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1st Trimester

The Prenatal Exercise That Strengthens Your Deep Core

Sit on an exercise ball to practice strengthening your deep core muscles. If you don’t have an exercise ball, try this exercise sitting on a softer surface such as a couch or pillow on the ground. Be sure you are able to sit up straight.

1.   Sitting tall on an exercise ball, let your pelvic floor relax into the ball. A ball works great because it’s rounded and you can feel the ball against your pelvic floor when relaxed.

The Deep Core: Why It Matters and How to Strengthen It

When it comes to preparing your body for baby, there are two very important groups of muscles you should focus on: your pelvic floor muscles and your transverse abdominal (TA) muscles, both of which comprise your deep core muscles.

The Best Apps for Pregnancy

With a baby on the way, beating Candy Crush Saga probably isn't the most important thing on your mind—or your phone. Here are our favorite programs for moms-in-the-making.

Non-Alcoholic Drink: The Bellini Mocktail You'll Love

To stir in the agave more easily, heat it in the microwave or stovetop before stirring it in.

Healthy Dessert: Walnut Banana Pudding

Bananas serve as a base and give body to many Organic Avenue smoothies; similarly they can work their magic in puddings to thicken and bind, while adding something sweet.

The Number of Pregnant Women Taking Opioids Will Shock You

Ready for some crazy stats? One in five women have taken an opioid (a heavy-duty painkiller like codeine or hydrocodone) during pregnancy, according to a recent Obstetrics & Gynecology study that looked at pregnant Medicaid recipients. And 14 percent of of commercially-insured women did the same, according to a study published in Anesthesiology.

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