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27 weeks pregnant

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To keep your tiptoes in tip-top shape, why not treat yourself to a relaxing pedicure? (The fact that you can't see your feet is not a valid reason for not pampering yourself.) The Foot Nurse, Patti Glick suggests that you keep a few things in mind.

For one, "It's not recommended that pregnant women soak in warm water very long, since that can promote swelling. And, in general, don't allow the clinician to trim the cuticles of the toenails because there is the possibility of introducing an infection." Read more about pedicures during pregnancy here.

Hormone rollercoaster

You may be experiencing some mood swings during this time: crying spells, moments of elation and/or feeling out of control. These emotions are a normal part of pregnancy and occur because of hormonal shifts... and there's not much you can do but discuss them with your partner, a friend or other women going through the same things. Rest assured, you will get through these feelings.

"Seeing" your baby

SonogramMillions of ultrasounds are performed each year, usually to rule out certain disorders or problems. For many parents, the ultrasound is a memorable first contact with the little one (or little ones) inside. And while the pictures are great to have, it can be hard to tell what you're looking at. Check out these ultrasound images of babies at various stages of development!

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Stretch marks

It's a stretch

Among the most common of all pregnancy-related skin problems is undoubtedly stretch marks -- those deep red, sometimes blue lines that can occur not only on your tummy, but also on your breasts, upper arms, hips, thighs and even your buttocks.

Medically known as striae gravidarum, they usually begin in the second trimester, frequently starting at the navel and fanning out over your abdomen in what a pregnant girlfriend of mine now refers to as her "personal beach ball" pattern.

Can you prevent stretch marks?

While the folklore on how to prevent stretch marks has practically become a cottage industry, the reality is, there are only a few factors that are capable of influencing whether or not you experience this problem. First and foremost is your heredity. If your mom had stretch marks -- or if you had them in a previous pregnancy -- then you're a prime candidate now. Ethnicity matters too. While African American women are the least likely to experience stretch marks, natural blondes with light complexions are at greatest risk.

Click here for stretch mark advice!

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