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1st Trimester

A Pilates Workout for the Whole 9 Months

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?

Related: The New Mom Survival Guide

Get Glowing: 7 Beauty Products for Pregnant Women

Photography:  Pornchai Mittongtare.  Prop styling:  Amy Paliwoda.

20 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Be Pregnant

Congratulations! You’re pregnant. And a hearty congrats to us as well—Fit Pregnancy turns 20 this year and we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate with you. Why? Well, we think it’s an amazing time to be pregnant.

5 Ways to Rock Your Pregnancy Diet

Adobo Black-Eyed Peas

Studies show that if moms-to-be got the recommended dose of folate before and during early pregnancy, 70 percent of all neuraltube defects could be prevented. Best sources: fortified cereals, leafy greens, beans, asparagus, peanuts, oranges, Brussels sprouts, wheat germ, and the tasty building blocks found in this recipe--peas. Related: 5 Ways to Rock Your Pregnancy Diet (4 more recipes)

Figgy Newtons

“Calcium is a mineral that’s vital to developing strong bones and teeth, as well as proper nerve function and normal heartbeat,” says Kimberly A. Tessmer, R.D., L.D., author of Tell Me What to Eat If I Am Trying to Conceive (New Page Books). Plus, it’s linked to a reduced risk of hypertension and preeclampsia in moms.

Flank Steak and Kale Tacos with Pico De Gallo Salsa

Iron is crucial for building red blood cells, which carry oxygen to your baby’s growing organs. To supercharge your body’s ability to absorb oxygen, pair iron with vitamin C-rich foods, such as citrus, strawberries, tomatoes and bell peppers. Here's a recipe that does just that. Related: 5 Ways to Rock Your Pregnancy Diet (4 more recipes)

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