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1st Trimester

Binge-Proof Chocolate Pudding

Our June/July cover star Stacy Keibler shared this avocado-based dessert with our sister magazine, Natural Health. It's the perfect personal portion for nights when you have an undeniable chocolate craving but don’t want to overindulge.

12 Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid During Pregnancy

We’re sure you’ve got the basic pregnancy no-nos covered—you forgo wine with dinner, you check with your doc before taking any medication, you've said sayonara to sushi—but when it comes to the ingredients in your skincare and makeup, you’re probably more than a little lost. We don’t blame you. Ingredient lists can be daunting, so we did the research and simplified it for you.

Mexican Hot Chocolate (With Benefits For Your Developing Baby!)

It’s certainly not like you need an excuse to whip up this yummy Mexican Hot Chocolate, but we’ll give you one: Drinking milk during pregnancy may lead to taller children, a recent study in the European Journal for Clinical Nutrition finds. So fill your mug and start picking out extra-long onesies for your future basketball star!

How to Stay Fit Like a Pro During and After Pregnancy

As a certified pre/post-natal exercise specialist, the brains and talent behind a best-selling prenatal workout DVD, and one of SHAPE’s Hottest Female Trainers in America, Sara Haley knows a thing or two about working out while preggo. But as she’s learning while carrying her second baby, no two pregnancies are the same.

14 Pregnancy-Approved Fitness Gadgets

As that beautiful belly grows, it's harder to muster up the motivation to do your pregnancy exercises. That's why we sussed out 14 gadgets, apps and more that optimize every sweat sesh. Bonus: Most of these products can help you get fit after baby too!

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.

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