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Second Trimester

5 Ways to Reduce Heartburn During Pregnancy

It was heartburn that got me in the end. I could take the swelling, the back pain, the constant trips to the bathroom, the itchy skin, the fatigue, the sweating, the sleeplessness and even the psychological shock of seeing the scale tip 200 pounds. But the constant, searing pain of heartburn made the miracle of pregnancy seem more like a curse—by the middle of my third trimester, my mantra had changed from "Please, let him be healthy!" to "Just get him OUT!"

Countdown To Baby

From the minute you have a positive pregnancy test, you’re counting the days until you meet your baby. All the while, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes. This timeline will provide you with a week-by-week look at what’s going on with you and your baby, as well as reminders about what you can do at every stage to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.

Weeks 1-3
First things first

Get Schooled

You may be surprised to discover the variations in childbirth classes—some are months long while others last a day; some take place in a hospital and others are conducted in the educator’s home.

Prenatal Care on the Run

We’ve been getting some interesting emails and Facebook comments lately with a similar theme.  Take this one, for example:

hi! im 7months pregnant. its my first pregnancy, im worried i havnt been visitn d doctor of the clinic. what can i do 2make my baby a healthy baby? and what are the consequences of not seeing the doctor? please i need help.

Or this one:

I'm still on da run en having ground since i was preggy! wat's da matter of taking care of a baby coz i really don't have a good check-up.

Old Wives Vs. Science

When it comes to pregnancy counsel, female family members, pregnant friends and even experienced moms don’t always know best. Yet many expectant women are more apt to listen to those sources than they are to follow medical advice, a 2010 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology found.

Pregnant Belly Basics

Inevitably someone will tell you (wrongly) that if you're carrying low you're having a boy, and vice versa. Here are some actual facts about baby bumps:

The First Kick

Wondering what your baby’s first noticeable movement in utero is going to feel like, and when you might expect it?

Most women experience that first kick between 17 and 22 weeks, says maternal-fetal medicine specialist Alice Cootauco, M.D., of St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore. No fluttering yet?

What's Normal, What's Not (And When to Call Your OB)

Early in her pregnancy, Deborah Johnson (not her real name) started having on-and-off light bleeding. “At first I was really freaked out,” she recalls. “My immediate reaction was, ‘Oh, this can’t be good.’ ”

She called her doctor, who was concerned but calm. “She said she was going to play it safe by giving me progesterone, but that if the baby wasn’t meant to be, no amount of progesterone was going to make a difference,” Johnson says. Though the spotting continued throughout her entire first trimester, Johnson gave birth to a healthy baby boy six months later.

Cleaning During Pregnancy: Redistribute the Chores

If you have certain pregnancy complications or limitations (or if you just want to play the pregnancy card!), you might need to cross these household tasks off your to-do list and either delegate them to someone else or hire some help.

Related: 20 Reasons You'll Miss Being Pregnant

Pretty Baby Names for Girls

Are you looking for a pretty baby name that is as beautiful as your baby girl? From feminine flower names like Daisy and Tulip to vintage names like Amelia and Beatrice, we rounded up our picks of the most delightful baby girl names.

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s what little girls are made of! These pretty baby girl names are the perfect choice for parents searching for names that are feminine and sweet—with a touch of sophistication.

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