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Third Trimester

Six Sunscreen Rules to Follow When You’re Pregnant

Summer after sunny summer, you’ve been the model of sun protection. Right? But now that you’re pregnant (congrats!), shielding yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet, or UV, rays is more important than ever. Your body’s pigment-producing cells (called melanocytes) kick into overdrive during pregnancy, making your skin more susceptible to UV-induced discoloration.

4 Pregnancy-Friendly Essential Oils

While essential oils can promote healing and ease anxiety, you’re right to approach ‘em with hesitation during pregnancy. "Avoid oils that say 'moving oil' on the label," says Kecia Gaither, M.D., vice chairman and director of maternal fetal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. These oils promote circulation—great for most women—but during pregnancy, they can also lead to preterm contractions and preterm labor.

How Third-Trimester Exercise Benefits Your Baby

Exercise duing pregnancy can keep weight gain in check, reduce your risk of gestational diabetes, decrease discomfort, and set you up for an easier labor and delivery. Now, new research shows that breaking a sweat, especially after 29 weeks, has a big benefit for your baby, too.

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15 Brilliant Ways to Calm Your Baby

Your baby spent 40 weeks in a quiet, warm, dark womb, and suddenly emerges in a loud, bright, open world. (The guy with the camera! The lights! The booming voices!) Talk about a trippy transition. From her first day on Earth, your newborn is full-out using the senses that she developed in utero. The overwhelming onslaught of sights and sounds is more than enough to warrant some crying from your little blueberry.

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.

8 Bump-Friendly Maternity Dresses for Wedding Season

How to Stay (and Look) Cool This Summer—No Matter Your Trimester

“Normal pregnancy-related hot flashes—coupled with late-summer temperatures—can be totally miserable,” says Lisa Domagalski, M.D., FACOG, a clinical instructor at the Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, R.I. “Heat also exacerbates other common pregnancy-related discomforts,” she adds.

Create a Bright and Sunny Nursery for Your Baby

Maternity Bathing Suits That Flatter Your Baby Bump

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