Pregnant woman doing some weight training

Pregnancy Workout

One of the best things you can do for yourself during pregnancy is to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. This can include anything from seeing your healthcare professional regularly…

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Pregnant women taking prenatal yoga classes

Prenatal Yoga

During your pregnancy your body goes through many changes, which creates stress on you mentally and physically. A way to maintain a healthy mind and body is prenatal yoga. Prenatal…

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nausea during pregnancy

Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea during pregnancy is typically one of the most experienced and complained about symptoms that women report. Up to 70 percent of expectant mothers experience nausea at some point during…

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Diet during pregnancy

Diet During Pregnancy

What does diet during pregnancy mean? When we refer to diet during pregnancy, we are not speaking about restricting calories or trying to lose weight. Dieting to lose weight during…

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exercise during pregnancy

Exercise During Pregnancy

There are usually many questions that come to mind when planning how to exercise during pregnancy. Physical exercise is bodily activity that improves or maintains physical fitness and overall health…

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gas during pregnancy

Gas During Pregnancy

Gas during pregnancy is a frequent occurrence, which also means that gas during pregnancy is a common concern. The typical person will pass gas approximately 18 times a day. The…

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Omega three fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids: FAQs

When it comes to omega 3 fatty acids, many people have lots of questions. The good news is there are answers to your omega 3 fatty acid questions. Scientific research…

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Pregnant mother taking vitamin d

Vitamin D and Pregnancy

Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin from a group of fat-soluble pro hormones. Vitamin D and pregnancy are important together. Expecting mothers need to make sure that the get the…

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Keepsake Sonogram

Keepsake Ultrasounds or Sonograms

  In most major cities across the country, commercial keepsake ultrasound services are opening, offering to give families a sneak preview of their growing baby. Although these services might create…

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of…

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Pregnant woman reviewing her x-ray

X-Rays During Pregnancy

You may have heard that getting an x-ray during pregnancy can harm your baby. This can be true, but in some cases not getting an x-ray can harm you  more than it…

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Pregnant woman having dental work done

Pregnancy and Dental Work

Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended. The rise in hormone levels…

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CAT Scans and Pregnancy

A CAT scan is a common name for the imaging procedure called a computed axial tomography scan. A CAT scan procedure uses a computer to combine several x-ray images to…

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Tattoos during pregnancy

Tattoos When Pregnant

Maybe you’ve thought of remembering this special time in your life with a tattoo, or maybe you have concerns about existing tattoos when pregnant. More than anything you want everything to be…

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Piercing and Pregnancy

Piercing and Pregnancy

  The following piercing and pregnancy information will help you care for the piercings you already have and can help you make an informed decision  about any piercing while pregnant…

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Perfume and pregnancy

Perfume and Pregnancy

  Perfume and Pregnancy: Starting Fragrance-Free Pregnancy has given you a natural glow. Now it’s time to find a scent that will reflect the beautiful, pregnant YOU! Though it’s safe…

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Paint and Pregnancy

Paint and Pregnancy

  There are basically three categories of paint which pregnant women could be exposed to: latex, oil, and enamel. The degree of toxicity during pregnancy is challenging to predict because…

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Tanning during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Tanning

Pregnancy and tanning questions are sure to follow as the weather warms. As soon as summer is here, shorts, sundresses, and sleeveless tops make their grand entrance into the wardrobe,…

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Man and woman considering sex during pregnancy

Sex and Pregnancy

  It is common for couples to wonder whether sex and pregnancy are safe together. Unless your health care provider advises you otherwise, sex during pregnancy is safe for both you…

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Roller Coasters during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Roller Coasters

For many people, the reason to go to an amusement park is to ride a roller coaster. Unfortunately, for women who are pregnant, this is an activity that is not…

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Hot tubs during pregnancy

Pregnant in a Hot Tub

For many pregnant women, sitting in a hot tub sounds like a great way to ease muscle aches related to pregnancy. It is important to use caution when choosing a…

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Is it Ok to fly during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Travel

There are few pregnancy and travel related concerns; however, the information below is provided to help make your trip the safest and most comfortable it can be. Pregnancy and Travel: Can you…

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Saunas and pregnancy

Pregnancy and Saunas

For many pregnant women, sitting in a sauna sounds like a great way to ease muscle aches related to pregnancy. It is important to use caution when choosing a sauna for relaxation and…

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Recreation and Pregnancy

  When you discover that you are pregnant, you start asking questions about which activities are safe. Vacation, hobbies, exercise and everyday activities have always been a part of your…

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Amusement parks and pregnancy

Pregnancy and Amusement Parks

For many people, summer is the time to go to an amusement park and enjoy the sun while riding roller coasters and other exciting thrill rides. Unfortunately, for women who are pregnant,…

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Pesticides and pregnancy

Pesticides and Pregnancy

Pesticides and pregnancy lead to several questions and for good reason. Significant exposure to pesticides is a concern for adults, children and particularly expectant mothers. Garden insects, fleas, mosquitoes, ants…

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Cleaning and Pregnancy

Cleaning and Pregnancy

Unfortunately ladies, most products are safe to use for cleaning during pregnancy. Yes, even bleach. So you don’t have to call a maid to do the household cleaning unless you want to. However,…

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Acne During Pregnancy

During pregnancy elevated hormone levels can bring a variety of skin changes, which makes acne and pregnancy a common complaint. Acne can be treated by a dermatologist in non-pregnant women…

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Pregnancy and pica cravings

Pregnancy and Pica

Pica is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. Most pregnancy and pica related cravings involve non-food substances such as dirt or chalk. The word pica is Latin for…

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Mercury Levels in Sushi

Most women who are pregnant or wishing to become pregnant have heard the warnings about eating sushi. There are risks to pregnant women due to certain bacteria and increased exposure to mercury….

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Mercury Levels in Fish

We know that fish can be very nutritious and are packed with great nutrients such as omega-3’s, the B vitamins and lean protein. But unfortunately, fish can also have some unhealthy…

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Caffeine and Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants in America, which makes caffeine and pregnancy related concerns common too.  If you are pregnant, you might need to reduce your daily…

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Artificial sweeteners and pregnancy

Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition during pregnancy.  One of these concerns is regarding artificial sweeteners and pregnancy. Should these sweeteners be used during pregnancy. Many…

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Pregnancy and Mood swings

Mood Swings During Pregnancy

  If you are pregnant or are supporting someone through pregnancy, you probably have had some experience with mood swings. You are not alone; mood swings during pregnancy are common. You may…

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Depression during pregnancy

Depression in Pregnancy

  Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times of a woman’s life, but for many women this is a time of confusion, fear, sadness, stress, and even depression. According…

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Prenatal Massage

Massage and Pregnancy – Prenatal Massage

Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Massage and pregnancy has often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding the safety…

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Pregnancy and Physical therapy

Pregnancy and Physical Therapy

Physical therapy during pregnancy can prove to be useful for remedying common discomforts like back pain or for enhancing your body’s ability to have an easier and smoother pregnancy and…

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Exercise warning signs

Exercise Warning Signs

Exercise during pregnancy is considered a normal and healthy part of care. More than likely your health care provider will have you continue with routines you are involved with or…

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Pregnancy and Exercise

Exercise and Pregnancy

Before you begin exercising, remember that it is important to talk to your health care provider. If you are already exercising, you will probably be able to keep up with your routine…

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Exercise guidelines

Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines

If you have been following a regular exercise program prior to your pregnancy, you should be able to maintain that program to some degree throughout your pregnancy. Exercise does not…

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Effects of exercise on pregnancy

Effects of Exercise on Pregnancy

  Effects of Exercise on Pregnancy: Positive Exercise during pregnancy helps to alleviate many of the common problems of pregnancy. It improves circulation (which helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins,…

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Vaginal discharge during pregnancy

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

When you become pregnant your body undergoes a variety of changes.  One of the first changes you may experience is in your vaginal discharge.  It is important that you are…

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Prenatal Vitamin Limits

Vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and folic acid are vital for proper fetal growth, development, and healthy adult living. To help increase your chances of creating a healthy and nutritious…

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Swelling during pregnancy

Swelling During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy that is caused by this…

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pregnancy nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition

Without a doubt, a nutritious, well-balanced eating plan can be one of the greatest gifts you give to your soon-to-be-born baby. Pregnancy nutrition is essential to a healthy baby. Ideally, adopting…

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Pregnant woman sleeping on her side

Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

During pregnancy you may find yourself wrestling in bed trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleeping positions may no longer work for you during pregnancy. There are a number…

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skin changes during pregnancy

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

  Now that you are pregnant, you may begin to see many changes to your skin. You may see changes such as a sudden new glow on your face or pinkish, reddish…

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sciatic nerve pain and pregnancy

Pregnancy and Sciatic Nerve Pain

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, providing sensory and motor function to the lower extremities. This nerve provides sensation to the back of the thigh, lower part of…

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Herbs and Pregnancy

Although medicine has replaced most natural supplements with a synthetic substitute, there are many who still look to natural herbs and vitamins to provide essential nutrition to pregnant women as well as…

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Round Ligament Pain

Round ligament pain is most common during the second trimester. Women may have a sharp pain in their abdomen or hip area that is either on one side or both. Some women…

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Herbal teas and pregnancy

Herbal Tea and Pregnancy

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional…

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Migraines during pregnancy

Migraines During Pregnancy

Migraine headaches are different from stress or tension headaches.  Migraine headaches are a type of vascular headache that is a result from blood vessels dilating in the brain. Migraine headaches are…

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Folic acid foods

Folic Acid

Folic acid is used to make the extra blood your body needs during pregnancy. All women of childbearing age should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. When should I start…

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leg cramps during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Leg Cramps

  It is not uncommon to experience leg cramps during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. According to Danforth’s Obstetrics and Gynecology, almost half of all pregnant women suffer from muscle spasms in…

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Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins consist of a variety of vitamins and minerals that help you baby get the nutrients that are essential for healthy development.  During pregnancy, a woman’s daily intake requirements…

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Omega 3 fatty acids

Omega-3 Fish Oil and Pregnancy

Scientific research is constantly expanding our knowledge of nutritional needs in pregnancy. Among the most recent developments in this field, is the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in both the…

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hemorrhoids during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids

Unfortunately, hemorrhoids during pregnancy are common. Hemorrhoids are varicose (swollen) veins of the rectum and are usually painful.  They most often appear during the third trimester. What causes hemorrhoids during pregnancy?…

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Heartburn during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Heartburn

Heartburn is a common complaint during pregnancy. Although it has nothing to do with the heart, heartburn involves a burning sensation in the center of the chest. What causes heartburn during pregnancy?…

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Deli Meat During Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Eating well balanced meals is important at all times, but it is even more essential when you are pregnant. There are essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your developing baby needs. Most…

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Pregnant woman with a headache

Pregnancy and Headaches

Experiencing headaches during pregnancy is one of the most common discomforts and complaints. Headaches may occur at any time during your pregnancy, but they tend to be most common during the first and…

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pregnancy nutrients and vitamins

Nutrients & Vitamins For Pregnancy

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant women should have a diet that consists of a variety foods including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats. From these you…

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hair loss during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Approximately 90% of your hair is growing at any one time, while the other 10% enter a resting phase. Every two to three months the resting hair falls out and allows new…

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weight gain during pregnancy

Pregnancy Weight Gain

  In May 2009, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) made changes to the guidelines concerning pregnancy weight gain. The last recommendations had been released in 1990 and many things have changed since then…

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Eating for two

Eating for Two When Over/ or Under Weight

  Weight gain during pregnancy helps your baby grow. Gaining weight at a steady rate within recommended boundaries can also lower your chances of having hemorrhoids, varicose veins, stretch marks, backache, fatigue, indigestion,…

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Dizziness during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Dizziness

Dizziness or feeling faint is a normal symptom during pregnancy. It is more common in the first trimester, but it may also be prevalent throughout your pregnancy. What causes dizziness during pregnancy?…

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constipation during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Constipation

Constipation occurs when there is abdominal pain or discomfort, difficult and infrequent bowel movements, and the passage of hard stools. Unfortunately, constipation affects approximately half of all women at some point during their…

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Woman experiencing breast changes during her pregnancy

Breast Changes During Pregnancy

  From the beginning of your pregnancy, there are breasts changes you should expect. These breast changes are normal because they are evolving and preparing for the arrival of your…

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Pregnancy and eating disorders

Pregnancy and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect approximately seven million American women each year and tend to peak during childbearing years. Pregnancy is a time when body image concerns are more prevalent, and for those who are…

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alcohol and pregnancy

Pregnancy and Alcohol

When you consume alcohol during pregnancy, so does your baby because alcohol passes freely through the placenta to your baby. If you choose to drink alcohol while you are pregnant, you will…

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back pain during pregnancy

Back Pain During Pregnancy

Back pain or discomfort is common during pregnancy and should be expected to some degree by most women. Back pain may be experienced during any point of your pregnancy; however, it most commonly…

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Smoking during pregnancy

Smoking During Pregnancy

  Pregnancy is a great time for you to quit smoking. You will feel better and have more energy to go through your pregnancy. You will also reduce your risks of future…

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drinking caffeine during pregnancy

Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of the most loved stimulants in America! But now that you are pregnant, you may need to lighten up on the daily intake of your favorite drinks…

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Pregnant woman with morning sickness

Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy, and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy. It can occur at anytime of the day, and for most…

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