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1: Your priorities are changing
Has your time with non-pregnant friends seemed different lately? Youre in a different place with different interests. But dont worry too much about the future of your friendships. Your focus will probably broaden again at some point after the babys born!
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2: Avoid fear mongers
Tell people that you're trying to avoid horror stories about birth or being a parent if you are, indeed, trying to avoid horror stories about birth or being a parent. Honesty is good. Fear-mongering is not.
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3: Get help if you're experiencing body issues
Eating disorders may (temporarily) resolve in pregnancy, but they can also become more pronounced. Dieting in pregnancy is very risky for the pregnancy and the baby. Seek help if you find that you are obsessing about weight.
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4: Be active
An exercise class specifically for pregnant mothers can be a great way to stay fit safely. Plus, the regular schedule can keep you motivated — and maybe youll meet some pregnant friends.
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5: Take a dip in the pool
Swimming or low-risk water sports (not scuba diving) are highly beneficial in pregnancy. The buoyancy of the water can be liberating when youre carrying extra weight. Regular water workouts are good for improving sleep and overall health.
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6: Try prenatal Pilates
Prenatal Pilates are a great way to keep your core strong as your belly grows. Strengthening your abdominals safely now will help your body return to form after the baby is born.
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7: Try prenatal yoga
Prenatal yoga is one of the best things you can do to stay fit and centered during pregnancy. If you cant find a good class near you, there are lots of good DVDs available.
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8: Remember, you're not fat
Pregnant is not fat, but it feels that way sometimes. The weight gain that comes along with a normal pregnancy can be hard to reconcile with a lifetime of trying to keep weight off. Remember that your body is meant to get bigger now!
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9: Try to avoid the celeb comparisons
Its awesome that we now have the freedom to be seen as sexy during pregnancy. But there can be pressure, too. Try to avoid comparing yourself to perfectly primped celebrities and look at real-life pregnancy role models instead.
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10: Groom as you see fit
The idea that motherhood inevitably means 'letting yourself go" strikes fear in many womens hearts. Its true that some women make beauty a slightly lower priority when they have babies. But that doesnt mean you have to or that its a permanent change. Groom as you see fit!
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11: Try compression pantyhose
Varicose and spider veins can appear in pregnancy due to some combination of genetics and hormones. Theyre not dangerous and will likely recede post-birth. If youre worried, there are special compression pantyhose that may help prevent or minimize them.
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12: Look in your pantry before your medicine cabinet
Looking for a natural, effective skin moisturizer without any harmful chemicals? You may already have some on your pantry shelf. Extra-virgin coconut oil is a great hydrator.
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13: Bloody gums and noses are common
Bloody gums and bloody noses are common in pregnancy for a number of reasons. Mostly this just means lots of laundry. But check in with your dentist, as pregnant woman are vulnerable to gum disease, which has lasting repercussions.
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14: Opt for natural remedies when you can
Looking for a pregnancy-safe teeth whitener? Try strawberries. Mix some into a paste with baking soda and leave on your teeth for 5 minutes. Use occasionally, not frequently, to avoid wear on your enamel.
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15: Get calcium
You need calcium in pregnancy to build strong bones for your baby. Milk products are a great source, but there are non-dairy sources too: spinach and other greens, almonds, and salmon are all high in calcium.
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16: Make cravings healthy when you can
Craving ice cream but want more nutrition? Try whole-milk yogurt with honey, blueberries, and walnuts. Or just pour some on a sundae youll get antioxidants and Omega-3s with that!
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17: Have fun with mocktails
For a fun mocktail, try a fauxjito: muddle some mint and sugar with the juice of two limes then fill the glass with sparkling water. Youll hardly miss the rum!
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18: Treat yourself to accessories
Miss the fun of shopping for yourself but don't want to waste money on temporary clothes? Pregnancy is a great time to stock up on interesting jewelry.
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19: Don't get new glasses just yet
The hormones and fluid balance of your body during pregnancy can change your vision temporarily. This change is rarely dramatic, so it means pregnancy is not the best time to get new glasses or contact lenses.
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20: Try to forgo stilettos
Wearing high heels during pregnancy is hazardous, as your ligaments and bones are much looser now, and your center of gravity has shifted. Big falls are more likely but entirely avoidable by opting for lower-heeled shoes.
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21: Be clear about what you like and don't like
Some women love having their bellies touched, others find it offensive. Be clear with people either way, this is your body, your belly!
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22: Take others' opinions with a grain of salt
Some women carry like basketballs while others seem to expand everywhere. Dont let people tell you this has anything to do with the sex of your baby. Its genetic.
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23: Boy, girl, or surprise?
Finding out the sex of your baby is actually easier these days than not finding out. If you choose not to find out, it can be a wonderful surprise. Just let ultrasound technicians know about your preference right away.
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24: The due date is not exact
Remember that term is anywhere from 37-42 weeks. Start to expand your idea about when the baby will be born. Only 5% of women give birth on their due dates.
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25: Consider a doula
Its still a ways off, but if youre thinking about trying for an un-medicated birth, you may want to consider hiring a professional labor support doula soon. Doula support has been shown to reduce the number of medical interventions used in labor.
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26: A little freaking out is normal
If you find yourself feeling freaked out by babies or baby stuff, dont worry. This is a common reaction to the stress of the life change before you. It doesnt mean youll be freaked out by your own baby!
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27: Be honest about your fears
Talk openly about your fears and encourage your partner to do the same. This can be a time of great change and confusion; you dont have to know everything already. In fact, the more youre open to learning, the more confident youll become.
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28: Show your partner some love
Sometimes it can be hard to connect with your partner in pregnancy because you're busy connecting with your growing baby. Try to remember to reach out to the guy next to you, too.
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29: It's normal to judge
Do you notice yourself judging the way people parent? Its okay to think youre going to do it better in fact, this may be one of the ways expecting parents manage anxiety about the task ahead! Just try to avoid judging other parents to their faces.
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30: Check with your doctor before flying
Most airlines will let you travel pregnant up to about 36 weeks, just before term (which is at 37 weeks). This is not heavily enforced, but its advisable to check with your care provider about traveling near or after 37 weeks.
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31: Pregnancy isn't an illness
Pregnant women are not sick, but it can feel that way with all the check-ups and pregnancy symptoms. Pregnancy and birth are perfectly normal physiological events. Sometimes its reassuring to remember this
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