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Third Trimester

40 Weeks and Counting

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When labor begins on its own, pregnancies are considered full-term anywhere between 37 and 42 weeks. Between 41 and 42 weeks, your pregnancy will be considered post-term, and you may be a candidate for induction because studies show an increased risk of complications then. “Around 42 weeks is when the risk of problems increases,” says certified nurse-midwife Mayri Sagady Leslie, C.N.M., M.S.N., a clinical faculty member at Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn.

Giving Birth Before Your Due Date: Do All 40 Weeks Matter?

Your due date is in sight and you only have a few weeks to go. In fact, you’re so close, you’d be happy to get the show on the road and have your baby now. What’s the harm? Your doctor told you, after all, that at 37 weeks, you’re close enough to your due date that its safe to have your baby. In fact, why not get your calendar out and book the date and make things easy? Why go through the last miserable couple weeks of pregnancy if you don’t really have to?

Dial Down Your Pregnancy Discomfort

Ease pregnancy discomforts with this move by Sue Hitzmann, M.S., C.S.T., N.M.T., creator of MELT and author of The MELT Method (Harperone). “Doing the soft Ball Foot treatment for just five minutes five times a week will reduce aches in your low back, pelvis, and feet,” Hitzmann says.

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

From Spotting to Sex to Braxton Hicks

I just found out I’m pregnant and I’m having some weird brown discharge.  Am I having a miscarriage?

Probably not. Your cervix is probably just getting organized to seal up shop while it is under construction.  It’s kicking out any old blood and mucous that was hanging around and creating new discharge material that will keep your uterus safe and sound for the job ahead. Consider it cervical house cleaning. 

I’m having some spotting and I’m in my first trimester.  Am I having a miscarriage?

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.

How to Prepare for Birth: 8 Tips from a Doula

As we grow these little tiny beings in our bodies, we are always thinking about the big day when he/she will come out. "How will I be able to handle the pain?" we ask ourselves. "What can I do to prepare?" The truth of the matter is, there is a lot of pain, suffering and “uncomfortableness” around pregnancy, and leading up to the big day. If we condition ourselves to be “comfortable” with what we go through during pregnancy, we will have a solid foundation going into birth.

Here are eight ways you can prepare yourself and your body for a smooth labor and easier birth.

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.

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