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Six Sunscreen Rules to Follow When You’re Pregnant

Summer after sunny summer, you’ve been the model of sun protection. Right? But now that you’re pregnant (congrats!), shielding yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet, or UV, rays is more important than ever. Your body’s pigment-producing cells (called melanocytes) kick into overdrive during pregnancy, making your skin more susceptible to UV-induced discoloration.

Your Favorite BBQ Recipes, Made A Lot Healthier

Grilled Fruit Salad with Banana Ice Cream

Grilling sun-kissed fruits supercharges their natural sweetness, making them the stars of this dessert. They also supply vitamin C, which aids in Baby’s brain development. First trimester bonus: The potassium in bananas helps quell morning sickness. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Potato Kale Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Kale brings vitamins A, C and K to the carb-bomb that is traditional potato salad. Beyond bolstering your immunity and digestive health, probiotics in yogurt can slash the risk for preeclampsia by about 20 percent, according to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Sauce

Burgers are a summertime mainstay, and there’s nothing fishy about swapping out the traditional ground beef patties for ones made with omega-3- packed salmon. Studies show that this nutritional hero may decrease the risk of prenatal and postpartum depression. Plus, slathering on the punchy avocado sauce adds a dose of folate, a B vitamin that protects against birth defects. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

Crispy Thai Slaw with Curry Dressing

Rather than spooning out a mayo-heavy and calorie-laden packaged slaw, try this easy, spicy-sour Asian rendition. A cornucopia of crunchy vegetables provides fiber to squash unhealthy cravings and keep things moving. Recipe by Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.

5 New Rules About Employment Discrimination During (and After) Pregnancy

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidelines on pregnancy discrimination for the first time since 1983 to help guide pregnancy-related policies in the workplace. Here’s a look at some of the new measures, and what they mean for you.

4 Pregnancy-Friendly Essential Oils

While essential oils can promote healing and ease anxiety, you’re right to approach ‘em with hesitation during pregnancy. "Avoid oils that say 'moving oil' on the label," says Kecia Gaither, M.D., vice chairman and director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. These oils promote circulation—great for most women—but during pregnancy, they can also lead to preterm contractions and preterm labor.

Can a Blood Test Predict Miscarriage?

New research suggests that a simple blood test may reveal a woman’s risk of miscarriage—an important first step in prevention.

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