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5 Ways to prevent varicose veins during pregnancy


If you are pregnant or have been pregnant, then you know that you experience many symptoms during those 40 weeks. One of the most annoying? Varicose veins. Many of us think that they occur as we get older, but some women experience the unsightly veins during pregnancy.

If you're worried about getting them, not to worry, there are some easy ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.

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5 Things you thought you couldn't do while pregnant, but totally can

If I had a dime for everything someone assumed I couldn't do while pregnant--well, you know. Seriously, pregnancy is not a death sentence. Your life does not suddenly end because you are growing another person in your uterus. Sure, there are some things you should avoid, like, you know, drugs, cigarettes, hard alcohol. But for the most part--with the exception of high-risk pregnancies--you can actually continue to live your life much as you always have. Here are five things you thought you couldn't do while pregnant, but totally can: 

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10 Latina old wives tales about pregnancy


I was raised listening to traditional old wives tales handed down from my abuelita and my tías. When I became pregnant with my first baby, the advice was given freely. Moms-to-be often hear lots of pregnancy advice but Latina moms-to-be also get a lot of well-meaning advice based on traditional beliefs and superstition, most of which has no basis in science. But if your abuelita cares enough to share her wisdom, especially if she's had nine kids like mine did, you better lovingly listen out of respect.

When I was pregnant I was stressed enough as it was just being pregnant and hoping for a healthy baby. So to relieve a little bit of that stress here are the 10 common old wives tales about pregnancy believed by our Latina mamis and abuelas that have absolutely no scientific evidence to back them up so no worries.

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The every day healthy habit that can RAISE your risk of miscarriage

A new study has found that women who take multivitamins while trying to conceive are at a higher risk of having a miscarriage than those who don't. Published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the study included 35,000 moms-to-be in Denmark who took the supplements regularly in the six weeks prior to becoming pregnant. The results showed that they were 32 percent more likely to suffer a miscarriage. 

After ruling out factors such as obesity, smoking and previous miscarriages, researchers of the largest study of its kind could not figure out the cause.

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2 Healthy moms die during childbirth & hospital may be to blame


Two healthy moms died giving birth to their babies within a month sparking investigations at South Shore Hospital in Massachusetts. The moms, 30-year-old Christie Fazio and 32-year-old Colleen Celia both died during a C-section procedure.

Although deaths related to childbirth are rare nowadays, the hospital says it did everything it could to save the women.

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Drew Barrymore has NO right to tell moms not to complain about pregnancy


America's sweetheart Drew Barrymore is pregnant with her second child and surely very excited. You know, so excited that you get a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth? No filter and no thought whatsoever? Well, Sunday night at the Golden Globes, sweet Drew must have been swept up in a maternal moment or maybe it was pregnancy brain when she said to Ryan Seacrest: "Pregnancy is such a miracle, anyone who complains about it is…just…crazy."

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5 Pregnancy fears you should banish from your mind right now

It's no secret that pregnant women--especially first-time moms--stress about a lot of different things throughout their pregnancies. I mean, it's a life-changing event, one that can make even the most laid-back lady turn into a worry wort before the pee stick is even dry. But the reality is, there are a lot of things about pregnancy and childbirth that we spend a lifetime building up in our minds, that are actually no big deal. Read on to discover which pregnancy-related fears you should stop worrying about right now.

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Mom with brain cancer dies before her baby daughter's born

This is a love story like no other. When Laura Brammeier found out she had brain tumors, she decided to freeze her embryos even though she was only engaged to Nate Yoho. The couple wasn't sure what would end up happening with the cancer, but they knew they wanted to have children. After surgery to remove the tumors, Laura and Nate got married and thought the worst was behind them. But then, the tumors came back ...

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Mom dies during labor, but a shocking miracle brings her back


A new mother is lucky to be alive today after she died while giving birth to her second child. The bizarre instance happened last May to Stephanie Arnold whose heart stopped for 37 seconds while on the operating room table during her son, Jacob's delivery. Doctors say that she technically died and that all electric signals were blank in the room.

The eerie part of this story is that prior to her scary encounter, Arnold sensed that she was going to die and could not shake the feeling. What's more shocking is WHY this happened to her in the first place.

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SEE: What a busy mom's body REALLY looks like


While "fit mom" Maria Kang or the Norwegian soccer player's wife with the flat post-pregnancy tummy have caused controversy, another woman is receiving praise. Taryn Brumfitt bravely proved that after having three children her body looks NOTHING like the women mentioned above. The 35-year-old mom posted before and after pregnancy pictures of herself on Facebook.

She has been applauded for promoting a realistic and healthy depiction of what a woman's body looks like after having a baby. In fact, she felt a need to sound-off to women everywhere to let them know that having the perfect body isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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