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2nd Trimester

Cleaning During Pregnancy: Redistribute the Chores

If you have certain pregnancy complications or limitations (or if you just want to play the pregnancy card!), you might need to cross these household tasks off your to-do list and either delegate them to someone else or hire some help.

Related: 20 Reasons You'll Miss Being Pregnant

Modern Baby Names with an Edge

These baby names have serious style! For those parents who don’t want old-fashioned names from the past, but more modern names for the future, we have rounded up unique and cool names perfect for trendsetting baby girls and baby boys. These baby names are modern, forward thinking and cool – just like you!

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Pretty Baby Names for Girls

Are you looking for a pretty baby name that is as beautiful as your baby girl? From feminine flower names like Daisy and Tulip to vintage names like Amelia and Beatrice, we rounded up our picks of the most delightful baby girl names.

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s what little girls are made of! These pretty baby girl names are the perfect choice for parents searching for names that are feminine and sweet—with a touch of sophistication.

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Short And Sweet Baby Names

A short and sweet baby name makes a big impact. These names are quirky, cute and delightfully easy to spell and pronounce. In fact, a short first name is a great way to balance out a long last name. Check out our picks of the best short and sweet baby names for girls and boys.

Short baby names are cool – without trying too hard. Whether you are looking for a shorter name that is unique, old fashioned or somewhere in between, we have rounded up our pick of the best short girl names and short boy names.
 

The Best Sex Positions for Pregnant Women

One minute, the sight of your partner makes you want to put him out with the weekly garbage; the next, you might want to play a couple of rounds of naked Twister. Par for the course during pregnancy.

See, as your estrogen and progesterone levels rise, they cause changes in your body that boost libido. Estrogen in particular, which serves such pregnancy-related functions as boosting blood flow to your uterus (and to your entire pelvis), also increases vaginal lubrication and heightens sensitivity in your breasts and nipples.

Placenta Power

It’s not pretty, but it is very important and serves as grist for lore and ritual the world over: Some cultures bury it, some consider it the baby’s sibling, some even eat it. Not only is the placenta the trading post between the mother’s and the baby’s blood supply, at around week 12 it takes over the production of hormones needed to sustain the pregnancy. And recent research found that its structure may even determine the length of a pregnancy.

Although the placenta usually functions flawlessly, occasionally a problem arises:

Green Tea Poached Salmon with Buckwheat and Lemon Basil Oil

Related to rhubarb, buckwheat has a grassy flavor and tender texture. It has laudable amounts of fiber to help quell pregnancy cravings. Plus, it's got magnesium, a multipurpose mineral that supports your baby’s bone development, may reduce your risk for gestational diabetes and  bolsters immune health for both of you. Used in the recipe below, kasha buckwheat is simply buckwheat kernels that have been roasted.

How do I handle gender disappointment?

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Sometimes, a little white lie can be a beautiful thing. Just say, “I have no idea! We decided to wait and be surprised.”

That will take care of the nosy neighbors, but now let’s talk about you. Even if your brain is telling you that the most important thing is that the baby is healthy, it’s perfectly natural to feel a twinge of disappointment that the Joanna of your dreams is turning out to be a Jason instead (or vice versa).

The Lowdown On Hand-Me-Downs

A friend offers you the car seat her son has outgrown. Should you accept it?

Probably not, unless the seat is almost new and you are certain it has never been in an accident or subject to a recall.

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