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3rd Trimester

40 Weeks and Counting

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When labor begins on its own, pregnancies are considered full-term anywhere between 37 and 42 weeks. Between 41 and 42 weeks, your pregnancy will be considered post-term, and you may be a candidate for induction because studies show an increased risk of complications then. “Around 42 weeks is when the risk of problems increases,” says certified nurse-midwife Mayri Sagady Leslie, C.N.M., M.S.N., a clinical faculty member at Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn.

Dial Down Your Pregnancy Discomfort

Ease pregnancy discomforts with this move by Sue Hitzmann, M.S., C.S.T., N.M.T., creator of MELT and author of The MELT Method (Harperone). “Doing the soft Ball Foot treatment for just five minutes five times a week will reduce aches in your low back, pelvis, and feet,” Hitzmann says.

10 Healthy Ways to Get Your Chocolate Fix

Healthy chocolate recipes that will help you indulge in the ultimate comfort food.

High Amniotic Fluid During Your Third Trimester

Thalia is 36 weeks pregnant and for the last few weeks, she’s been measuring large for dates. Her doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed she has more amniotic fluid than some mothers do. A normal range of fluid at this stage of pregnancy is measured as between 5 and 25 centimeters or about 800-1000 mL.

Prenatal Bonding: 5 Ways to Boost Baby's Health

Feel silly chatting up your growing belly? Don’t. It’s one of many great ways to foster a meaningful emotional connection with your baby, even while he or she is still in the womb—and that closeness equals a more peaceful pregnancy experience, says Laurel Wilson, B.S., I.B.C.L.C., a childbirth educator, labor doula and co-author of The Greatest Pregnancy Ever (Lotus Life Press) in Denver.

Is It Safe to Take Medications During Pregnancy?

The majority of moms-to-be—about 90 percent—take at least one medication during their pregnancies. Additionally, more than two-thirds of pregnant women take a prescription medication during the first trimester, a crucial period of fetal development when medications are more likely to affect your baby.

From Spotting to Sex to Braxton Hicks

I just found out I’m pregnant and I’m having some weird brown discharge.  Am I having a miscarriage?

Probably not. Your cervix is probably just getting organized to seal up shop while it is under construction.  It’s kicking out any old blood and mucous that was hanging around and creating new discharge material that will keep your uterus safe and sound for the job ahead. Consider it cervical house cleaning. 

I’m having some spotting and I’m in my first trimester.  Am I having a miscarriage?

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Why Pregnant Women Are So Tasty to Mosquitoes

If you’ve been outside at all this summer, you’ve probably noticed that the mosquitoes are biting, and it’s likely to get worse! Especially if you’re pregnant.

Pregnancy Rash: Is it PUPPPs?

Pregnancy brings with it many things, some joyous and some…not. For about 1 in 160 expectant moms (less than 1 percent), one of the unfortunate side effects can be a rash with a mean itch known as PUPPPs, or pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.

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