Category Pregnancy

Second Trimester Symptoms

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Second Trimester Symptoms

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First Trimester Symptoms

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First Trimester Symptoms

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Pregnancy Gifts Shopping Guide

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Pregnancy Gifts Shopping Guide

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Your Changing Body: Trimester by Trimester

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Head-to-toe changes you may not expect when you’re expecting

Many first-time pregnant women think they know about the physical changes that accompany pregnancy, almost all of which they anticipate happening somewhere in the vicinity of their belly button. They expect to feel nauseated, to want to eat a lot, and to go to the bathroom with nearly comic frequency. All of these make a certain kind of sense, since they have something to do with the area where the baby is growing.

During my first trimester, however, I found myself out of breath after only a short walk. I didn’t think it had anything to do with my pregnancy; after all, I wasn’t even showing...

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Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

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Healthy nutrition for you equals healthy nutrition for baby

“Eating for two” during pregnancy doesn’t mean you should gorge on doughnuts and chips. It means what you eat affects the health of both you and baby. Maintaining proper nutrition during pregnancy can help keep you energized through all three trimesters, and it can give your growing baby the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and proteins to develop correctly. Eating a little junk food now and then will not harm you and your baby, but you don’t want to get all of your daily calories from foods high in fat and low in nutrients.

What to eat

  • Fruits and veggies: When planning your meals and snacks, think fresh and colorful. Browse the produce section in your grocery store for inspiration...
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Mangia, Mama!

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Mangia, Mama!

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The Vegetarian Mom

No meat? No problem. With good planning, vegetarians can easily meet nutritional requirements while pregnant and nursing. “It’s the nutritive quality of a mother’s foods, not the original source of each nutrient, that makes the difference in a baby’s health,” says Holly Roberts, M.D., a San Francisco-based ob/gyn and author of Your Vegetarian Pregnancy. Assess your diet to make sure you’re meeting the recommended dietary allowances (ask your doctor for a list or find them in Roberts’s book). The steps below can help you overcome some common challenges:

Mix it up. Vary foods daily so that trace minerals and nutrients you don’t consume one day will be consumed later that week.

Take prenatal vitamins. Supplements help pick up the slack where your diet falls short, says Robe...

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Avocados and Folic Acid

 Holy guacamole! If you thought avocados were only good for chip dip, think again. Packed with folic acid and heart-healthy fat, consider the avocado a wonder fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) for expectant moms and babies alike.

Moms-to-be:

Avocados contain more folate per ounce than any other fruit, with 45 micrograms per half cup. That’s good news because folate (also called folic acid) is a key prenatal nutrient which produces and maintains new cells. Getting enough of it during your first trimester is essential because your baby’s central nervous system (including the brain and spinal cord) forms during this time, explains Joseph Hersh, M.D...

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