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On your feet all day?

Pregnant womanA P&B reader asks: "I work as a cashier and am on my feet all day. What can I do to relieve the strain on my body as pregnancy progresses? Anything I can do on breaks or at the end of the day, too?"

Lisa Stone, an ACE-certified Pre-and Post-Natal Fitness Instructor, answers: Being on your feet all day, especially during pregnancy, can be brutal! Please make sure to take enough breaks so that you don't over-stress your back, knees, ankles, and feet. Also, don't stand in one place for more than 10-15 minutes at a time -- instead, shift your weight, walk between registers if possible, and be sure to do ankle circles at every opportunity.

During your breaks, do some neck circles, pelvic tilts to stretch your lower back, shoulder circles, and gentle stretching. If you have a long enough break, try to go for a short walk to improve your circulation. During the day, drink LOTS of water, even if it means you have to take a couple of extra potty breaks.

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Birth class basics

I bet you thought the days of of sitting in class were long gone… But, now that you find yourself expecting a little bundle soon, you’re going to need to choose a childbirth class, and with your baby’s well being in mind, this can be trickier even than choosing your college courses.  However, you should choose a class because childbirth classes benefit you, your partner and your baby.

Here’s a rundown: Childbirth class 101 - choose the best childbirth class for you

Dealing with rude comments

annoyed pregnant woman

"Excuse me?!"

The fact that you are expecting is probably obvious to anyone that sees you, and people may start telling you that you look either too big to be carrying only one baby, or you're too small to be six months pregnant.

Comments like these may upset you, but the best way to assure yourself that you are progressing normally is to check with your caregiver. She or he will measure you at each visit to be sure that you (and the baby!) are growing consistently, which is what matters.

Mama in real life

I feel so huge lately, even though I'm really not. And I'm walking really slowly! I've started asking my co-workers to pick up my pages at the proofer, even though that's the only time I get out of my chair all night, because it just takes so long to walk down there and back! I really need to get a maternity belt thingy -- at the end of the day, Caroline just feels so heavy to be toting around.

- Denise, Week 24

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Midlife mom?

Midlife momYou might get some interesting "feedback" from the ever-nosy stranger. Beatrice Muller felt this first hand. As she was purchasing a dress for her unborn baby, the woman next to her complimented her on the beautiful gift -- saying she was sure her granddaughter would appreciate it.

Beatrice says, "I felt a little taken aback. I don't even have gray hair yet, apart from very few strands, and I am dark-haired. On the other hand, I have been waiting for something like this for a long time. It did not bother me for long, and I got a good laugh out of it when I told it to my husband."

Click here for more on comments, as well as finances for 40+ moms.

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