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That preggo glow

Simply glowing?

Do you have the "glow" of pregnancy? One mom, halfway through her pregnancy, asked, "I was wondering how many of us have found that 'Pregnancy glow?'"

Message board mom Stephanie said, "With my daughter, I really did glow. I think it was because during my second trimester I felt so good (better than I ever had before) and I was so happy. I'm still waiting for this with this pregnancy. I am looking a bit better. The 'green' look of the first trimester has left, and I'm not looking so old."

Here's what 10 other mid-termers had to say!


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Attention!

If your blood is Rh Negative, you will probably be given an injection of Rhogam at your next doctor's visit. Rhogam is a protein serum that will keep a woman with Rh negative blood from developing antibodies to Rh positive blood ("sensitizing" her). Click here to read more, and if you don't get this injection, talk to your care provider to be sure you're not at risk.


Another reason to stay fit

Sure -- you know that exercising during your pregnancy will help you cope with labor and birth. But according to James M Clapp, MD, author of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, it also prepares your baby for the big event.

Pregnancy fitness

He explains that the moderate stress of exercise produces certain adaptations in the baby such as a bigger, healthier placenta and increased ability to deal with short decreases in oxygen.

Dr Clapp's years of research support the claim that women can exercise before, during and after their pregnancies. "Women feel better [and] perform better, " he says, "Their babies will be stronger physiologically and perhaps better developed neurologically."


The gall of it all

You probably know by now that aches and pains during pregnancy are pretty typical -- and by the time it's all over, you'll know that it is all worth it. However, one kind of pain can cause problems not only during pregnancy, but also follow you into the postpartum period. After the birth of a child, many women find themselves with stabbing pains and other intestinal discomforts. What is it?

No, it's not your uterus returning to its pre-pregnant size, and we don't mean heartburn -- we're talking about the pain caused by gallstones. In fact, some women have such tremendous pain that their gall bladders are removed during pregnancy, though removal soon after pregnancy is more common.

Find out why -- read about Gall bladder problems during and following pregnancy here.

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