Sleep during pregnancy is full of irony—you're waddling around so tired you feel like you're sleepwalking all day, but when you finally hit the sack, you find yourself playing a very un-fun game of watch-the-clock-strike-various-early-morning-hours. “Rest truly contributes to a healthy pregnancy and delivery, but it's often disrupted when expecting,” says Catherine Darley, N.D., founder of the Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle.
You hope Baby has your hubby’s eyes and your warm smile, but there are some traits you may not want to pass along. If you suffer from high cholesterol before pregnancy, your child may be three times more likely to develop the same condition later in life, suggests research presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Conference. Try these tactics to lower your cholesterol, no matter how far along you are:
Pregnant women have tons of demands on their time and energy, not the least of which is work.
Even if you just landed in Los Angeles’ Milk Studios from the moon, you’d realize one thing immediately: Alyssa Milano, radiant in her second trimester, is no rookie to pregnancy. Her megawatt Samantha Micelli grin is as genuine as ever. Yet now she’s the wise, efficient and utterly smitten mom of Milo, who turns 3 this August.
Patriotic baby names are rich with cultural significance, and many American names are rising the ranks when it comes to popularity, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration. Whether you're having a Fourth of July baby, or you're just a history buff, these names, courtesy of Nameberry.com, are worth saluting.
It turns out that the most popular sporting event of the summer also features some pretty popular baby boy names. We compared the names of popular soccer players to the latest baby name data published by the Social Security Adminstration, and found that plenty of players have names that rose in popularity from 2012 to 2013.
Pregnancy is a magical time for a woman. But it's also a time of bodily changes, awkwardness and discomfort. Why would you want to pile on more awkwardness by saying something foolish? That's right, you wouldn't. So read on and learn the nine things that you should never, ever say to a pregnant woman.
"You look like you're about to pop!" No woman wants to hear this. You might as well tell her she's a hippo.
If you’ve ever bolted for the bathroom because your husband’s cologne—the one you bought him—suddenly makes you want to retch, you know all too well that pregnant women enjoy a razor-sharp sense of smell. Unfortunately, we smell in other ways, too. “Your whole aura changes when you’re pregnant, and that includes your personal aroma,” explains Miriam Greene, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Hiking is a great way to improve your strength and cardiovascular health during pregnancy. Plus, it works wonders on your mood (look at that view!). Just ask Stacy Keibler, our June/July cover star, who told us that exploring the great outdoors is one of her favorite workouts!
But when you’re doing it for two, hiking does take some special considerations. So before you hit the trails, check out these tips for a better, safer hike.