Tag Archives: prenatal care

Try, try again

Now that your firstborn is getting older and you feel like you have gotten the hang of motherhood (finally!), you might be ready to expand your family once again. But, after months of negative pregnancy tests, you begin to wonder: … Continue reading

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Prenatal test prep

If you’re expecting, prepare to be the center of some major medical attention. There will be lots of tests (more than you took in high school!), and you’ll clock serious face-time with your health care provider. But it doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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Girly bits cheat sheet

Your female anatomy is, of course, a physical part of you, but you’re probably not as familiar with it as, say, your eyes or your feet. Maybe that’s because it can literally be a pain in the neck to see … Continue reading

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Not your mama’s pregnancy

My mom is amazing. She delivered five healthy babies, one of them naturally (me!), and breastfed every one of us. She believes that motherhood is a lifelong calling (she’s right), and she continues to be a loving, capable mom and … Continue reading

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In active pursuit of shuteye

Have you wondered why, oh why an exhausted baby-grower like yourself can’t catch a wink of sleep past 4 a.m.? Or maybe your whacked-out internal thermostat has hit a thousand degrees, making you feel like a hot mess with no … Continue reading

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Big gulp

Hydration station Good ol’ H2O might not taste like much, but it does a lot for your hardworking body and goes a long way toward having a healthy pregnancy. For starters, it … Helps your body absorb nutrients (yes, even … Continue reading

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The first trimester blues

Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading

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Handy how-to: Manage pelvic pain

If you’re in your final weeks of pregnancy, you’re probably feeling the annoying ouch your doc calls “round ligament pain.” Take heart that it’s a normal part of bump-hood and a common complaint among expectant mamas. (So you’re not the … Continue reading

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Eat your fill

What women eat while pregnant—and even beforehand, as early as age 10—has a significant impact on the health of the next generation, confirms a study published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics. In addition to consuming a varied … Continue reading

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A well-oiled machine

“Essential oils can offer gentle and effective treatments for common issues in pregnancy, like morning sickness, muscle aches and pain, and aid in relaxation,” says Demetria Clark, director of Heart of Herbs and author of Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for … Continue reading

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Your pregnancy tune-up

This baby thing is really happening, and you’re in it for the 40-week long haul. Maybe you were perfectly prepared before the test pointed positive, or maybe you’re like the rest of us and could use a tuneup to get … Continue reading

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What lies ahead

We’ve laid it all out—every step of your 40-week trek, so you can know what’s going on inside your barely there (or hard-to-miss) bump. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, get excited for the many changes to come. Note: Don’t fret … Continue reading

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Party poppers

Just like the end-of-year holiday marathon, childbirth is action-packed, labor-intensive and messy. As if planning parties, preparing epic feasts and trekking through crowded shopping centers weren’t enough, some moms-to-be are managing the additional stresses and demands of a third-trimester pregnancy … Continue reading

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Can you keep a secret?

Making a baby has some seriously unsexy side effects—stuff so unpleasant, even your closest girlfriends have probably kept their lips zipped. Celebrity mags have tricked you into thinking pregnancy is definitively glamorous, but the paparazzi aren’t there when celebs are … Continue reading

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Sleep tight

Your newest family member will keep you awake long before she makes her grand entrance. For many pregnant women, catching a good night’s sleep can seem utterly unfeasible. Hormones make you hot, getting comfortable is an Olympic feat and just … Continue reading

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Officially pregnant

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 … Continue reading

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Prepping for conception

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 … Continue reading

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Checkmate

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 … Continue reading

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Fit to deliver

“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 … Continue reading

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Meet your match

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 … Continue reading

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Exhausted expectations

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 … Continue reading

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Break the swell

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 … Continue reading

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The road ahead

Your entire body is changing during the days between conception and delivery, and it certainly won’t go unnoticed. You’ll undoubtedly see your midsection expanding, but you’ll also experience a wide variety of other symptoms that let you know you’re successfully creating … Continue reading

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Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Month

One of the most prevalent neurological disorders in the world is also among the most puzzling: there’s no known cause, no known test, and no known cure for autism. In fact, the condition can’t even be pinned down as a … Continue reading

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Week 16: Change up

As happy as Tom and I have been about the soon-coming arrival of a new little one there has been one rain cloud in the whole matter. My dearly beloved midwife, Diane, (without whom I’m certain Jacob would still be … Continue reading

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Have you heard about genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and family implications of genetic conditions. Why is it necessary and who should consider it? Some parents are referred for genetic counseling after genetic testing … Continue reading

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Positively pregnant

Your entire world is about to switch directions: You’re going to be a mom. Here’s what you need to do to get ready for the next nine months and beyond. Out with the old There are a few habits that … Continue reading

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Get it right

Every expectant mom tries to do what’s best for the growing baby inside her, but with all the different guidelines and opinions floating around the webosphere, knowing what’s right can be confusing. The best rule of thumb: Talk to your … Continue reading

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Liquid assets

We all know that drinking water is a good idea, but most of us don’t follow the “8×8 rule” religiously. When you find yourself expecting though, it’s time to start slurping —staying hydrated is a matter of utmost importance. Invest … Continue reading

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