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Second Trimester

Prenatal Yoga Pose: Sun Salutation

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Get Relief Now: 7 Tips for Easing and Avoiding Back Pain

Back pain is a common pregnancy symptom, and it doesn’t always disappear when your baby arrives.  

Drop in to any physical therapist’s office or massage studio and you’re bound to see some baby bumps in the waiting room. That’s because ligament-loosening hormones, weight gain and a shifting center of gravity all conspire to cause 2 million pregnant women to cry out from back pain every year, especially between the fifth and seventh months.

Expert Answers to Your Top 5 Breast Questions

You may have noticed something besides your belly growing during pregnancy: your breasts. In fact, it’s not uncommon for, ahem, the girls, to grow up to two cup sizes, especially if this is your first pregnancy. This new growth is a good sign that your breasts are getting ready, all by themselves, to provide milk for your baby after delivery.

I’m Pregnant! Now What?

After learning that you’re pregnant, your main agenda is simple: Tell your partner and celebrate! But once the happy news sinks in, the next steps can seem overwhelming. To help simplify the situation, we asked Akua Afriyie-Gray, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Loyola Medical Center, for the most important moves a pregnant woman should make.

Unique, Unisex Baby Names

If you are waiting until your baby is born to find out the gender, it might be a good idea to pick a unisex baby name for your little bundle of joy. Instead of an ordinary unisex name (such as Dana, Evan, Jamie, Lee or Terry) or trendy baby names (like Aubrey, Connor, Kelsey or Taylor) get a little more creative in your choices.

Try one of these unique and modern unisex names:

 

Sex Rx: 4 Reasons to Keep Doing It

Now that you’re pregnant, has your sex life gone into a deep freeze? If so, consider thawing it out. In most cases, not only is a roll in the hay perfectly safe through your final trimester, it’s good for your mental health and your relationship. Here, our top four reasons to get down while you’re knocked up.

Historical Baby Boy Names

These baby boy names are perfect for parents who are history buffs, or anyone looking for a classic name for their bundle of joy.

From American heroes to former presidents to iconic Hollywood stars, you are sure to find the ideal historical name for your baby boy.

American Hero Baby Names

Get inspired by these historical figures and discover the perfect baby name for your own little hero.

Making Time for Childbirth Classes: A How-to Guide

One of the biggest arguments made for moms or couples who don’t attend childbirth classes is “I/we don’t have time.” And in today’s over-scheduled, over-committed and over-worked life, it’s true that many (often too many) things compete for your time. We know there are reasons why attending childbirth classes is worth your time; now we’re going to talk about how to make that time.

Mama and the Media: What to Watch During Pregnancy

Saturday night date night has most likely taken on a new form during pregnancy.  Skip the trip to the theater and watch these great birth flicks in the comfort of your own home, where it’s totally acceptable to wear those super stretchy and oh-so-comfy pajama pants and the kicks you feel aren’t on the back of your seat, but from that tiny little guy or gal in your belly!

If I Have an OB-GYN, Do I Need a Doula Too?

Having a doula is like having a personal trainer. You’re familiar with the equipment at the gym, but a trainer gives you the support you need to finish your workout. Your OB-GYN is usually there in the active part of labor and, obviously, during the delivery, but a doula will come to your home when labor starts and support you there as long as possible. Studies show that the more time a woman stays at home, the less chance of interventions. 

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