How Much Is Too Much Weight Gain During Pregnancy?

The media is all a buzz with the pregnancy of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry who are expecting their first child. How much weight she gains will be the topic of conversation for the coming months, along with her wardrobe of course.

There is no simple answer to the question how much is too much weight to gain during pregnancy. One should qualify the question for YOU. That number entirely depends on each woman and her weight pre-pregnancy.

So, what are the healthy guidelines for both you and the Duchess?   

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What Can An Ultrasound Tell You?

Friends and relatives of a pregnant mom are treated to pictures and videos of the growing fetus these days through social media platforms like Facebook, so it’s no surprise that ultrasounds are done earlier and earlier. An ultrasound can tell you many secrets like the gender of the baby unlike decades ago when it would be a surprise.

In addition to the baby’s gender, an ultrasound can inform both the parents-to-be and the physician about the health of the fetus.

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Common Health Issues for New Mothers

New moms may think they are ready to tackle anything once they’re at home with their sweet baby. After all, they have been through nine months of ups and downs, difficult sleeping, and morning sickness. Now that they have given birth, it should be smooth sailing, right? 

There are some common health issues for new mothers, so it’s best to be prepared both physically and emotionally to handle what may come next.

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Considering Getting Pregnant

I’m sure someone has told you “You’re never completely ready to have a baby.”

However there are some questions that you can answer ahead of time to ensure you’re as prepared as possible. Here are just a few questions to keep in mind while you plan your pregnancy: Continue reading “Questions to Ask Yourself Before Considering Getting Pregnant”

Common Summer Pregnancy Skin Issues

pregnant woman sitting on beach near lakeIt’s always important to protect your skin from the sun, but did you know that your skin is even more susceptible to damage while pregnant?

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Tips on Flying While Pregnant

Travelling while pregnantTraveling can be a little stressful, and the stress is only intensified if you’re traveling while pregnant. Whether you’re traveling for a summer vacation or work, it’s important to keep your comfort and health in mind. Here are a few tips for traveling during pregnancy: Continue reading “Tips on Flying While Pregnant”

Pregnancy and the Flu

Pregnant woman illnessAccording to the CDC, this flu season has hit the United States harder than in recent years. Because pregnancy can increase the length of infection and can lead to more complications, such as pneumonia, it’s important to know how to prevent the flu during pregnancy.

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The Facts about Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant woman during medical visitAmerican Diabetes Month takes place every November. Gestational diabetes affects more than 18 percent of pregnant women throughout the country. Though in most cases the condition is only temporary, it’s important to stay informed about the risk factors and life changes that need to happen if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

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Five Tips to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding TipsAugust is National Breast Feeding month, here are a few helpful tips that may make your decision on whether to breastfeed or use formula easier:

1. Attend a breastfeeding class

Taking a course on breastfeeding is important in order to know what to expect. In a class, you can learn about nursing positions for you and the baby. You can also find out how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk.

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