If you’re planning a hospital birth, pack your bag three weeks before your due date. These 10 essential items will help you have a better birth experience:
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.