pregnancy

The One Prenatal Test Every Doctor Wants You to Take in Early Pregnancy

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A new Clinical Practice Guideline from the top health care professionals may change the face of your first prenatal visit forever. Published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the latest CPG recommends universal diabetes testing for every expectant woman at her first prenatal doctor's visit. Because cases of diabetes are... read more

Drew Barrymore Says Pregnancy Shouldn’t be Perfect (Thank Goodness!)

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How's this for your Friday morning headline: Drew Barrymore wants all y'all to know that pregnancy ain't about perfection. What's that, you say? You didn't quite get the message? Allow me to reiterate: Drew wants women everywhere, expectant or not, to know that the business of growing a baby (and simultaneously, a belly)... read more

Exercising During Pregnancy Will Make Baby Smarter

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The latest study finds that expectant moms should get as little as 20 minutes of exercise in at least three times a week if they want a smarter baby. The study, presented at the Neuroscience 2013 conference over the weekend, was aimed at moving exercise when you're expecting to the forefront of every... read more

New Test Could Predict Your Preeclampsia Risk In Early Pregnancy

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Attention moms-to-be: Research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation noted that a new test that checks the level of placental protein could help doctors determine your risk for severely high blood pressure during your pregnancy. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, high blood pressure only affects six to... read more

10 Dream Pregnancy Laws Inspired by Pennsylvania’s Ban on Bump-Touching

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By now, you’ve no doubt heard that Pennsylvania has officially made it illegal to touch a pregnant woman’s belly without her permission. That’s right, the next time a stranger attempts to fondle your bump, just dial 911 and the Preggy Po-Po will arrive, sirens blaring and flashing lights blazing. (Here's hoping the lights... read more

What’s a Full-Term Pregnancy? New Study Redefines Your 9 Months

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Not sure what a "full-term" pregnancy looks like anymore? Chances are, you're not alone. But now, doctors and scientists are coming together to redefine what the next nine months of your life will look like, how long baby needs to develop, and just what it means when you deliver too early -- or too late.... read more

Uh Oh! The Most Annoying Things My Partner Said During My Pregnancy

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Before I share what my partner would say that would literally make me scream while I was pregnant, I will say that I wouldn't trade the experience I had with him ever. This was his first child. Like any other first-time father, he was excited. He couldn't help it if I had absolutely... read more

3 Unexpected Pregnancy Symptoms I Actually Loved

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Pregnancy has so many different symptoms and though I didn't look forward to the nausea, swollen feet and ankles and heartburn, there were some symptoms I (surprisingly!) loved. Like: Thicker nails and hair My nails and hair couldn't have been any thicker, shinier, and healthier when I was expecting! I felt like I... read more

6 Lifesavers I Couldn’t Get Through Pregnancy Without

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Everyone's pregnancy is different. I happened to have a pretty damn great pregnancy. I had minimal nausea, no puking, normal weight gain -- I really don't have any major complaints! But I've also had my terrible mood swings, bad gas, aches and pains in my back and legs (hello charlie horses!),... read more

The Sweet Pregnancy Selfie Series You’ve Got to See!

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Selfies just got a whole lot cooler, y'all. Sophie Starzenski, a photographer based out of Argentina, took a selfie of her baby bump during her pregnancy and put together a touching montage to share with the whole world. Okay, okay, maybe not the whole world -- but once social media got... read more