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One of the first steps you should take after finding out that you're pregnant is scheduling an appointment with your doctor to determine your prenatal care requirements. Your doctor will most likely set the first official prenatal test during your 6th or 8th week of pregnancy to begin monitoring your baby's development and screen for and rule out potential fetal problems or abnormalities. It is important to note that no screening method can diagnose birth defects; they can only indicate ...
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Everyone talks about "eating healthy" now that you're pregnant, but eating healthy is as much about which foods to add to your daily diet as it is about which foods to avoid for the sake of both you and your baby's health. The reason behind this is that during pregnancy, your body's metabolism and circulation undergo some basic changes that leave you more susceptible than usual to food poisoning and food-borne illness, which in extreme cases can be life-threatening to your ...
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As you enter your third trimester, your prenatal appointments should take place more frequently, and will typically be scheduled every other week after the 28th week until you give birth to your baby. Some doctors might ask you to come in every couple of days to monitor your progress more closely if you pass your 41st week of pregnancy. Below are some common tests that your doctor will probably have you take during this trimester.Fetal Non-Stress Test (NST)Simple and non-invasive, the non-stress...
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Now that you're entering your second trimester, your doctor should be scheduling a few more blood and screening tests for you to make sure your baby's development is on track and free of complications. As always, keep in mind that screening positive for chromosomal abnormalities or fetal development problems does not necessarily mean that the tests are entirely accurate, so make sure your doctor is experienced or seek a second opinion before going ahead and following further recommended ...
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Exercising During Pregnancy

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Prenatal exercise is great for boosting energy levels, alleviating stress and tension, reducing pregnancy aches, and contributing to overall good health for both you and your baby, but sometimes the daily pregnancy discomforts can leave you feeling less than enthusiastic about getting up and starting your workout routine. Here are a few tips on how to adjust your exercise activities around your daily symptoms.NauseaIf you're prone to morning sickness, try to find out when your nausea is less...
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Six Elements of a Healthy Diet

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Pregnant women have different nutritional needs, which is why things like which foods to start eating and avoiding will come to the forefront of the list of things you need to pay attention to. But following a healthy diet doesn't necessarily have to involve the adoption of a strict regimen, it simply means that you should pay more attention to your food choices. The following six guidelines adapted from The Whole Pregnancy Handbook by Joel M. Evans and Robin Aronson (Gotham Books, 2005), wi...
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