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The nine months you carry your baby inside of you, provide for him and nurture him are full of happiness and surprise. All the changes that take place in your body during this period are vital for proper fetal development. But, they may not be as positive for you, as the increased hormone levels and raised blood volume often lead to various symptoms, from common problems like heartburn, constipation and headaches to bizarre signs of pregnancy like itchy skin, acne and nosebleeds. However, you can manage most of them with a healthy lifestyle and certain pregnancy-safe home remedies.

temp Pregnancy and Skincare: What’s Not Safe During Pregnancy

  Diet, medications, and cosmetics – there are more changes in pregnancy than just your growing belly. Because your baby doesn’t have the same protections that adults do, there are many products that could be potentially harmful to your baby if applied to your skin. …

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temp The Most Common Breastfeeding Problems SOLVED

  Breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural way to provide your baby with the nutrition they need to have the best start at life. While your baby is born with some instincts as to feeding, this doesn’t mean the breastfeeding process is painless (far from …

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temp Work Safety While Pregnant: 3 Tips to Help You on the Job Site

Are you concerned that your job is putting your pregnancy at risk? Working may not be an option, especially if you’re the main income provider for your family. However, most women can safely continue to work while pregnant with a few precautions. Of course, there …

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temp 4 Options for Quitting Smoking While Pregnant

You know that smoking isn’t healthy for you or your baby and now you’re committed to kicking the habit. What are your options? Must you quit cold turkey or are there safe quit smoking aids you can use to stop smoking? Quitting smoking while pregnant …

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temp Dealing with Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

  You can have varicose veins whether you’re pregnant or not, but those conspicuous, bulging veins become more common when you’re pregnant. Varicose veins are veins that are swollen in size, more superficial, and sometimes tender. They’re most likely to show up on your legs. …

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temp Sensitive Teeth during Pregnancy: Is It Normal?

  Your body changes during pregnancy and the changes can affect body parts you wouldn’t expect, including your teeth. Even your choppers may feel some discomfort. Sensitive teeth during pregnancy are par for the course for some women. Although not all women deal with this …

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temp Migraines During Pregnancy

Migraines During Pregnancy If you had migraine headaches before becoming pregnant, you might experience more of these sometimes disabling headaches during pregnancy.  On the other hand, you might experience fewer. The hormonal changes that go along with pregnancy can trigger more migraines or calm them, …

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temp Rashes During Pregnancy: The Three Most Common Types

Rashes During Pregnancy: The Three Most Common Types Is there one thing about your body that doesn’t seem to change with pregnancy? While your stomach is getting bigger, joints are getting looser, and legs getting more swollen, it’s not uncommon to experience skin changes and …

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temp What Are False Contractions?

  You’re waiting to feel those first contractions – a sign that you’re ready to deliver! Yet, before you have your first REAL contractions, you may have false contractions. These contractions are also called Braxton Hicks contractions to distinguish them from the real kind that …

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temp Heart Palpitations During Pregnancy

If you notice palpitations during pregnancy, should you be concerned? Palpitations are the sensation that your heart is pounding, thumping too quickly or beating irregularly. People describe this sensation in various ways. Some describe it as a feeling that their heart is “fluttering” or thumping …

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temp IBS Symptoms During Pregnancy: What Can You Expect?

IBS Symptoms During Pregnancy: What Can You Expect? As if your body isn’t changing enough, some women have to deal with another problem during pregnancy – IBS symptoms. IBS, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, is characterized by bowels that are exquisitely sensitive. Although not …

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temp Signs of Contractions: How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Deliver?

Signs of Contractions: How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Deliver? Contractions – they’re uncomfortable, in fact, downright painful. On the other hand, if they are true contractions, they’re a sign that your baby is on the way – and that’s a good thing! …

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temp Why You Need a Pregnancy Pillow

Why You Need a Pregnant Pillow What’s a pregnant pillow and what can it do for you? If you’re lying awake, tossing and turning and sleep just won’t come, you’re not alone. Over three-quarters of all women have problems sleeping at some point during the …

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temp Five Common Breast Changes in Early Pregnancy

Five Common Breast Changes in Early Pregnancy Breast changes are likely to appear just a few weeks into a pregnancy–in fact, this symptom is often the first clue noticed by pregnant women. Here are five of the most common, along with explanations for their development. …

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temp 4 Reasons You Have Problems Sleeping During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Sleeping: 4 Reasons Getting a Good Night’s Sleeping During Pregnancy is Hard   During the first trimester of pregnancy, it’s common to feel sleep during the day. You might assume that when you finally crawl into bed at night, sleep will come easily. Unfortunately, …

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temp Pregnancy Rhinitis: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?

Pregnancy Rhinitis: What Is It and What Can You Do About It? So many changes happen to your body when you’re pregnant. One that might catch you off guard is a condition called pregnancy rhinitis. Although not life-threatening, the symptoms of this relatively common ailment …

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temp Ptyalism

Ptyalism If it’s your first pregnancy, it’s hard to know what to expect. Your experience may be quite different from another woman at your stage of pregnancy. One condition that some women face is ptyalism. Although the name is a bit intimidating, ptyalism simply refers …

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temp Five of the Best Tips for Stretch Mark Prevention

Five of the Best Tips for Stretch Mark Prevention There are plenty of common skin conditions that can develop during pregnancy, but stretch marks are by far the most common complaint–an estimated 90% of women notice at least some during the third trimester. They are pink, …

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temp Pregnancy Hot Flashes

Pregnancy Hot Flashes You probably think hot flashes are the domain of women going through menopause – not ladies who are carrying a baby. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to experience pesky hot flashes during pregnancy. As many as a third of all women complain of …

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temp Prolapses

Prolapses Pregnancy changes your body in a number of ways. Of course, you already knew that, didn’t you? When you carry a baby, it places stress and pressure on the floor of your pelvis. In some cases, this can lead to a condition called prolapse. …

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temp Water Retention During Pregnancy: What Causes It and What Can You Do About It?

Water Retention During Pregnancy: What Causes It and What Can You Do About It? No doubt about it – your body changes when you’re pregnant. Under the direction of hormones, your body becomes an incubator for the tiny being growing inside you. It’s you who …

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temp 8 Effective Ways to Combat Leg Cramps During Pregnancy

8 Effective Ways to Combat Leg Cramps During Pregnancy Leg cramps often strike during pregnancy, especially when you’re lying down. Next to back aches and pelvic discomfort, this is probably the most common type of chronic pain experienced in mid to late pregnancy. While researchers …

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temp How to Tackle 5 Causes of Vaginal Itching During Pregnancy

How to Tackle 5 Causes of Vaginal Itching During Pregnancy If your vagina becomes irritated, itchy or swollen during pregnancy, this is because of some kind of irritation–a common problem. However, there are multiple causes of such irritation, so tackling this annoying symptom and getting …

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temp Insomnia During Pregnancy: Tips for Getting More Restful Sleep

Insomnia During Pregnancy: Tips for Getting More Restful Sleep Insomnia and pregnancy often go hand in hand. Difficulty sleeping is especially common during the later stages of pregnancy when it’s hard to get comfortable due to the size of your tummy. Unfortunately, when you don’t …

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temp Frequent Urination During Pregnancy: Is It Normal?

Frequent Urination During Pregnancy: Is It Normal? Are trips to the restroom becoming more frequent? When you’re pregnant, so many changes happen to your body that it’s sometimes hard to tell whether they’re normal or not. Frequent urination during pregnancy is one of the more …

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temp Pregnancy Cravings: Why You Have Them and How to Manage Them

Pregnancy Cravings: Why You Have Them and How to Manage Them Are you dreaming of popsicles, pickles, or other foods you might not normally obsess over? Pregnancy cravings are common. In fact, more than half of all women have them. Sometimes these cravings are for …

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temp Fainting During Pregnancy: When Should You Be Concerned?

Fainting During Pregnancy: When Should You Be Concerned? So many changes happen to your body when you’re pregnant. After all, you have a tiny being growing inside you and you’re providing it with the nourishment it needs to become a fully functioning human being. Supporting …

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temp Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy: What’s Normal, and What’s Not

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy: What’s Normal, and What’s Not It’s natural to be anxious about vaginal discharge during pregnancy, especially if this is your first child. It can be tough to figure out what’s perfectly normal, and what might be a sign that something is …

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temp 9 Causes of Abdominal Cramping During Pregnancy (And When to Worry)

9 Causes of Abdominal Cramping During Pregnancy (And When to Worry) There are many different causes of abdominal cramping during pregnancy, and the majority are benign in nature. However, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with some of the more serious causes as well, so you …

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temp What’s the Best Stretch Mark Prevention Strategy?

What’s the Best Stretch Mark Prevention Strategy?   Many new moms think of stretch marks as a “badge of honor.” But if you’re like many women, you do what you can to avoid them. Stretch marks are lines or “scars” that form on the skin …

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temp What You Should Know About Cold Sores during Pregnancy

What You Should Know About Cold Sores during Pregnancy Cold sores can happen anytime. In fact, nine out of ten adults experience one or more cold sores over a lifetime. Still, you’re more likely to get one when you’re pregnant. The reason? It’s probably a …

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temp Can You Still Have Your Period and Be Pregnant?

Can You Still Have Your Period and Be Pregnant?   Pregnancy brings about a multitude of changes to your body. One reason you take a pregnancy test in the first place is because you missed a period. Yet, sometimes women who are pregnant experience bleeding …

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3 Benefits of Doing Kegels During and After Pregnancy

3 Benefits of Doing Kegels During and After Pregnancy   You might have heard the term “Kegels” and wondered what they are. Kegels are exercises that strengthen your pelvic muscles, the muscles that support your bladder, and uterus. These muscles also support the opening that …

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5 Things You Need to Know about Baby Acne

5 Things You Need to Know about Baby Acne   You probably think acne is a skin problem that only adolescents and teens face, but babies get it too. Baby acne is a common skin condition that affects up to 40% of babies right after …

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Breast Changes in Early Pregnancy: What You Can Expect

Breast Changes in Early Pregnancy: What You Can Expect   Pregnancy is a happy time for most women but also a time of change. In fact, almost every part of your body is growing and changing in some way to accommodate the tiny being expanding …

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False Positive Pregnancy Tests: How Common Are They?

If you’re hoping to be pregnant, a false pregnancy test is a huge disappointment. Although false pregnancy tests are rare, they do happen. Home pregnancy tests measure the levels of a hormone called HCG in the urine. HCG is a hormone produced by a fertilized …

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temp Carpal Tunnel Syndrome during Pregnancy

What is the carpal tunnel syndrome The tingling sensation often felt in the hands and fingers by pregnant women is known as the carpal tunnel syndrome [1]. It may affect anyone and may occur due to various reasons, with a high incidence rate during pregnancy …

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Metallic Taste in Mouth during Pregnancy

What is dysgeusia or metallic taste in mouth Dysgeusia is the medical term for a sour, salty, somewhat bitter, in general a metallic or copper taste in mouth [1] (as if you have a penny in your mouth) that prevents you from tasting your foods …

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temp Hives During Pregnancy

Hives, also known as urticaria, is one of the less common skin changes experienced by pregnant women, alongside the common ones such as skin darkening and stretch marks [1]. It is quite normal to develop the red, itchy bumps on the skin surface when carrying. …

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Losing Weight While Pregnant

Is it normal to lose weight in the first trimester It is more conventional for women to gain weight during pregnancy, as their baby develops over the months. However, it is also quite normal to lose some weight, especially during the first trimester [1], as …

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Dry Mouth During Pregnancy

Is dry mouth an early sign of pregnancy? Dry mouth is a common symptom during the first trimester, often becoming more severe at night [1, 2, 3]. It is usually accompanied by dry, stuffy nose, chapped lips, headaches, hot flashes, indigestion, and metal cotton mouth (bitter, …

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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) during Pregnancy

Restless leg syndrome, also referred to as RLS, is a normal occurrence during pregnancy. Marked by an intense urge to move the legs while at rest due to tingling sensations, RLS affects 10% to 25% of pregnant women [1, 2]. Having unpleasant sensations in the …

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Pregnancy brings several changes in the body, hair loss being one of them. Although it is not unusual to witness excessive hair loss after delivery, many women become worried when it occurs during pregnancy [1] [2] [5]. Is hair loss a sign of pregnancy Hair …

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Insomnia during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when you require long hours of sleep more than ever, but at the same time, getting a good night’s sleep may seem harder than ever during these nine months. However, that does not mean you are obliged to spend sleepless nights …

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temp Bleeding Gums during Pregnancy

Do not be too surprised if you find your gums more prone to soreness, swelling and even occasional bleeding while you are pregnant. It is yet another ‘normal’ symptom of pregnancy [1] along with nausea, fatigue, and nosebleeds. Pregnancy gingivitis, a bacterial dental disorder characterized …

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Shortness of Breath during Pregnancy

Is it normal to feel out of breath during pregnancy Like heartburn, indigestion and constipation, shortness of breath is yet another delightful symptom that most women experience at some stage of their pregnancy. It is a common and harmless sign, occurring from normal body changes …

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Hemorrhoids during Pregnancy

What are hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids, also referred to as piles, can be defined as varicose veins (swollen painful veins) of the anal canal or rectum [1]. Being one of the most common pregnancy symptoms, it affects around 50% of all pregnant women [2]. Although some women …

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Baby Blues

What is baby blues It is common for you to fell teary and jittery with your new born’s arrival. Baby blues is this changing psychological and emotional condition that a woman encounters after delivery. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists have stated that this …

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temp Linea Nigra

What is linea nigra? Linea nigra, literally meaning ‘the black line’, is one of the most common signs of pregnancy, characterized by a dark brownish line running up your abdomen between the pubic area and bellybutton, or even higher [1]. It is usually about 0.25 …

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temp Mask of Pregnancy (Chloasma)

What is melasma or the mask of pregnancy? Appearance of dark patches on the face, especially on the forehead and cheeks is called melasma or melasma gravidarum. The skin darkening usually occurs due to hormonal changes, making women more prone to this symptom than men …

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