expecting a baby, there are certain extra nutrients your body needs to sustain your own health while promoting the growth of new life. As long as you eat a balanced diet and drink lots of good fluids, such as water, your nutritional needs are covered, for the most part. But in order to ensure your body can keep up with its increased demands, you may want to consider taking supplements. Here’s the lowdown on what’s good and what’s bad for the expectant mom. (read more…)

07 Aug

Third Trimester Instincts For Nesting, Organizing and More

By the time you get to the third trimester of your pregnancy, your body is ready to give birth. Your mind should be, too, thanks to the hormone prolactin, which produces child rearing and nurturing instincts in the mom-to-be. Your brain physically changes with the addition of numerous neurons growing in the hippocampus which are thought to stimulate spatial memory in anticipation of caring for a newborn. Between the prenatal physical and mental changes occurring in your body and mind, you are apt to feel the urge to do various things you previously didn’t care about.

So with all those biological changes, what instincts can you expect to come into play in your third trimester? Here are just a few you might experience. (read more…)

26 Jul

Is It OK To Not Gain Weight During Pregnancy?

A lot of women are concerned about gaining too much weight during pregnancy. That’s readily apparent by all the furor over Jessica Simpson’s excessive prenatal weight gain and books such as Pregnancy Without Pounds and Pregnancy Without Weight. While it’s detrimental to gain too much (it could cause prenatal diabetes, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and other conditions), it’s just as risky to go through pregnancy without gaining enough to ensure your growing baby is supplied with sufficient nutrients. (read more…)

19 Jul

Tips For Safe Travel During Pregnancy

Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a summer vacation, particularly if you have other children who are dying from boredom and itching to explore somewhere new. Of course, there are some precautions that you will need to take in order to protect your growing baby and stay healthy away from home. Here are some tips for making prenatal travel safe and comfortable. (read more…)

12 Jul

Pregnancy Basics For the First-Time Mom-To-Be

If you are pregnant for the very first time, congratulations! It’s exciting, isn’t it?

But not everything about pregnancy is exciting. Chances are you might be experiencing some trepidation, maybe even fear, about what to expect. Although you’re certainly not alone, there are some important things you need to understand about expecting. Here are a few key things to keep in mind as you carry your first child. (read more…)

05 Jul

Some Unusual Pregnancy Symptoms and How To Treat Them

Even though millions of women get pregnant every year, many of them already moms, there are instances when the physical and mental symptoms of pregnancy are rather unexpected. Here are some of the more common yet unusual pregnancy symptoms obstetricians have reported treating in their offices. (read more…)

28 Jun

When It Comes to Prenatal Beauty Less Is More

Let’s get real: we’ve all been misled by stories of pregnant women who are just naturally beautiful, glowing, and peaceful. The truth is that some of us (most of us?) just aren’t that lucky. We still need to work on looking pretty and radiant, especially when we are suffering from nausea, swelling, and fatigue. But rather than opting for the beauty treatments we normally use (hair dye, microdermabrasion, chemical hair removal and the like), it’s best to keep it natural and simple while you are pregnant. Here are five best beauty treatments for the mom-to-be. (read more…)

21 Jun

Should You Use a Doula During Childbirth?

While it may seem like a modern option for many moms-to-be, using a birth doula to help during childbirth is actually quite an ancient practice. Should you consider hiring a doula for your delivery day? Here’s what you need to know.

What Is a Doula?

A doula does not replace a doctor or even a midwife. Basically, a doula provides professional support before, during, and after your labor. She will help you relax, using proven techniques and even specific movements that take pressure off your pained body parts (such as your back) and alleviate contraction pain. A doula is your coach and your friend when you are in the midst of labor and feeling like ripping off your husband’s head because of the pain and discomfort. And for that reason, many husbands are big proponents of doulas, who alleviate emotional as well as physical concerns and can act as go-between for parents and hospital staff. (read more…)

14 Jun

Pregnant and Attending a Wedding: Tips You Need To Make It Through

Now that June is here (also known as the official wedding month), chances are you’ve been invited to attend a wedding, or maybe you’ll be an attendant for one or more friends. Weddings can be stressful enough during any time of your life, but when you are pregnant, it’s bound to cause even more anxiety. Here are the tips you need to know to get you through the experience unscathed. (read more…)

07 Jun

When It Comes to Exercise There Is Such a Thing As Too Much of a Good Thing

How many times have you thought to yourself, “If a little is good, a lot has to be even better?” Many modern women tend to have this “supersize” mentality about nearly anything. Unfortunately, it’s usually not true; overdoing can be detrimental to your health, especially your prenatal health.

Signs You Are Addicted to Exercise

You might be addicted to exercise if: (read more…)