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Pregnant ballerina?

Pregnant ballet

If ballet is your favorite way to stretch, tone and stay fit, can you keep up your routines during your pregnancy? Lisa Stone, an ACE-certified Pre-and Post-Natal Fitness Instructor, has some information.

Simone in Texas wonders:  "I love to dance ballet for exercise. Is this okay during pregnancy?"

Lisa answers: "Ballet is great exercise -- and it's fun, too! You should be able to safely continue with ballet throughout your pregnancy. As your belly and breasts grow, balance may become an issue for you, though. Don't be afraid to use the barre more than usual if you need it for balance."

To read more about ballet during pregnancy, click here!

When the doc is hot

Aranicole in Kentucky is interviewing new Ob/Gyns, and has an unusual problem...

"This one doc that I interviewed is so nice, and explained more to me in my interview with him than has been explained by any of my OBs at the place I go to now. Here's the thing: This guy is soooooo hot. I mean, yeah, he's a little old... but oh my! Like a Harrison Ford/George Clooney mix. I don't know if I will be able to go to him... I will feel all weird -- like I have to get a bikini wax before my appointments!"

"Seeing" your baby

Millions 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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Pregnancy: An Olympic event

When you see another pregnant woman -- in the grocery store, at your caregiver's office, lying on the bed next to you in the labor room -- we bet we know the first thing you do. You probably think you're being casual, perhaps even surreptitious, as you slowly give her the head-to-toe once over and mentally rank her pregnant body, pound for pound, against your own.

We would like to let you know that there is nothing casual about competitive pregnancy. In fact, we have commissioned the Olympic Committee to approve this sport by the next Games. It only makes sense; there are at least 1,573,572 active matches in progress in any given five-minute span.

Competitive pregnancy is one of the Deep Dark Secrets of the Sisterhood. We know you know what we mean. We know that you would drop everything and rush to any sister in need, on a moment's notice. You would hold her hand during labor, sit up with her colicky kids in the middle of the night so that she could sleep, even clean up the bodily fluids of her precious babes if need be -- but all the while, you would secretly think that you do pregnancy better.

To read on, click  here!

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