15 Amazing Facts About Your Pregnant Body
Your baby grows from the size of a pinhead to the baby boy or girl you deliver in just 40 weeks. Your body is designed for this, but it helps to be prepared for some of the less-well-known changes you’ll experience. Here are 15 amazing ways in your body will change, and suggestions for dealing with them.
Making Sense of Morning Sickness
The nausea and vomiting that often accompanies the first trimester of pregnancy may be called “morning sickness,” but the name is misleading; while it’s often worse in the morning, it can arrive at any time of the day and last all day and into the night.
The Benefits of Natural Childbirth.
While every expectant mother needs to choose the delivery with which she is most comfortable, there are a number of benefits that natural childbirth offers.
Work, Home and Pregnancy: Finding a Balance.
Balancing work, pregnancy and home life can be challenging and stressful. And that doesn’t change after the baby arrives. Just ask a mom.
Making Your Job Work When You’re Expecting
Many women find themselves working through a pregnancy. If you’re one of them, you want to continue to perform at a high level while taking the best possible care of yourself and your little one. Here are some tips to help you accomplish both goals.
Pamper Your Pregnant Self!
Being pregnant is hard work. You might have that gorgeous pregnancy glow on the outside, but some days the typical pregnancy symptoms can leave you feeling less than lovely on the inside.
A Happy, Healthy Pregnancy
There are few stages in a woman’s life more exciting — or daunting — than pregnancy. Here are some tips to help ensure a safe and happy pregnancy and give your child a healthy foundation.
Doctor or Midwife
As soon as you decide to try to conceive, you'll want to start looking for a practitioner to care for you during pregnancy and the birth of your baby.
Having a Healthy Happy Winter Pregnancy
Exercise is always important for women — for bone strength, stress, energy levels and more — but the combination of pregnancy and winter weather can hinder your motivation.
Midwife or Doula...or Both?
While the traditional image of childbirth has a doctor in the delivery room, nearly one in every ten babies in the U.S. today are delivered by a Certified Nurse Midwife. And many births are assisted by the presence of a birth coach, or doula. Midwives and doulas are often sought after by expectant mothers looking for a more individualized birth experience, but very few understand the difference between the two roles.
Keeping the Holidays Healthy
The holidays are upon us...the time of year when overeating is part of the tradition. But with a little pre-planning and a commitment to staying on course, this holiday season can be a healthier one. Here are some tips to keep you focused.
Boosting Your Energy Levels
It's 11 a.m. and you're already on your third cup of coffee, waiting for the caffeine to kick in. Afternoon rolls around, and all you want is a nap. We've all had days like this. Women now are busier than ever, and seldom get that ideal eight hours of sleep. But follow these four tips, and you'll have more energy to get you through whatever your day brings.
Improving Memory And Staying Sharp As You Age
As you age, you may notice some changes in your thinking abilities. Maybe you frequently misplace your keys on your way out the door to grab lunch with girlfriends, or maybe you often can't remember what you walked into the other room to do. Maybe you have trouble coming up with that certain word you are looking for during a conversation at work.
Starting the Second Chapter
Most women are familiar with menopause. But less well-known is perimenopause, the time between a woman's reproductive years and the onset of menopause. Marked by hormonal changes, it can last anywhere from a matter of months to ten years, with an average length of four years.
Fitness, Food and Pregnancy
If fitness has always been important to you, there's no reason that should change during pregnancy. And if you're not someone who exercises regularly, there are advantages to becoming active while you're pregnant. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate daily exercise during pregnancy, with approval from your physician.
Holiday Health for Women
Staying healthy as the year winds down and the holidays approach can make the difference between enjoying this special season and simply enduring it. Here are six tips for good holiday health.