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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of amazing changes, but you may feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to know about pregnancy and having a baby. Don’t worry, though—you don’t need to learn everything all at once! Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for your baby right now. Rest, eat well, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and get regular prenatal exams. Learn more about how to keep your baby and yourself healthy during your pregnancy.

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pregnant womanBaby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Feeling a bit blue for a week or two after childbirth is common. But if those “baby blues” last longer than a couple of weeks, it may be time to seek help. If you feel sad, hopeless, worthless, anxious, or empty for long periods of time, you may be suffering from postpartum depression, a serious condition that can become dangerous if left untreated. Be honest with the people you love about how you feel, and ask your doctor if counseling or medicine can help. Postpartum depression doesn’t mean you’re a bad mother—getting help makes you a great one.

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Healthy Habits for a Healthy Pregnancy

Taking care of yourself and your unborn baby during pregnancy really comes down to a few healthy habits. See your doctor or midwife regularly, eat a balanced diet, stay active if your doctor says it’s safe, and get plenty of rest. Talk to your doctor or midwife about any medicines you take, and avoid cigarette smoke, alcohol, and harmful chemicals. And of course, always wear a seat belt. Learn more quick tips on staying healthy during pregnancy.

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Can I Eat Fish While Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

Some fish contain mercury, a metal than can be harmful at high levels. For most people, this is okay, but pregnant women and nursing mothers should be careful. Avoid fish that’s high in mercury, such as shark, swordfish, and orange roughy. You can eat fish that contains smaller amounts of mercury, like shrimp, canned tuna, and salmon, but limit it to 2 or 3 times per week. Learn more about which fish are safe when pregnant or breastfeeding.

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SOCIAL MEDIA TEASERS

  • Pregnancy can feel overwhelming. Learn everything you ever wanted to know here.
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  • What’s the difference between “baby blues” and postpartum depression? Learn the signs and take our quiz.
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  • It’s never too early to start these healthy habits for a healthy pregnancy.
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  • Is it safe to eat fish while pregnant or breastfeeding? Learn which fish is safe and how much you can eat.
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