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3rd Trimester

How Third-Trimester Exercise Benefits Your Baby

Exercise duing pregnancy can keep weight gain in check, reduce your risk of gestational diabetes, decrease discomfort, and set you up for an easier labor and delivery. Now, new research shows that breaking a sweat, especially after 29 weeks, has a big benefit for your baby, too.

15 Brilliant Ways to Calm Your Baby

Your baby spent 40 weeks in a quiet, warm, dark womb, and suddenly emerges in a loud, bright, open world. (The guy with the camera! The lights! The booming voices!) Talk about a trippy transition. From her first day on Earth, your newborn is full-out using the senses that she developed in utero. The overwhelming onslaught of sights and sounds is more than enough to warrant some crying from your little blueberry.

A Question of Paternity Leave

The US is far from generous with its parental leave—the Family and Medical Leave Act requires companies with more than 50 employees to offer a meager 12 weeks off unpaid. But there is one benefit to America's stingy statute: Mom and Dad are entitled to the same time off. This means a total of 6 months with Baby if you play your cards right. We’d love to know how (and if) your partner plans to take his leave. Your responses will help inform an upcoming article.

Versatile Baby Names for Girls

Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding

Bread puddings are super easy; you can’t really screw this recipe up. Assemble it ahead of time and throw it in the oven as you start eating so it’s ready when you’re finished with your main course. The reheated leftovers will taste great later on too.

Create a Bright and Sunny Nursery for Your Baby

Shopping with Rosie Pope: How to Buy the Best Baby Gear and Maternity Clothes

Rosie Pope is synonymous with all things maternity fashion. Even if you’re not sporting heels throughout your pregnancy, there’s still a lot to learn from the style guru, entrepreneur, and mom of four (her youngest was born this March!). Pope also recently gave birth to another endeavor, Rosie Pope Baby, a line of chic baby clothes and accessories.

Single and Pregnant: Doing the Best for Us

Spending several months fretting about how I was going to raise a child in Los Angeles on my own, I made the rash decision to move to Charlottesville, Virginia. I had never even visited, but had a few friends who lived there, and it sounded like the perfect place for my small family of two. Plus, I was done with Hollywood.

Related: Sexy, Single & Pregnant in the City of Angels

Third Trimester Nutrition: The Diet Change to Make Now!

If you indulged a few too many pregnancy cravings during your first and second trimesters, it’s not too late to turn things around in the homestretch. In fact, the third trimester is the perfect time to get on track—the foods you eat now can impact your baby’s health long after she's born, according to a new study published in Cell.

5 Prenatal Meditation Techniques

There are few things more exciting than growing another human being inside of you. But with excitement, comes stress. (The nursery isn’t ready! My OB-GYN is booked for the next three months!) Here, 5 meditation techniques to help you find peace throughout this exhilarating process (including labor), whether you’re a meditation newbie or om expert.

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