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2nd Trimester

More Ways You Could be Using Greek Yogurt

Some foods are so flexible and multi-purpose they’re perfect to keep on hand every day. But “staple” is almost too small a word for the amazing versatility that is Greek yogurt. For starters, there’s the creamy texture and rich taste.

Greek yogurt is also a pre- and postnatal nutrition slam dunk: The low-fat variety clocks in at 170 calories, 23 grams of protein and a whopping 25% of most women’s daily calcium requirements for one cup. 

Quinoa Edamame Salad

The amino acids in protein are the building blocks of all of your and your baby’s cells. It’s especially important to get enough of the macronutrient in the second and third trimesters. In fact, not consuming enough protein in your final two trimesters could increase the risk for low birth weight, which can put your baby at greater risk for high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease later in life. Great sources of protein include: edamame, meat, poultry, legumes (beans and peas), tofu, eggs, nuts and seeds, milk, Greek yogurt, and the versatile grain used in this recipe--quinoa.

The Simple Way to Keep Your Weight in Check

Struggling to get in a proper prenatal workout? The good news: Moving frequently all day long may be more beneficial for you during pregnancy than a 30-minute trip to the gym during an otherwise sedentary day.

Is Soy Safe During Pregnancy?

The relationship between science and soy has been a tumultuous one. It seems like as soon as research suggests that eating soy can help prevent disease, a newer study refutes its findings.

Pregnancy-Friendly Treadmill Tips

The last thing you need to do when you’re pregnant is intimidate yourself right out of a fitness routine. Sure, you want to keep yourself and your growing baby as safe as possible during pregnancy. But there’s no need to put your gym membership on “suspend” status while your bun is baking. Barring medical conditions that prevent you from exercising, you can, and should, maintain a prenatal fitness routine for the duration of your pregnancy—as long as your doctor or midwife agrees.

3 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Your Pregnancy

I often get emails from pregnant women, their partners or family members asking some variation of this question:  “Do I need to worry about this?” Sometimes “this” is first trimester discharge, or low abdominal cramping, or second trimester spotting.

Safe Hair Removal During Pregnancy

Whether you're pregnant during the summertime, or you're headed to the beach for a babymoon, a swimsuit is likely to be in the equation.  But once you’re pregnant, it's important to know that your go-to hair-removal methods might be harmful to you and your baby.

Here’s the scoop on safety, according to David Bank, M.D., director at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Do: Electrolysis


No research has yet shown that this is unsafe during pregnancy, Bank says.

How to Sleep Comfortably as Your Pregnancy Progresses

Q: I'm a stomach sleeper. How can I make myself more comfortable sleeping on my side? 

Is Worrying Part of Motherhood?

Telling a mother not to worry is silly.  It’s in our nature. It’s what we do. That said, that’s exactly what I’m going to say this week. Quit worrying, my dears.  It’s not good for you.

4 Quirkiest Baby Trends of 2013

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