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Can These Common Chemicals Cause Premature Birth?

You know to be wary of chemicals in your food and beauty products, especially during pregnancy. Now, a new study gives you more incentive: researchers found a connection between phthalates (chemicals used to make plastic more flexible, and as solvents in personal care products) and preterm deliveries.

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Working out While Pregnant

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I think it is great that you work out so often and are obviously committed to staying healthy and fit. Exercising during pregnancy can help relieve stress, fight gestational diabetes and may help you have an easier pregnancy and delivery. You can continue to work out as often as you do, but, if necessary, you should reduce the intensity level to the point that you’re able to carry on a conversation comfortably during your workout.

The 10 Essential Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

1) PLAN AHEAD

“Start getting healthy even before you become pregnant,” advises Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., medical adviser to the March of Dimes and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York. (Already pregnant?

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: The Risk and the Fix

While you may think of high blood pressure as a problem for your parents or grandparents, many pregnant women experience blood-vessel problems that force the heart to work harder to pump blood to the placenta and maternal organs. In fact, up to 30 percent of first-time pregnancies are affected by hypertension, preeclampsia (high blood pressure plus protein in the urine) or eclampsia (high blood pressure, protein in the urine and seizures).

Dads Have Crazy Pregnancy Dreams, Too

Vivid dreaming is a well-known side effect of pregnancy, but expectant moms aren’t the only ones whose brains work overtime in the wee hours. Dads-to-be also step up their travels to dreamland.

Motherhood: 5 Ingenious Ways to Prep for the Role of a Lifetime

Few events in life are as unforgettable as having a baby. But there are plenty of other days after the Big Day that aren’t rosebuds and rainbows. Suddenly, you’re adjusting to less sleep, a changing body, and to being cooped up with a little bundle of … demands?

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