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29 weeks pregnant

Eating when working out

The question: "How long should I wait after eating and/or drinking before working out?"

Drink tea

Prenatal and postnatal fitness consultant Lisa Stone, ACE answers: "There has been plenty of discussion among fitness professionals concerning what and when to eat and drink before exercise. During pregnancy, it is especially important to maintain steady blood sugar levels throughout the day to relieve nausea and to increase energy. My recommendation is to eat several small meals throughout the day, making sure to include plenty of fresh fruit and veggies as well as low-fat dairy items and lean protein choices." Read the rest of her advice here.


Maternity bra

One sexy perk of pregnancy is an increase in breast size. In fact, most women find their breast size increases at least one cup size during pregnancy. How do you care for your new cleavage?

First, buy a well-fitting bra: Once your pre-pregnancy bra feels tight and uncomfortable (and is already on the loosest setting) it is time to buy a maternity bra. If you plan on nursing, you may want to consider buying a nursing bra you can wear after baby is born.

For more tips, check out Pregnancy cleavage: Caring for your new bustline

Relax, mom

Pregnancy is the perfect opportunity to spend time in a little self-indulgence. After all, it won't be long before most of your time is spent caring for your little one. If you've never stepped foot in a spa, now is the time! You will be pampered, primped and relaxed into a state you never knew existed.

Your healthcare provider probably already warned you to stay away from hot tubs and saunas -- the high temperature causes your blood vessels to dilate, increasing your chances for lightheadedness. Because of this, any treatments that involve the use of heat are out: seaweed wraps, mud baths and herbal wraps. Some of the all-body scrubs should be avoided, as well, as they are too harsh for pregnancy.

Click here to read more hints on how to get the most out of your pregnancy spa visit.

Weighty issues

Gain that weight, but don't overdo it, doctors say. Women who gain more than the recommended weight during pregnancy and who fail to lose this weight six months after giving birth are at much higher risk of being obese nearly a decade later, according to research published in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Gaining weight?

Researchers say women who were able to lose pregnancy weight were not as heavy years later as women who retained the pregnancy weight at six months postpartum. The study also found that women who breastfed beyond three months held onto less “baby fat” than those who did not breastfeed, or who breastfed for only two weeks or less.

Find out more about gaining weight -- and not gaining weight -- during pregnancy:

A home start

Have you considered having a homebirth but just don't know where to begin?

Gentle Birth Choices: A Guide to Making Informed Decisions About Birthing Centers, Birth Attendants, Water Birth, Home Birth, Hospital Birth is a book that was written to answer the many questions surrounding homebirth, from choosing your caregiver to getting the supplies you need to dealing with the inevitable questions from friends and family.

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