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1st Trimester

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.

Can Low-Dose Aspirin Prevent Preeclampsia?

You’re familiar with low-dose aspirin’s blood-thinning properties, but what can it do for you during pregnancy?

First off, baby aspirin is sometimes given to women who have had multiple pregnancy losses during their first trimester, the theory being that clotting disorders can cause pregnancy loss, says Jeff Chapa, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic’s Maternal Fetal Medicine department.

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