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Managing Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure – Signs Your BP is Low or High

Preeclampsia has been estimated to occur in about 10% of pregnancies in the United States. While many studies say as low as 3%, a simple Google search will show hundreds of stories of women who experienced the difficulties of the disease. Part of managing your preeclampsia is paying attention to your body and knowing when ..
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17 to 18 Weeks – Feeling Great

Size of navel orange and dragon fruit, respectively. Keep in mind these sizes are more or less the length NOT the weight.

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The Best Lemon Pepper Chicken Pasta

This lightly sauced dish is perfect year round and can usually be made with stuff you already have on hand. It’s one of my family’s favorites and can be easily adjusted to taste and quantity. The original is patterned after a gourmet pasta kit, Elena’s Lemon Pepper Pasta, which was one of my very favorite things ..
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Toddler Finger Foods: Banana Bites

I had saved this recipe because I really liked the idea long before I had a toddler. It came from www.alittlenosh.net which since seems to have gone down. In the meantime, I thought I’d share her recipe so it didn’t get lost. The great idea behind this was the fact that her toddler liked bananas, but ..
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10 Weeks – Chromosome Blood Test and Why It Is Only Given at 35+

Prenatal Blood Testing About mid-week this week is the basic blood work and then the tests that you have the ability to opt out of. The one that most mothers of all ages request is the test that determines gender – the Progenity test. The tests gives gender results about 10 weeks earlier than an ..
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Mango Almond Smoothie

This is my favorite smoothie and one of my favorite things to make if I’m feeling nauseated. Almond butter is a little milder on the stomach than peanut butter and the almond in this smoothie is very subtle.   2 cups orange juice (you can sub up to 1 cup of the OJ with water ..
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Healthier Zucchini Bread

(makes 1 loaf) Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 2 Tablespoons wheat germ 1 teapoons flax seed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 1/8 cup raw sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 – 4 ..
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9 Weeks – The First Visit and Viability Ultrasound

  Frog is now the size of a cherry.   What to Expect at the First Doctor Visit: Bring with you: The first date of your last period and when you took your first positive test, a list of questions you have, a list of symptoms you’re experiencing, ID and insurance The doctor will ask ..
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8 Weeks – Plus Sizes and Pregnancy Concerns

“This Week’s Symptoms” Morning sickness is more frequent than in the early weeks, but no vomiting. It centers in the evening. Minor breast tenderness The ghost cramps come and go but are infrequent My skin has changed. It’s much drier in some areas (like my back) and oily on my face Cravings for Sushi Frog ..
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7 Weeks – Symptom Changes in Pregnancy – Should I Worry?

This week, Frog (as I have started affectionately calling the baby because it is more personal) should be about the size of a blueberry, has a tiny little heart, is developing little arms and legs, and doesn’t look much like a baby yet but it still my little Frog. My concern this week is a ..
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