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1st Trimester

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.

How to Sleep Better During Pregnancy

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.

4 Steps to Lower Cholesterol (for Baby's Sake)

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:

Survive the Work Day (Even When You Have Morning Sickness)

Pregnant women have tons of demands on their time and energy, not the least of which is work.

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