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Should You Get Acupuncture While Pregnant?

From morning sickness to breech babies, acupuncture may be the answer to your pregnancy problems.

by: Sydney Loney

Whether you're vomiting your way through your first trimester or are plagued by pregnancy-related aches and pains in your second and third, acupuncture may be the key to relieving your discomfort. Here's how it can help you have a happier, healthier pregnancy in each trimester:

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  2. Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy It may be tempting to take a nine-month sabbatical from the Stairmaster when you’re pregnant, but exercise during pregnancy has many important health benefits: it decreases the risk of urinary incontinence and can help reduce some of the common
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  4. Solving Pregnancy Skin Problems One of the perks of pregnancy is supposed to be gorgeous, glowing skin. So, when you're confronted by blemishes or brown patches instead, it can be frustrating. Here's what you need to know about caring for your skin safely throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal
  5. At-Home Pilates Pregnancy Workout When everything from your muscles and joints to your internal organs is changing shape and shifting, things can get a little uncomfortable. The solution? Pilates can help your body feel more like it's self. It can improve your breathing, relieve back
  6. Which is Better: Midwife, Doula or Doctor? From where to deliver to how to choose between a doctor, midwife or doula, moms-to-be have a lot of important decisions to make – and it can be overwhelming. "You really need to plan ahead to create the most positive experience for you and your
  7. Third Trimester Infant Development As you begin the third trimester, you're entering the homestretch of your pregnancy–literally. Your belly is getting bigger by the week and this added size (possibly combined with trouble sleeping and Braxton-Hicks contractions), may be causing
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  9. Choosing the Right Pregnancy and Nursing Bra Your breasts will change in size throughout your pregnancy and for as long as you nurse, which makes finding comfortable bras a challenge. Here's how to get the best, most comfortable fitting bras whether you're pregnant or nursing. Bras For
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  12. Eating Organic During Pregnancy Pregnancy is a good time to make the switch to organic foods. By going organic, you avoid exposing yourself to the antibiotics, artificial hormones, pesticides and genetically modified feed found in many non-organic meats, produce, grain and dairy
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  14. Get Back in Shape after Pregnancy Celebrities make getting back in shape after pregnancy look like a piece of cake, but it’s not easy to lose the weight–especially around your mid section. Jill Miller, creator of
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  16. Overcome your Fear of Child Birth When you think about childbirth, chances are the word "pain" is one of the first that comes to mind. While it's normal to feel a little apprehensive as you near the end of your pregnancy, some women can experience intense fear that makes them dread
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  19. Top Baby Names A lot of thought goes into naming your little one. Whether you like to follow the crowd or go out on your own with a more unique moniker, looking at the trends is always a great place to start. Here’s a look at the most popular names in Canada
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  21. Could You Have Pregnancy Gingivitis? “Pregnancy can be really hard on your teeth,” says Dr. Florence Lockhart, a Vancouver-based dentist. The hormonal shift (which is more pronounced in some women) can result in increased bacteria, putting you at a greater risk of tooth decay.
  22. What Happens to Your Body During Pregnancy You may have expected the nausea, sore breasts and backache, but what about the nosebleeds, excess saliva and constipation? Here are five common pregnancy-related symptoms most new moms-to-be don't know about: 1. You may have excess saliva
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  31. The Best Sex Positions to Increase Chances of Pregnancy Most of us expect conception to happen easily. When we don’t get a positive pregnancy test after the first month or two of trying to conceive we often panic and look for everything possible to boost our fertility. The biggest thing any
  32. Most Popular Canadian Baby Names 2012 When it comes to naming their offspring, celebrities always try to steer clear of the norm. But if Jermajesty (son of Jermain Jackson) and Blue Angel (daughter of The Edge from U2) are a little too out there, you can always stick with the trends and
  33. Air Travel During Pregnancy Hoping for one last holiday hurrah before your baby arrives? Air travel is a breeze for most pregnant women, but there are a few things to consider before packing your bags. 1. The Best Time To Plan a Trip During Pregnancy The
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  35. Gestational Diabetes Four percent of Canadian women will get gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during their pregnancy. The good news? The negative side effects are easy to control once gestational diabetes is diagnosed. Gestational diabetes risks No
  36. Flying During Pregnancy Pregnant and planning a plane trip? Here's what you should know before you pack your bags and take to the skies: When's the best time to fly during pregnancy? The safest, most stable part of pregnancy is from about 12 weeks to 20
  37. Chiropractic Benefits During Pregnancy Even if you’ve never seen a chiropractor before, pregnancy may be a good time to start. Here’s why: Chiropractic benefits during pregnancy Many women seek chiropractic care to relieve neck or back pain
  38. C-section Closure Choices C-section scars should be flat and only mildly pink six weeks after surgery. By six months, all that should be left is a flat, barely visible, pale line. But for some women, the way their
  39. How Much Caffeine is Healthy For years we've heard that expecting mothers should monitor their caffeine intake, especially in early pregnancy. But four new studies find
  40. Bed Rest Survival Guide While many moms-to-be might crave an extra hour or two between the sheets, being put on bed rest is usually more stressful than restful. Here are 10 things you can do to make bed rest bearable. What is bed rest? Bed rest can mean
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  43. Can Hypnobirthing Help Ease Labor Pain? Hypnobirthing is a life-changing program, as well as a program for a better birth, says Jennifer Elliott, a certified hypnotist, doula and childbirth educator in Toronto. Here’s how to tell if it’s the right childbirth method for you. What
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  46. Safe Foods During Pregnancy Pregnant women often worry about the safety of the food they eat during pregnancy, says registered dietitian Daina Kalnins. From soft cheese to herbal teas, here’s what you need to know when it comes to safely eating for two. Unsafe

Pregnancy & Anemia:

It's important that you make sure you're getting the right vitamins and minerals when you're pregnant. During pregnancy, our bodies need more of certain nutrients, like iron, to perform its daily duties. If you're not able to get enough from your diet, talk to your doctor about vitamin and mineral supplementation during pregnancy.