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Seven Foods That Fight Inflammation and Belly Fat

When eaten on a regular basis, foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce inflammation in the body, helping to prevent the long-term health consequences associated with it — but only if you also eliminate the foods that cause inflammation. When inflammation is under control, not only will you have more energy and feel better overall, but you’ll also find that weight loss and reduction of belly fat both become easier! [more…]

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Ten Super-Stressful Jobs

Some types of jobs trigger more stress than others. What follows is a list of 10 jobs or work settings that are judged to be some of the most stressful. These particular jobs were chosen because of the degree of dangers or hazards involved, the demands of the job, the amount of control the person has over what he or she does, the levels of responsibility required, and the number of hours worked. [more…]

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Exercise During Your Third Trimester

In the third trimester (weeks 27–40), depending on how you feel, you may need to switch to low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, and indoor cycling. In fact, some women are so fatigued and [more…]


What's a Birth Plan?

Put simply, a birth plan is a document you create to communicate your wishes and requests to your medical practitioner, the birth team, and your support team [more…]


Make Informed Birth Plan Choices

You may wonder why you should bother considering all the many options for dealing with events that may not even happen during your birth. The reason is simple: Thinking straight is much easier when you're [more…]


Visualizing Your Ideal Birth

Everyone's ideal image of birth is different. One mother may consider the perfect birth to be in a well-equipped hospital with an immediate epidural, and another mother may consider her perfect birth to [more…]


Write Down Your Birth Plan

A written birth plan helps you communicate your concerns and wishes to your medical practitioner. Discussing your plans for childbirth before you go into labor is essential, and having a written plan in [more…]