Officially pregnant

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When I announced my second pregnancy at P&N (first to our esteemed editor in chief, Lacey, and then to the rest of the staff), I acquired a special status in the office. All at once, I was blogging at pnmag.com

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Baby builder

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A healthy diet is always a good idea, but it’s particularly pertinent when you’re growing a baby. The various vitamins and minerals you consume work together to ensure the bundle inside you develops and thrives. While the list of essentials

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Real talk

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If this is your first pregnancy rodeo, you’ve probably already discovered a few of the undisclosed aspects of growing a baby. After all, few people voluntarily strike up a conversation about the stray hairs cropping up on their chins or

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Taste the rainbow

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We’re learning more and more that optimal nutrition is not a black-and-white issue. In fact, it’s in your best interest to dine on a rainbow of foods in order to reap all the beneficial nutrients and antioxidants Mother Nature has

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Prepping for conception

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More often than not, the quest toward motherhood includes a few unplanned bumps, but for some women, the difficulties start with the first step: getting pregnant. If you’re having trouble conceiving, there can still be a happy ending in your

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Restrictive behaviors

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If you’ll be delivering baby in a hospital, there will likely be some rules and regulations by which you’ll have to abide. There might be a limit to the number of guests you can have in your room, a cap

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Mindful birthing

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Walking outside on a warm spring day, my insides constricted and pain radiated across my lower back. I closed my eyes and focused on the humid air as it made its way through my nostrils to the walls of my

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Sex ed

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“Do you know what you’re having?” It’s a question the expectant crowd grows accustomed to hearing again and again throughout pregnancy. While query-weary moms-to-be might be tempted to retort, “a human,” they could know the desired answer to the boy-or-girl

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10 things a dad should never do during labor

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As the dad of two beautiful girls, I write for the men who are embarking on this adventure for the first time. An expectant father may not be the star of the show when it comes to pushing a baby

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Nutrients in a nutshell

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Now that you’re eating for two, every bite counts, but simply piling your plate with a few more fruits and veggies isn’t going to cut it. “Expectant moms need only an extra 300 calories per day to provide for a

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Checkmate

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Congratulations—you’re pregnant! Now get out your calendar and pencil in those prenatal appointments. You might as well start now because you’ll be planning around your checkups for the next nine months or so. But don’t fret about the logistics—we’re here

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Checking in

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There are plenty of lists (even lists of lists—yes, we’re looking at you, Pinterest) that aim to run down every possible item you might want to have with you in the delivery room. But what’s really worth hauling to the

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Ready, set, relax

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Pregnancy is a time of joy, wonder … and stress. There’s a lot to do and worry about, and it would be almost impossible to skate through your baby-growing days without feeling a little anxiety somewhere along the line. “In

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Breathe easy

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Attention expectant mamas: If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, here’s the scoop—straight from the experts—on how carrying a growing babe could affect your symptoms. Risky business Past studies suggest women with asthma (especially those whose asthma isn’t well controlled) are

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Eat clean

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When pregnancy’s cravings strike, most expectant mamas reach for salty, sweet or sour foods like mini candy bars or boxed macaroni and cheese. And while there’s nothing wrong with indulging in these types of treats on occasion, nutritionists are quick

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On the double

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Are you still in “twin shock” after receiving the news? Or did you have an inkling that you might have two peas in your pod? Either way, you’re definitely not alone. The number of women giving birth to twins, triplets

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The tissue issue

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While moms expect an expanding belly, most don’t consider that housing a munchkin also packs a punch to the respiratory system. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD, founder of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, explains, “You can’t think of pregnancy

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Trimester specific fitness

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As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll want to adjust your workout accordingly to accommodate your changing and growing body. Personal trainer, prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist, and mom of one, Melissa Paris, shares the following tips for making the most of

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Prenatal workouts to try

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Prenatal yoga There’s a reason prenatal yoga is one of the most popular workouts for expectant mamas: It not only helps you to gain strength and flexibility, but it can also help you find calm during moments of stress, says

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Fit to deliver

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“You’ll never regret a workout.” That’s the mantra Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, 2016 Rio contender and mom of two, used to get herself into the pool during her most recent pregnancy. But even the winner of seven Olympic medals admits that

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Fishing for answers

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If you’re like most pregnant women, your sense of smell (and taste) has developed exponentially since you conceived. Foods you might have liked pre-bump now turn your stomach, and smells hit you like a brick wall. And for many women,

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Labor room lingo

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Fontanelle, episiotomy, meconium—oh my! With all that jargon spinning around in your head, you may feel like you’re back in grade school staring down a vocabulary quiz. And that’s not a distraction you need when you’re trying get a tiny

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Meet your match

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You’re about to spend a lot of time (and money!) with your maternity care provider. Not only should you feel comfortable meeting with her once a month, then biweekly, then weekly as you approach your due date, but you will

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A tale of two deliveries

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the delivery room. Approaching my first delivery, I tried to maintain as much control as possible. I scheduled an elective induction two weeks before my due

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Go pro

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If you’ve ever wondered how what you’re eating each day affects your babe-to-be, consider this: The protein in your diet is providing the building blocks for all of baby’s developing tissues. His organs, skin, hair and almost every cell need

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Love on the rocks

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When you have a wee one on the way, it’s easy (and fun!) to get caught up in all things baby. You’ve got tiny socks to launder, a mobile to hang in that half-finished nursery and a million other to-dos

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Take leave

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With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe —knowing when to head

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Bank on it

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As an expectant mom, you are constantly making decisions that will affect your babe-to-be’s future. One question that could potentially have the greatest impact on the health of your newborn—and family members—is whether to bank baby’s cord blood. This choice

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Appetite for energy

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Most moms-to-be are all too familiar with all-out energy drains—that exhausted feeling that breaks you down mentally to the point where the only activity you can fathom is watching TV with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s. While many people

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Five pregnancy mistakes you don’t have to make

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As any woman sporting a bump knows, there’s no end to the onslaught of pregnancy advice. But much of it doesn’t have a leg to stand on, and some can even be harmful to you and your baby. We’re here

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Mocked up

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Let’s be honest: Being the pregnant lady at the dinner party is not a lot of fun. As everyone else digs into the cheese plate and downs libations, you are likely left searching for a glass of ginger ale and

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Delivery room mythbuster

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When you’re wearing a baby belly, you tend to attract delivery room horror stories and cryptic warnings from oh-so-helpful strangers. What is reliable, and what’s really bull? We’ve stared down some of society’s most stringent delivery room myths. The myth:

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A long-distance affair

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When my husband and I were a young couple striking out on our own, the distance from our hometowns seemed temporary—an adventure, an experiment, a story about our wayfaring youth we would tell someday when we had made it back

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School of pain

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They don’t call it “labor” for nothing! The moments leading up to delivery require hard, painful work. Labor is tricky to predict or even describe because every woman’s birth experience is unique. And while it’s impossible to truly understand how

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Recipe for rest

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Going through your day in a zombie-like state? Well, misery loves company. Roughly 8 out of 10 women report periods of sleep disturbance during pregnancy, citing everything from being uncomfortable at night to feelings of anxiety to restless legs as

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Exhausted expectations

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Your pregnancy test comes back positive, and you feel on top of the world. But then fatigue strikes. Although you’ve likely read about it (along with cravings, morning sickness and all the other early pregnancy symptoms), you probably weren’t prepared

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Make due

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Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room

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Falling for smoothies

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When the right ingredients are whizzed together, a smoothie can flood the body with a cornucopia of must-have nutrients, many of which are vital for the healthiest nine months possible. And when that baby bump is disrupting your appetite for

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Breastfeeding and the ACA

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No matter your insurance, tucked away within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a clause that is revolutionizing breastfeeding for new and expectant mothers. Now more than ever you have support and services at your disposal, and it can change

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Bump into action

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If you are new to the pregnancy game, your mind is likely being pulled in a million directions at once. You’re blissfully imagining a beautiful babe in your arms while at the same time panicking about everything from weight gain

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Food + your mood

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When you’re pregnant, your body undergoes immense changes—and so does your mood. You may be over the moon about impending mamahood one day and a bump-bearing basket case the next. Keeping your emotions under control at all times is next

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An inconvenient truth

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When Roslyn Jin was pregnant with her second child, she thought long and hard about the best way to give birth. The mother of two in Ontario, Canada, had a less-than-ideal first birthing experience, which began spontaneously but ended in

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Break the swell

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It starts with your feet. All of a sudden, they don’t fit into the shoes you wore comfortably last week. But then your hands and face start to feel puffy, too. Off comes the wedding ring that’s growing tighter by

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Childbirth 101

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Ideally, all pregnancy roads lead to the same destination: an uncomplicated birth and a healthy baby. But there are many paths through labor and delivery, each offering its own tools for overcoming the pain, anxiety and other hurdles you might

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Clamp down

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You’ve been dreaming about this moment for the past nine months or longer—your little one is finally here! But after the hard work of delivery is done and before you bask in newborn bliss, there’s one more piece of the

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Special order

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With the exception of occasionally indulging in cravings for foods like ice cream and pizza, most moms-to-be try to eat nutritiously throughout pregnancy. But a healthy diet means different things to different people. For Angela Liddon, mom-to-be in Ontario, Canada,

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I think I’ll have another!

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When I became pregnant with my second child, I felt confident I’d be an old pro at baby-baking. I knew what I was in for when it came to morning sickness (ahem, all day sickness). I was familiar with the

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Decoding one-a-days

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If you are expecting, your healthcare provider has likely already stressed how important it is to take prenatal vitamins throughout your pregnancy. But reading labels at your local pharmacy is kind of like trying to understand a foreign language: You’ve

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Going the full 40

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You’ve been pregnant for what seems like forever. Heartburn haunts your days and nights, your feet are starting to resemble overstuffed sausages, your once roomy maternity duds are bursting at the seams, and sleep has long since abandoned you. What’s

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The no-guilt epidural

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Labor hurts. However, there is a way to avoid at least some of the pain associated with childbirth: the trusty epidural. It’s a pain relief method that is widely used here in the U.S.—in fact, it’s estimated that more than

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