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      • Common Discomforts During Pregnancy

        Nausea and vomiting are common in the first trimester, as is fatigue. Other common discomforts are hemorrhoids and heartburn.

      • Exercise During Pregnancy

        If you exercised before pregnancy, you can safely continue exercising. If you were inactive or you have medical complications, talk with your doctor before beginning to exercise.

      • First Trimester Fatigue

        For many women, the extreme tiredness of the first trimester is quite a surprise. And it’s an especially hard transition for those who are normally go-getters with lots of energy.

      • Headaches in Early Pregnancy

        Managing headaches is especially tricky in the first trimester when you should avoid medications.

      • Hormones During Pregnancy

        Many hormone levels are affected in the body during pregnancy, with several hormones playing major roles.

      • Managing Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy

        Hemorrhoids and varicose veins might seem to be two different, unrelated problems, but they are actually quite similar. And, they are a discomfort experienced by many women, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy.

      • Morning Sickness

        It’s hard to think positive when you’re feeling sick and nauseous. But those common pregnancy symptoms can benefit your baby. Find out how, and what it takes to ease your symptoms.

      • Nutrition During Pregnancy

        Not only is eating nutritious food good for you and your baby, it also can ease some of the discomforts of pregnancy. A balanced diet can help minimize symptoms such as nausea and constipation.

      • Pregnancy and Heartburn

        Chances are good that you’re one of more than three-fourths of pregnant women who experience the churning and burning of heartburn or acid indigestion. It typically hits somewhere in the second or third trimester, and it can be miserable.

      • Pregnancy and Posture

        Much back pain in pregnancy is related to the strain on your back from the weight of your growing baby. Using proper posture can help prevent and even relieve some of the pain.

      • Pregnancy and Skin Changes

        For many women, pregnancy brings glowing skin, rosy cheeks, and shiny hair. But others can experience skin changes that aren’t so attractive, including acne, dark spots, and stretch marks.

      • Sex During Pregnancy

        In most cases, sex during pregnancy is safe. In fact, with your doctor's approval, sexual relations can continue until delivery.

      • Sleeping During Pregnancy

        The best sleeping position for you is on your side, especially the left side, because it allows for maximum blood flow to the fetus and improves your kidney function.

      • Weight Gain During Pregnancy

        Average weight gain for women is between 25 and 35 pounds, although slight deviations from this may also be considered normal.

      • Work and Pregnancy

        Most women are able to work safely, in some cases, until the day of delivery, depending on the type of work performed and their condition.