The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Birth: A Complete Self Help Guide to Active Birth and Early Parenthood, Including an A-Z of Modern Obstetrics
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Full of valuable information, this book will help expectant mothers through every stage of their pregnancy. It includes sections on self-help, comprehensive medical reference, and plenty of practical tips. There is also a handy section about various health issues during pregnancy and how to deal with them.
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I am 4 weeks pregnant with my second baby… this is not my first one but its been 8 years since my first one!!.. Back then i have my mom to guide me thru my pregnancy.. Another things is my life style & the place I am living has been change from my first pregnancy.. I used to live in my Beloved country (Philippines) now i reside here in U.S… Thing is there is a big difference living there and living her (e.g) food, medicine, weather & more… I need a major help!!.. I want to have a healthy baby!!!

1. What kind of workout i can do?!?.. When I wasn’t pregnant yet, i go to gym 5 times a week 2 hours each day!!.. I do intense workout before..

2. Is it healthy for me to continue my diet habit?!.. Sometimes i miss a meal.. or just eat fruits for the whole day!!.. I need a healthy diet tips now that I am pregnant.. ( How often I can eat sea foods??!)

3. Can i still drink coffee?!?.. I love coffee so much!!!.. I can finish 2 venti machiato from starbucks or 2 large ice coffee from mcdonalds… (If I can’t can I sub it with decaf or if I can how low should i cut it down?!?)


Exercises for shoulders and obliques that can safely be performed throughout your entire pregnancy. Effective, safe moves for anyone interested in strengthening and toning their body.


Pregnancy, with or without multiples, is not the time to try to lose weight.   However, you do not need to gain inordinate amounts, which will be difficult to lose later, either.   Try to keep your weight gain within the guidelines provided by your doctor.

Depending on your pre-pregnancy weight, the recommended weight gain will vary, but a good rule of thumb is as follows:

If you are at a healthy starting weight with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 18.5 to 24.9, for a singleton pregnancy your weight gain should be around 25 to 35 pounds, which is broken down as 3 to 5 pounds in the first trimester and 1 pound every week thereafter.   For a twin pregnancy, the guidelines have traditionally been about 10 pounds more than a singleton, for a total weight gain of 35 to 45 pounds.   Many doctors are now recommending 24 pounds by week 24 and 1.5 pounds every week thereafter.   Since 38 weeks is considered full-term with twins, based on this, your total weight gain should be around 45 pounds, give or take depending on whether you are underweight or overweight to begin with.

The best way to keep your weight in check is by following a healthy diet.   Start by cutting out the junk such as sugars, refined carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats, but don’t skimp on the good stuff.  Unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor, exercise is safe during pregnancy and provides many benefits to you and your baby (or babies).   One of the benefits (of many), is helping to regulate your weight gain.

Remember that the BMI guidelines DO NOT apply to a woman during pregnancy.   This should be used only as a tool for your starting weight.   If you are concerned about your weight gain, please speak with your doctor or midwife for advice.

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I am just curious, because I swear that last night I felt the fetus move, but I am not sure, as it’s my first pregnancy. So, just wondering how far I’d have to be before I would be able to feel any movement.


Pregnancy is a time of amazing joy. A woman bringing life into the world. You pick out baby furniture, paint the room and begin setting it up. Clothes that always seemed small and darling will be what your child will be wearing. You gain weight slowly and get to see the baby on an ultrasound. However, for many women, the joy of child birth can bring panic attacks too. So how does a pregnant woman deal with panic attacks?

Well, to be honest, the attacks can happen before the woman decides to get pregnant and after she has the baby in post partum depression. It is noted that six percent of women who do develop panic disorder get it after the child is born. However, both points are still being studied on.

There are several stressors in our lives… both positive and negative events. Example: You take a new job…a positive effect. Yet, there are many things that need to be done that causes stress.

Getting pregnant is the same way. It can be positive and joyous but it is one of the most changing life event ever experienced. It can cause panic disorders through the tension and stress that is caused from the anxiety one feels.

When the stress level rises, physical panic reactions ensue. This can make them feel as if they have lost all control of their mind and body. Some even feel that have lost their self-esteem. This is the time when self-esteem should be at its highest level before the baby’s birth.

In the third trimester, the brain produces a chemical called serotonin which produces during fear and worry times. Since the chemical is released, panic attacks can become frequent and be intense.

As the impact of the pregnancy grows, the woman’s ability to cope with family and the impending birth is starting to take a toll on her. For those who have suffered panic attacks during pregnancy, it is not uncommon to feel even more frustration and fear already felt from just being pregnant.

It is imperative that pregnant women and her family understand what goes on when she is suffering with panic disorder. The body is already in extreme distress from the pregnancy and panic attacks further aggravate the issue. She may find she cannot cope, cannot be trusted to make good judgments and is more tired trying to maintain self control. There are some mothers-to-be who suffer self-doubt about being a good mother.

Physical symptoms of a panic attack in pregnancy is much similar to everyone else who gets panic attacks. They are:

* Shortness of breathe
* Racing heartbeats
* Hot flashes
* dizziness

Psychological effects can be described by the following symptoms:

* fear of losing control
* fear of dying
* fear of being inadequate

Should a pregnant woman suffer from panic disorder, it is imperative she speak with her physician. Sometimes a mild prescription can be given to her if the symptoms warrant it. These effects can be quite debilitating but taking responsibility for the treatment plan can help in reducing anxiety.

Relaxation techniques including meditation and yoga are suitable programs for pregnant women. Plus a woman can change her negative thoughts into positive ones and reduce the low self esteem that she feels.

If at all possible, if there are signs of stress or anxiety, family members and the woman should be seen by her doctor.

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Early Pregnancy Guide would like to highlight the naivity of this girl. She probably isn’t even aware of the serious moral implication of her actions. She wrote :

Quote ” six months back also i had abortion so health wise will it be safe to again? my first issue is girl now we want son so this is also important issue. how i can be sure if the foetus is male or female? if pregnancy is continue 4 how many months i can feed my first child ? mind is so puzzled please guide me ”

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Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga & Short Forms
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Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga with Jennifer Wolfe offers a complete, safe, and active workout for all 3 trimesters and prepares you, your body and your baby for childbirth and postpartum recovery.This 2 DVD set provides you the most flexibility to tailor your yoga practice to meet your busy schedule and your energy level. It Features: 15, 30, 45 & 75 Minute Practices: Choose the length of your practice each day based on how much time you have and how your body is feeling. Each practice is different, so you won’t get bored. 5 & 15 Minute Relaxations: Prepare your mind[Read More]

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