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Second Trimester

6 Stress-Relief Tips That Really Work

Every woman has some everyday anxiety, but soon–to–be moms can pile on a few more factors sure to send even the coolest cucumber into night sweats (seriously, this growing baby is going to come out where?).

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.

Safe Cleaning with DIY Product Recipes

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.

Safe Hair Removal During Pregnancy

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.

Do: Electrolysis


No research has yet shown that this is unsafe during pregnancy, Bank says.

11 Things You Should Do Before You Have a 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

 

Prenatal Massage: Get Relief for Your Aches and Pains

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.

Why Pregnant Women Are So Tasty to Mosquitoes

If you’ve been outside at all this summer, you’ve probably noticed that the mosquitoes are biting, and it’s likely to get worse! Especially if you’re pregnant.

How to Sleep Comfortably as Your Pregnancy Progresses

Q: I'm a stomach sleeper. How can I make myself more comfortable sleeping on my side? 

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