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Your body now

Your breasts may already be preparing themselves to nurse the baby. They may feel tender and will probably be growing larger. You can help relieve some of the soreness by wearing a soft cotton sports bra (even at night) and also make sure you are not drinking large amounts of caffeine.

There are many signs of pregnancy, ranging from those that make you wonder if you might just be pregnant to those that even your caregiver will consider proof positive. Here's a look and the signs and symptoms you may experience, and how likely each one is to be correct!


No worries!

With so much on your mind these days, it's nice to know that there are some things that you do not have to worry about. For example, you might wonder, "Is it really safe to exercise during pregnancy? I can't help worrying that exercising may be harmful to my baby."

Author Ann Douglas answers: "Most women who are experiencing low-risk pregnancies can safely continue with their pre-pregnancy workout regime. Remaining physically active can, in fact, reap tremendous dividends for both mother and baby. Of course, women who are experiencing certain types of pregnancy complications or who are at risk of experience preterm labor may be advised to put their workout plans on hold until after the delivery. In this case, you'll want to follow your doctor's recommendations."

To read the rest of Ann's awesome list of things you don't have to worry about, click here!

Ideas & inspiration

Do you know the best things you can do to help avoid catching the cold or the flu? Wash your hands often, keep your hands away from your face (mouth, nose and eyes), reduce stress, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. For more healthy advice, check out Top 3 immune building recipes to ward off cold and flu.

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In the know

One drug that is known to cause severe birth defects is Accutane, or isotretinoin. Accutane, a derivative of vitamin A, is a powerful prescription drug that can clear severe cystic acne, but can cause birth defects (such as heart defects, small jaw, cleft palate, and skull and facial disfigurements) in about 1 out of every 4 exposed fetuses. Accutane can also cause miscarriages. The FDA notes that since its approval, Accutane has been labeled in pregnancy Category X, meaning it should not be used during pregnancy.

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