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PREGNANCY TIPS

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Indulge yourself. Once the baby comes you will have even fewer moments to yourself. Treat yourself to a lunchtime manicure, spoil yourself.

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Swimming is great in late pregnancy. It can help relieve a lot of aches and pains and makes you feel weightless.

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If you eat fast food regularly, aim to cut down your consumption to once or twice a week at the most.

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Count the kicks. You should feel the baby kick at least 10 times a day. Monitor these movements, as a lack of kicking could indicate a problem.

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Just because it is past your due date does not mean you are overdue

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For back pain during pregnancy, sit in chairs that have back support. The more posture you have the better your back will feel.

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Wear sunscreen. Being pregnant makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so you're more prone to sunburn and chloasma.

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Know who and when to tell. The first three months are the most common time for miscarriage; so give the baby time to get settled before you announce.

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Do not diet while pregnant. Weight gain during pregnancy is expected, so you are doing yourself and your baby a favour.

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Focus on the positive. You may hear negative things from friends or family members, such as scary birth stories. Ignore them.

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Take supplements to reduce discomfort in your aching legs. Leg cramps can be due to low calcium and magnesium levels during pregnancy.

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Do not take any medications, even over the counter medications, unless you have discussed them with your health care provider.

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Talk to your doctor before making any travel decisions. Ask if any health conditions you might have makes travel during pregnancy unsafe.

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Wear comfortable, non restricting shoes and put your feet up several times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.

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Ensure that your vaccinations are current, including those for chickenpox, rubella, measles and even the flu.

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Keep a diary or blog of your pregnancy; reflect on your thoughts and feelings. It makes the period easier.

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Wear your seat belt. Always use both your lap and shoulder belts. Ensure the straps go above and below your bump, not across it.

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Say yes to cravings sometimes. Experts say they may be natures way of providing nutrients an expectant mom may be lacking.

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Do not take any sleeping pills while pregnant, unless prescribed and approved by your doctor.

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Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage of prenatal supplements in an effort to reduce the amount of food you need to eat.