If you’ve ever bolted for the bathroom because your husband’s cologne—the one you bought him—suddenly makes you want to retch, you know all too well that pregnant women enjoy a razor-sharp sense of smell. Unfortunately, we smell in other ways, too. “Your whole aura changes when you’re pregnant, and that includes your personal aroma,” explains Miriam Greene, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
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.
For more than 20 years Healthy Child Healthy World, a non-profit whose mission is to empower families to make better, safer choices, has been protecting children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals. We are seeing increased evidence of the impact of these chemicals found in everyday products on children’s health.
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.
Here’s the scoop on safety, according to David Bank, M.D., director at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
No research has yet shown that this is unsafe during pregnancy, Bank says.
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
Getting a prenatal massage can be extremely beneficial to your physiological, psychological and emotional health throughout pregnancy. But it's important to work with a practitioner whom you feel comfortable with, trust, and someone who is well-trained in giving a prenatal massage.