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"What is Pica? Should I Worry?"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 23, 2017

Question: "My sister just told me that when she was pregnant, she had pica syndrome. What is pica? Should I worry that I may have this too since she did?"

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, healthy eating, pregnancy health, pregnancy nutrition, pregnancy help, pica syndrome during pregnancy, pregnancy pica syndrome

Pregnancy Q&A: Can I Take Allergy Medication While I'm Pregnant?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 30, 2017

Question: I’m nine weeks along, and my allergies have really bugging me. I usually take Zyrtec for it, but my mom says that I shouldn’t have it at all now, and that it could hurt my baby. Can I take allergy medication while I’m pregnant?  Help!

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Topics: antihistamines during pregnancy, allergy medication pregnant, Healthy pregnancy, safe allergy medication during pregnancy, Can I take allergy medication while I’m pregnant?

Pregnancy Q&A: Is It Safe to Tan While I'm Pregnant?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 19, 2017

Question: "I've always tanned in tanning beds starting right around this time of year. My skin is soo pale, I feel like I look like a ghost if I don't have a healthy glow! But this spring, I'm preggo. Is it safe for me to tan while I'm pregnant?"

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, Look great during pregnancy, pregnancy tips

How To Find Free Prenatal Yoga Videos

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 14, 2017

You might remember that last week, we shared about 5 Prenatal Yoga Poses You Need to Know. Today, we’re expanding on the topic of prenatal yoga and giving info about where you can go to find FREE prenatal yoga videos!

There are so many sites out there offering free prenatal yoga!

Here are a few of our favorite yoga for pregnant women classes:

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Topics: prenatal yoga, pre-natal yoga, pregnancy yoga, Healthy pregnancy

5 Prenatal Yoga Poses You Need to Know

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 7, 2017

Prenatal yoga is a great way to prep your body for labor! It’ll develop your stretching, mental focus, and breathing. Different poses in yoga target and enhance different organs. Studies have shown that prenatal yoga can have tons of benefits for pregnant women and their babies! Today, we’re sharing 5 basic yoga poses that you can easily do at home as prenatal exercise.

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Topics: prenatal yoga, pregnancy yoga, Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy stretches

10 Free Pregnancy Apps That’ll Help You!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 17, 2017

Technology and the way we get information has changed so much since smartphones came around. Still, you might be surprised if your doctor recommends that you check out apps for staying up to date on your baby’s development!

The 10 apps for pregnancy we list do a wide variety of things, from giving you free prenatal workouts to comparing your baby’s size to certain fruits! Here are some of our favorite pregnancy apps out there:

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy tips, pregnancy week-by-week, pregnancy apps, apps for pregnancy, smart phone pregnancy app, pregnancy apps for iPhone, pregnancy apps for Droid

Do I Have to Change What I Eat When I'm Pregnant?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 25, 2016

If you were a healthy eater before you become pregnant, you probably just need to make a few adjustments. Pregnant women don't need any extra calories in their first trimiester. But once you enter your second trimester, it's recommended that you eat 340 more calories a day, and that number goes up to 450 more calories a day in your third trimester. (Source: American Dietetic Association (ADA). The ADA suggests that pregnant women eat a total of 2,500-2,700 calories daily.

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy health

What is Preeclampsia?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 16, 2016

If you have high blood pressure, a high level of protein in your urine, and swelling in your feet, legs, and hands, you may have a condition called preeclampsia. Your doctor will be keeping an eye out for this, so make sure to ask him or her if you feel like you have those symptoms.

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, preeclampsia, pregnancy health, pregnancy conditions

7 Simple Tips for Handling Mood Swings During Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 12, 2016

If you feel like your moods are all over the place during your pregnancy, you're not alone. Many pregnant women get teary easily, or get irritated easily and feel that they can't control their emotions. Plus, dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and facing the stress of making a choice of what you'll do is probably adding to your feelings of being out of control.

Here are some simple tips for how you can manage what seems like uncontrollable emotions:

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy counseling, pregnancy tips, mood swings during pregnancy

The Top 5 Free Pregnancy Apps

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on January 1, 2016

Smart phones (like iPhones and Droids) are great for lots of things, such as checking your email & Facebook, playing games, adding fun apps, checking the weather, and setting up reminders for yourself.

But did you know that there are also lots of great pregnancy apps out there? We’ve put together a list of 5 free apps that we think are handy to have to answer your questions when you’re pregnant:

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Topics: Healthy pregnancy, pregnancy tips, pregnancy week-by-week