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Comfort Zone

Let’s get real: When you’re pregnant in the dead of winter, controlling your weight is no piece of cake, although you’d probably like to eat one—and then another. We share our favorite recipes for comfort foods with a lighter twist to give you more energy and protect your and your developing baby’s health.

Self-Care For Down There

Everyone is fussing over your new baby, but you need some TLC, too—especially in your tender nether regions. Amy Murtha, M.D., of Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., offers these post-delivery self-care tips:

EPISIOTOMY PAIN

Taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help; so may the following:

Constipation During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Some pregnancy annoyances are discussed in polite company. Morning sickness, check. Swollen ankles, check. But irregularity? It’s pretty much in the closet. Heartburn, constipation and indigestion are not uncommon, though, thanks to the hormone progesterone, which relaxes your stomach muscles, slowing digestion.

Your Changing Body

Feeling exhausted, moody and anxious is all part of having a newborn, right? Maybe not, says Maureen Groer, Ph.D., a professor of nursing at University of South Florida College in Tampa and author of a study on postpartum thyroiditis (PPT). This inflammation of the thyroid gland is diagnosed after pregnancy in 5 percent to 10 percent of U.S. women, but Groer believes it’s far more common. “Many women ignore the symptoms because they think it’s a normal part of being a new mom,” she says. To help detect PPT, Groer recommends that all new moms do the following:

A Royal Pain in the Butt

Here's one of those questions everyone wants answered but so few are brave enough to ask. Because it's a rather sensitive subject, I'm not including my reader's name but honey, thank you for this one. She's seven months along and has, in her words: piles. Yep, those are hemorrhoids. They are oh-so-common during pregnancy and delivery and oh-so-uncomfortable.

Fiber A Pregnancy Panacea

Constipation is a common problem for pregnant women, but one remedy may be a nondigestible type of fiber naturally found in fruit and vegetables. Japanese scientists saw improvement in 29 moms-to-be who were given supplements of xylooligosaccharides (XOS). "XOS is a type of fiber that our bodies cannot digest, but it turns out to be food for a type of 'friendly' bacteria in our gut," says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Melinda Johnson, R.D.