The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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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.
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.
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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.
So you’ve made your birth plan and a killer Pinterest nursery inspirations board. What else should you do before that tea-cup-rest you’ve been lugging around makes his or her debut?
We asked our readers to write my article for me. I mean, share their advice.
1. “Take a vacation together. Flying without a baby is something you’ll miss.” –J., via Twitter
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Pregnancy massage is extremely beneficial to your physiological, psychological and emotional health throughout pregnancy. It is important to work with a practitioner whom you feel comfortable with, trust, and is well-trained in pregnancy massage.
I recommend receiving consistent massages throughout your pregnancy. Try scheduling a massage once every two weeks up to your third trimester and every week afterwards.
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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.
Pregnancy is full of changes. Your body changes, your emotions are all over the place, and even your house changes to accommodate all of the “necessary” baby accessories. One of the less common changes – but one with potentially big impact – is changing your doctor or midwife. If the prenatal care you’re receiving isn’t meeting your needs or if your care provider doesn’t support your preferences for birth, consider switching to a new practice. Finding a new doctor or midwife, even if you’re in your third trimester, isn’t as difficult as you may think.
Unless you’re a detective or have the last name Woodward or Bernstein, you may not feel all that comfortable asking your OB-GYN difficult questions. Why? They can make your subject—and you—uncomfortable, squirmy or standoffish.