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If you have older children, is is safe to carry them around while you're pregnant? Family Physician Jane Forester has some information about how to make it as safe as possible by protecting your back.

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The main concern in carrying your children is not the safety of your unborn child -- he or she is well tucked in -- but the safety of your back. (Keep in mind all the Chinese women who work sixteen hour days in rice paddies -- bending, lifting and carrying heavy loads throughout their entire pregnancies -- without a higher incidence of miscarriage than the general population.)

Our bodies are made to safely support a fetus, despite all the routine and sometimes extreme activities we put our bodies through during pregnancy. However, back injuries to the mother can occur during pregnancy, but they are mostly caused from improper lifting or carrying.

For the rest of her answer, click here -- and get tips on managing back pain here.


She said what?!

When your belly bump begins to really show, it's like a calling card for rude comments and inappropriate questions. Pregnant women have to deal with everything from questions about their reproductive fitness to offhand remarks about their weight. If you are pregnant and getting these comments, don't worry: You aren't alone.

>>> Rude pregnancy comments: How to deal


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Shaving your legs while pregnant can be... interesting. You’re not as easily flexible (for all those fancy one-legged stands in the shower) and pregnancy super charges your hormones which can make your legs more sensitive to shaving creams and other shaving gear.

To keep your legs smooth throughout your pregnancy, check out the ideas in Smooth and safe pregnancy shaving.


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Like walking, breastfeeding is a skill. Both come naturally, but both require practice. Babies take baby steps before they run, and pregnant moms should take their breastfeeding "baby steps" before their hungry newborn arrives.

Breastfeeding counselor Marie Zahorick has twelve tips to help you prepare, starting with these two:

Tip 1: "Start your preparation during pregnancy! Follow your caregiver's recommendations for a healthy baby. Most healthy babies will breastfeed eagerly within their first hour of life. If you can't breastfeed in the first hour, don't give up, your baby will learn!"

Tip 2: "Gain the recommended amount of weight. The fat you gain during pregnancy is Mother Nature's way of ensuring enough calories for your breastfeeding baby. Breastfeeding also burns several hundred calories a day."

Read the rest of these tips here!