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Second Trimester

Drama Over Baby Names? Avoid the Most Common Conflicts

Parents-to-be tend to follow one of two strategies when it comes to revealing baby names before Junior's debut: swiftly announcing their pick to "claim" it or guarding it as a secret for fear that another mama might pilfer the idea. Unfortunately, neither guarantees your babe will be the only Marley on the block. We asked Baby Name Wizard Laura Wattenberg how to handle the common sources of name-heist drama.

Sarah Drew of Grey's Anatomy Has That Pregnancy Glow

It’s a rare overcast, drizzly day in Los Angeles, but at her Fit Pregnancy photo shoot in a house on a winding street near the Hollywood Hills, Sarah Drew is pure sunshine. This could be because the Grey’s Anatomy star is bursting with joy over her ever-expanding belly.

Should You Find Out Your Baby's Sex?

Learning your baby’s sex might predict more than just a pink or blue nursery. It might say something about what kind of parent you’ll be, at least that's what a study published in Personality and Individual Differences suggests.

6 Quirky Facts You Might Not Know About Pregnancy

Now that you're pregnant, you know all about the foods you should be eating and the vitamins you should be taking. But we bet there are some fun facts you haven't heard of. Watch this Buzzfeed video and see for yourself. 

Combat The Hot-Weather Hazards of a Summer Pregnancy

Hot and very bothered— that’s all 28-year-old Cindy Wilson of Kingston, Pa. thought she was after spending a day on the beach while in her second trimester. “I started to feel woozy,” Wilson says, and before she knew it, she was tumbling down the stairs of the pier. “I ended up being fine, but it was the scariest moment of my pregnancy,” she says. Paramedics told her to spend the rest of the day indoors; that August her daughter, Rosalie, was born safe and sound.

Six Sunscreen Rules to Follow When You’re Pregnant

Summer after sunny summer, you’ve been the model of sun protection. Right? But now that you’re pregnant (congrats!), shielding yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet, or UV, rays is more important than ever. Your body’s pigment-producing cells (called melanocytes) kick into overdrive during pregnancy, making your skin more susceptible to UV-induced discoloration.

4 Pregnancy-Friendly Essential Oils

While essential oils can promote healing and ease anxiety, you’re right to approach ‘em with hesitation during pregnancy. "Avoid oils that say 'moving oil' on the label," says Kecia Gaither, M.D., vice chairman and director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. These oils promote circulation—great for most women—but during pregnancy, they can also lead to preterm contractions and preterm labor.

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