When Enough Is Enough: Pregnant Women and Weight Gain

Weight gain is a natural and necessary part of pregnancy. Nevertheless, it is still something that many expectant mothers dread, and as you begin to learn about how to care for your body during pregnancy, you might be wondering how much is too much. The reality is that there is no “magic number” for pregnancy…

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Something Fishy: How to Get the Omega-3 You Need During Pregnancy

Fat’s developed quite a negative reputation recently, but not all fats are bad. Omega-3 fatty acids are “good fats” that are essential in protecting against immune and inflammatory diseases. Unfortunately, however, most Americans consume far more omega-6 fatty acids (“bad fats”) than they do omega-3 fatty acids. A person’s consumption ratio of omega-3 fatty acids…

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Breathe Easy: Improving the Air Quality in Your Home for a Safer Pregnancy

If you’re like most pregnant women, you’ve probably heard from your doctor that you must avoid germs that could make you sick and weaken your body during this delicate time. You’re probably making an effort to wash your hands and eat right, and you’ve probably also taken steps to make sure that your home is…

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Prevention Is the Best Medicine: Illnesses You Should Know About During the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Congratulations – you’re pregnant! Now the real work begins. Your first trimester of pregnancy is a delicate and crucial time for your own health and your baby’s. The easiest thing you can do is to pay special attention to those “healthy habits” you’ve been practicing all along: avoid people with symptoms of cold or flu,…

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Mother Courage: Conquering Your Fear During Your First Trimester of Pregnancy

Congratulations – you’re going to be a mother! The nine-month rollercoaster commonly known as pregnancy is about to begin. Welcome to the first trimester. If you’re like most pregnant women, you’ll probably experience a whole assortment of conflicting emotions during your first trimester of pregnancy including joy, confusion, and fear of the unknown – and…

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It’s All a Part of the Plan: Creating Your Personal Birth Plan

You wouldn’t dream of taking a trip or preparing for a big event without a plan. Why should giving birth be any different? Many expectant mothers aren’t familiar with the concept of a birth plan, but having one will put you in the driver’s seat and allow you to have your baby on your terms.…

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Common Drugs and Pregnancy

Most over-the-counter medications and drugs prescribed by your doctor are safe for you to use during pregnancy. However, it’s a good idea to do a little research to determine which drugs you should avoid as potentially harmful to your developing baby. You might be surprised by the risks some common medications can pose. For example,…

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Pure Water, Healthy Baby

Many Americans feel confident and safe about drinking water directly from their kitchen taps. Surprisingly, however, an estimated 7 million people in the US become sick every year because of bacteria in their drinking water. While this is probably news to most people, it is especially important for you to take note of if you…

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Pregnancy for Husbands: How to Support your Partner

If your wife or partner is pregnant, congratulations! You’re in for the ride of your life, also known as “parenthood.” But you shouldn’t wait until delivery day to take action. There are things you can (and should) do throughout your wife’s pregnancy to both show your support and ensure that she and the baby stay…

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