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You may start to feel pregnancy aches and pains that you don't hear much about such as pain in your abdomen as your uterus stretches and pulls on the ligaments that attach it to the pelvic wall.

While this pain is not a warning sign to you or the baby, it is uncomfortable and you may feel better resting when this happens. If you feel severe pain or notice any bleeding, however, contact your caregiver immediately.

Ooh and ouch

What other kinds of pains might you be feeling now? Carpal tunnel syndrome is relatively common during pregnancy and results from a pinched nerve in the wrist.

In most cases, the problem disappears after you give birth, but some women will require surgery to correct carpal tunnel. In the meantime, you can keep yourself comfortable by elevating the affected hand or wearing a plastic splint at night.

Read more about pregnancy aches and pains you might not hear much about!

Getting real

Minsun, in her week 15 pregnancy diary entry:

"There's a great deal of hype about the magical second trimester. Just about everyone from my doctor to my cleaning lady assured me that I would just spring out of bed one day and do cartwheels all the way to the breakfast table. Even my single girlfriends endorsed this theory (as if having an occasional late period made them pregnancy experts). And for once, everybody was right! I haven't given a digestive encore for the Ty-D-Bol man in seven wonderful days, and I'm so happy I could cry. Although I still get queasy moments, for the most part, I feel like my old self -- only bigger."

See more pregnancy diaries here!

Skip the beer

Non-alcoholic cocktailsHave you ever felt like this? "I'm pregnant, but dying for a beer. Can't I have just a little alcohol?" We know you want it -- just one frosty brewski to go with your pizza or to have after work.

Your mom may have told you that she drank through her whole pregnancy -- and look, you're fine, right? Be that as it may, most major health organizations say to nix the alcohol -- be that beer, wine or any other liquored beverage.

Click to see what the experts had to say, and get some ideas for Nonalcoholic party drinks for moms-to-be here!

Just for fun

Madame Zaritska predicts your birth experience! Madame Zaritska, our virtual clairvoyant, wants to help you prepare for the arrival of your child. Answer the questions below, and Madame will do her best to predict certain aspects of your labor and birth experience. Click here to get your prediction now.

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