280 Pregnancy TipsRebecca Odes
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1: Choose a doctor you actually like
Now that youve had some time with him or her, how are you feeling about your care provider? If youre not feeling like this is the best care for you, its okay to decide to change to another doctor or midwife.
How to choose a good midwife
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2: Relax after prenatal tests
If you get an amnio, bring your partner or a close friend with you for support. Afterwards maybe take the day off, rest, see a movie. Some care providers even suggest half a glass of wine to help relax the uterus.
Mom battles amnio and wins
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3: Your miscarriage risk has dropped
The miscarriage rate drops significantly in the second trimester, lifting some of that first-trimester anxiety and helping women feel more connected to their pregnancies.
Consider coming out of the pregnancy closet
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4: Morning sickness may subside
The placenta takes over a lot of the hormone production at 14-17 weeks. Most women find this shift makes morning sickness and exhaustion much less pronounced in subsequent months.
Are you planning to encapsulate your placenta?
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5: Your libido may increase
This is supposedly the sexy trimester unless it isnt. Some women experience a surge of libido in the second trimester while others just arent into it. Follow your own impulses!
Everything you need to know about having sex during your pregnancy
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6: Sex is safe
Though many people worry about it, there is no way to hurt the baby during normal sexual intercourse. The fetus is protected by the amniotic fluid and probably doesnt even feel it.
What sex is like during each trimester
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7: Fetal movements may take time
The end of pregnancy nausea is a huge relief. But it can also come with some worry — at least when youre nauseous, youre still pregnant! Hold tight for a few more weeks; fetal movements may begin to be noticeable soon.
Why this moms severe morning sickness made her consider terminating
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8: There's a name for baby's kicks
Most first-time mothers start to feel fetal movements — known as quickening — at around 20 weeks.
What you might confuse quickening for
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9: Leg cramps are normal
Brief but incredibly painful leg cramps are common in pregnancy, especially at night. Try massaging and stretching your legs and eat foods rich in potassium and magnesium, like bananas.
Battle leg cramps with bananas
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10: Go organic when possible
These foods had the most pesticides in tests: berries, lettuce, grapes, potatoes, kale/ collard greens, cherries, spinach, sweet bell peppers, peaches/nectarines, apples, celery. Buy organic if you can.
Buying organic on a budget
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11: Make exercise fun
Once freed up from the incredible exhaustion of the first trimester, many women find that the notion of exercising finally seems within grasp. Do what you like to do: yoga, walking, running, swimming, hiking. Its important you enjoy the workout as well as the health benefits.
The health benefits of prenatal yoga
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12: Stretch often
If you work at a desk job, you may start to feel uncomfortable with long stretches in your chair. Get up, walk around, stretch, and experiment with back support as your body weight changes.
Exercise can also help reduce back pain
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13: Avoid too much sun exposure
Cholasma, or mask of pregnancy, is a series of brown markings that can appear on some pregnant womens cheeks, noses, and foreheads. It cant always be prevented, but staying out of the sun can help. The marks fade after birth.
How to help fight the splotchy marks from chloasma
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14: You may feel fake contractions
Braxton-Hicks contractions are noticeable but painless warm-up (or false) contractions. Some women feel them starting in the second trimester. Others never get them at all. Either way is perfectly normal and healthy.
Make your Braxton-Hicks contractions more comfortable
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15: There's no rush to share the name
Feel free to stop talking about what you are thinking about naming your baby.
10 reasons not to share the baby name
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16: Glow isn't a given
The glow of pregnancy isnt a myth, but it isnt a given either. Some women find that pregnancy improves their skin, while others have a range of dermatological complaints. If you dont glow, you can always fake it!
Thank you, Photoshop
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17: But your hair has never looked so good!
Youre probably documenting your growing belly but dont forget to take some pictures of your luxurious mane. Your hair may never look as full and fabulous as it does during pregnancy!
Then again ... your hair can also take a turn for the worse
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18: Stretch marks will fade
Stretch marks can show up as early as the second trimester. Though its doubtful creams and oils do much to prevent them, theres no harm trying if youre so inclined. They will fade after the birth.
Every moms experience with stretch marks is different
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19: That dark line on your belly isn't permanent
The linea negra is a darkish, vertical line of pigment that develops on some mothers bellies. Its more common in women with darker complexions, and itll fade postpartum.
9 more weird and random things about pregnancy
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20: Try to sleep on your side
Though its sometimes recommended that women sleep on their sides in pregnancy, theres no need to panic if you wake up on your back. (Chances are you wont lie on your back long anyway, because it doesnt feel that good.)
Is sleeping on your back really so bad?
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21: Your dreams may get strange
Sex dreams, even orgasmic dreams, are surprisingly common during pregnancy. They can happen both to women who find pregnancy increases their sex drive and to women for whom pregnancy makes them feel less sexual. Either way, enjoy them while they last.
10 common pregnancy dreams decoded
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22: Get earplugs for your bedmate
Snoring is common in pregnancy, likely the result of sedated muscles. Try sleeping more on your side if youre not already and get anyone sleeping nearby some earplugs. If its waking you up at night, tell your care provider.
Ways to lessen loud snoring
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23: Indulge yourself
Pregnancy is a great time to indulge yourself. Most spa treatments are safe during pregnancy, but you can double check when you book. There are also some treatments specifically designed for pregnant womens skin and other needs.
Get an ultrasound ... at the spa?
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24: Get a massage
Some insurance companies cover prenatal massage, so be sure to see if yours does. Prenatal massage can help alleviate all kinds of aches and pains, as well as make you feel pampered and wonderful.
The pros to pregnancy massages
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25: Talk to other pregnant women
Pregnant women can sometimes feel stuck in the middle. Youre not yet a mother, but youre not a non-mother, either. This in-between feeling can be alienating, but its temporary. Talking to other pregnant women can help.
Join an online message board
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26: Avoid late-night "research"
It can be hard not to Google a diagnosis when you wake up worried about a new pregnancy symptom in the middle of the night. Remember that the internet is no substitute for a real life medical professional — and Dr. Internet can stir up some serious anxiety.
The dangers of Dr. Google
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27: Don't rush to buy everything at once
Youre probably starting to get a sense of the mountain of products available for babies and new parents. Dont feel compelled to buy everything you hear good things about, especially now. Youll understand your needs better once the baby is born!
The top 100 newborn essentials
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28: Resist the urge to be trendy
When shopping for maternity fashion, keep in mind that youll probably get more wear out of basics than trend pieces. And dont forget to factor in the inevitable stains from dropping food on your belly!
Pregnancy wardrobe staples
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29: Create unique keepsakes
For a fun keepsake, stand in the same position, wearing the same clothes, and photograph your belly at regular intervals in pregnancy. Then you can play the photos in sequence and see your belly grow!
6 more ways to document your pregnancy
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30: It's okay to be pregnancy-obsessed
At some point you may realize that you don't find anything that's not about pregnancy interesting. You may have to feign interest at work but dont feel bad about narrowing your focus otherwise; its a natural response to whats going on.
Channel your energy into organizing and nesting for your baby with this app!
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31: You're not a bad mother
Some women love being pregnant, others dont. Lots of women are somewhere in between. Its great if you love being pregnant, but realize if you dont, this doesnt have any bearing on your future abilities as a mother.
Why this mom didnt enjoy her pregnancy
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