Pregnancy: Safe or Not
When you're pregnant, there are a whole new set of health guidelines to follow. Find out what is safe to do and what isn't.
Hair Dye and Nail Polish During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Every pregnant woman deserves some pampering, but are hair dye and nail polish safe? We'll tell you how to navigate the salon.
is totally safe for you and your baby. When it comes to hair dye , there's no need to break up with your hairdresser. Studies suggest it's totally okay to use because there's so little dye absorbed into your scalp. If you wanna be extra safe, switch to
Alcohol During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Is it okay to have a glass of wine every so often while pregnant? Here's the truth about alcohol and your fetus.
if you wanna go really crazy, get salter with a splash of orange juice or a splash of cranberry juice . Any amount of alcohol? It's not safe-- even just one glass of wine or one can of beer. I know you have a friend who's like, "But I drank wine, my baby's fine." Maybe that one baby is fine. But that doesn't mean yours will be. Alcohol crosses the placenta and goes straight to your developing baby. That can lead to really bad stuff, like brain damage , heart damage, and general deformities in your little one. Research shows that just one to two drinks in the first trimester can increase
Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
If you're wondering whether you can still have your cup of coffee in the morning, learn exactly how much caffeine you can drink while pregnant.
8-ounce cup, which weighs at 180 mg of caffeine. Not a big coffee drinker ? You can have roughly 3 cups of black tea and still be within the safe range for caffeine. Studies show that women who ignore the 200 mg can have twice the risk of miscarriage. So know your limit. There are three different processes used to decaffeinate your favorite drinks. Two of 'em, indirect decaffeination and the Swiss water process are both perfectly safe. Some companies use what's called the direct process where your coffee beans and tea leaves come into direct contact with harsh chemicals. That's the one you should avoid. Read labels and ask about the
Yoga During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Yoga is great for exercise and relieving stress, but there are some poses that you should avoid. Find out which moves aren't pregnancy-friendly.
aren't safe include Bikram or Hot yoga, inversions; those actually limit the blood flow to your head and lying flat on your back. And don't even think about pushing yourself too hard. Overall, if you're brand
Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Stress can become more common when you've got a baby on the way, but it shouldn’t be keeping you up at night. See if you need to take it easy.
store before it closes, and even getting a routine test at your doctor's office , that's perfectly normal and safe. When worrying keeps you up late at night, that's not okay. It can cause fatigue and lower your immune system , making you more likely to get sick. There are lots of little ways to reduce stress in your life. If you can
Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Some of those over the counter medications you took pre-pregnancy might not be safe now. Here’s what you can have and when to ask you doctor.
hot? You might be tempted to grab your go-to remedy from the medicine cabinet , but not all over-the-counter pain relievers are safe for you and baby. Here is the skinny on what you can pop and
Prescription Drugs During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
If your doctor gave you a prescription before you got pregnant, it might not be safe now. Learn what is okay to take and when to talk to your doctor.
to your pregnancy. Over all, as soon as you get that positive pregnancy test , talk to your doctor about any prescription medications you're taking.
Herbal Medicine During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Just because something is all-natural doesn't mean that it is safe for Baby. Here's what you shouldn't have during your pregnancy.
so is Equinacea, an herb that some people take to boost their immune system , but used as directed. If you're going to take either supplement, it's a good idea to tell your doctor. So many herbs
Household Chores During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Household chores are a necessary part of life, but should you be doing all your usual tasks while pregnant? Find out what is safe and what isn't.
of yourself and your home. But should you lay off on everyday household chores while you're pregnant? Here's the real deal on what's okay and what's not. You can keep doing the light stuff like washing dishes , dusting, or cleaning surfaces with green chemical-free products. And you'll be thrilled to know you can keep making the bed. It may
Cheese During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Cheese is delicious, but unfortunately not all of it is safe for Baby. Learn which kinds of cheese you can eat and which you should avoid during your pregnancy.
cheese is made with milk that's been heat processed to kill any harmful bacteria that might have been in it. Check labels to make sure they say pasteurized and don't worry about hard cheeses like cheddar, parm, Swiss, or gouda. Those are always okay to eat. Raw or unpasteurized cheese like some blue cheese , brie, or feta might be delicious, but they haven't always been heat processed and can contain freaky bacteria like Listeria, Salmonella, or