It is no secret that the health benefits of routine physical exercise are many. Working out improves your mental health, helps with weight control, boosts your energy levels, improves sleep, and can prevent the onset of many medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
It seems kind of weird that you’d get tested for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) when you’re pregnant, but that’s exactly what doctors are recommending now. Why? Certain STIs can be transferred to the baby if they’re left untreated—and can have serious repercussions.
You’re feeling pretty lousy. You’ve got sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu, or allergies? It can be hard to tell them apart because they share so many symptoms. But understanding the differences will help you choose the best treatment.
Why shouldn’t you be able to eat what you want (or not)? My word, you are pregnant for goodness sake. So much of what is happening to you is out of your control – sometimes it seems like food is your only solace against the swelling, stretch marks, and sleepless nights.
I became pregnant with my first son when I was 33 years old. When my husband and I went to our 6-hour long birthing class at our hospital, I pretty much tuned out during the breathing exercises. Everything they told me about what you could do to help during labor if you went without drugs or an epidural basically went in one ear and out the other. I just knew I wasn’t going to need those tips.