"Recreational" drugs? Not during pregnancy - Alcohol, cigarettes,
and all "recreational" drugs are strictly off-limits during
pregnancy, as they can cause birth defects even in small amounts.
Are hot tubs and saunas safe? - Pregnant women should use extreme caution
with hot tubs and saunas. Long exposure to high temperatures can lead
to birth defects, particularly during early pregnancy.
Ask before you medicate during pregnancy - Some prescription and over-the-counter
medications can harm your fetus, especially if taken early in your pregnancy.
Beautiful you: Comfy bra is a must during pregnancy - Choosing any bra,
much less a maternity bra, can be a puzzling experience. But during pregnancy,
as your breasts enlarge, chances are you'll be in the market for something new.
Beautiful you: Keep feet happy during pregnancy - Can you believe your
feet may grow a half size to a full size during the nine months that you
are pregnant? It's true.
Beautiful you: Pamper yourself at the hospital - Birth, even a hospital
birth, does not have to be a clinical event with no special touches of comfort.
Beautiful you: The skinny on skin: It changes during pregnancy - Skin changes
are common in pregnancy. Splotchy skin, itching, or a dark line running
straight down your tummy are all symptoms of skin changes that are very
common during pregnancy.
Beautiful you: To dye or not to dye? - It is impossible to absolutely guarantee
that dying your hair during pregnancy is safe. However, it's also
true that there's no evidence to indicate that hair dye causes birth defects.
Beautiful you: What to carry in your purse - It has been said that clothes
are what make the man or the woman. But in pregnancy, it can be the purse
that makes the woman.
Birth defects have many causes; some are preventable - There are a variety
of birth defects that cause varying degrees of disability. Although you
can't guarantee that you won't have a baby with birth defects,
there are steps you can take to prevent problems.
Caffeine: OK in moderation? - Caffeine (found in coffee, tea, cola and
other drinks, foods and drugs) is a stimulant that affects both mother and baby.
Choose your vaccinations carefully while pregnant - Many immunizations
are perfectly safe for the woman and fetus; others are likely to cause harm.
Dealing with fatigue on the job - Remember the deep fatigue that came over
you occasionally, or constantly, in your first trimester? If you're
like most women, you've enjoyed a surge of renewed energy in your
Don't give alcohol to minors - No amount of alcohol is safe in pregnancy.
For your baby's sake, quit drinking as soon as you learn you are pregnant
or, preferably, before you start trying to conceive.
Get control of high blood pressure now - If you have high blood pressure,
it is important to seek medical care at least six months to a year before
Get serious about dental care - Pregnancy can cause certain gum problems,
which should be treated right away. Routine dental care should preferably
be scheduled during the second trimester.
Good health habits make for beauty - Right after your baby is born, a healthy
lifestyle is best for beauty.
Pregnancy myths: Fact or fiction? - At some time during your pregnancy
you're going to hear some pregnancy myths. Most pregnancy myths have
little or no basis in medical fact.
Say "no" to kitty litter - Toxoplasmosis is a common infection
that can cause severe harm to a fetus. Contact with kitty litter or eating
uncooked or underdone meat are among common causes.
Skydiving? Not for a few months - If you lean toward the extreme in your
choice of sports, you'll be going on sabbatical for a few months,
for baby's sake.
Smoking poisons your baby - Smoking during pregnancy can cause serious
health problems, even death, for an unborn baby.
Staying comfortable in the home stretch - The ninth month of pregnancy
can be a strange time. You know you'll be giving birth soon, but you
can't know just when; it could be a week from now, or five weeks.
STDs pose special risks during pregnancy - Preventing sexually transmitted
diseases (STDs) is very important to you and your baby before and during
Taking herbs during pregnancy: Some help, but others can harm - Pregnant
women should use caution in taking herbs, especially during the first
To X-ray or not to X-ray? Just be cautious - Most doctors prefer that you
avoid any X-rays during the first trimester when your baby's organs
are being formed.
Your changing body: Keeping cool is key to comfort - It's hard to be
pregnant in the summer, especially if you live in an area where humidity is high.
Your changing body: The eyes have it during pregnancy - If you find yourself
dry-eyed and blinking with eye irritation, it's probably not just
the dry weather, or your contact lens prescription.
Your prenatal office visits are a time to learn - Follow a regular schedule
of prenatal check-ups to help prevent certain problems and to catch others
early, while they can be corrected.