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How to Reduce Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Gridlock. Spam. Irritating coworkers. Certain problems are beyond our control—stretch marks included. And while a new U.K. study found that 90 percent of pregnant women face these skin problems, there are still steps one can take to reduce their appearance. Anne Chapas, M.D., of NYC's Union Square Laser Dermatology, offers her best tips.

Please Stop Saying This to Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a magical time for a woman. But it's also a time of bodily changes, awkwardness and discomfort. Why would you want to pile on more awkwardness by saying something foolish? That's right, you wouldn't. So read on and learn the nine things that you should never, ever say to a pregnant woman.

"You look like you're about to pop!" No woman wants to hear this. You might as well tell her she's a hippo.

Body Odor During Pregnancy: "Do I Smell?"

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.

4 Pregnancy-Safe Retinol Alternatives

Pregnancy is full of sacrifices: coffee, alcohol, energy. But there’s no need to add stellar skin to the list.

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.

5 Steps to a Worry-Free Pregnancy

On the subject of pregnancy, everyone likes to talk about the tangible side effects—be it stretch marks, nausea or mood shifts. But few people like to talk about one of the most all-encompassing side effects: stress.

Related: 6 Stress Relief Tips That Really Work

3 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Your Pregnancy

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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