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  • The Pregnancy Health Crisis No One's Talking About

    "Pregobesity": A. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy and not losing it before gaining again with the next baby. B. A health risk that can affect women and their children for the rest of their lives. C. A growing medical crisis no one is talking about. By Hallie Levine, REDBOOK.

    Almost six years ago, I entered my first pregnancy with the healthiest of intentions. I wasn't going to be one of those nutty women who jogs right up to her delivery day, but I didn't buy into the notion that the pink line on my pregnancy test bought me a free pass to lie around and eat with abandon, either. Flash forward two weeks, when morning sickness hit, and my workout routine consisted of racing to the toilet. The only food I could keep down was starchy, high-cal fare like bagels, muffins, and--fine--cookies. By the end of my first trimester, I'd gained 15 pounds, and I was unknowingly on my way to joining the latest mom-to-be trend: pregobesity.

    That's REDBOOK's term for what doctors are

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  • 8 New Color Rules that Make Your Body Look Great

    That's right, you can forget about black, because strategically placed color is even more slimming, and so much prettier. By Audrey Slater, REDBOOK.


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  • 53 Superfoods that Change Your Body for the Better

    To eat right without even thinking about it, fill your plate with a rainbow's worth of health-boosting, metabolism-revving nutrients. By Meghan Rabbitt, REDBOOK.


    The best superfoods
    1. Apples may be just as powerful as oatmeal when it comes to lowering "bad" cholesterol.

    2. Snack on watermelon after a workout. It has L-citrulline, an amino acid that helps remove painful lactic acid from muscles more quickly.

    3. Jazz up roasted sweet potatoes by adding chipotle powder (which has the disease-fighting compound capsaicin).

    4. The most powerful immune-boosting nutrients are found in citrus peel, not the fruit itself. Zest it!

    5. New research has found that kiwifruit can significantly reduce fatigue and depression.

    6. Cooked tomatoes are even healthier than uncooked ones. The heat helps you absorb the antioxidant lycopene.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    7. Pair leafy greens with foods rich in vitamin C and you'll better absorb their high levels of iron.

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  • I Did Naked Yoga with Strangers… and that Wasn’t the Scary Part

    By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    These are what actually terrify me--not the area where we shed our clothesThree hours before my Tuesday evening naked, co-ed yoga class, I asked a friend, "Is it weird that I'm more nervous that this is an hour and 15 minutes long than I am about not wearing clothes?" She quickly affirmed that I was indeed crazy.

    But I was right.

    After all, I'd volunteered to shed my winter layers and contort by body into lizard pose in the name of an adventure. Reactions around me ranged from "You're awesome" to "You must be completely out of your mind" to "Is that a real thing?" Yet my biggest concern was unwinding my uptight, always-on, New Yorker self enough to survive yoga, period.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    I don't do yoga. I believe that a good workout should make you want to cry, and Vinyasa just doesn't cut it. But what gives me more pause than making time for something I consider physically nonessential is that I'm simply too competitive. Yoga is all about being inside of yourself. I'm busy comparing my balance and

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  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley Speaks Out About Her Mom's Dementia

    The actress hated the dementia that made her mother seem like a different person--erratic, silent, sometimes angry. Then she found a way to love that mom too. By Kimberly Williams-Paisley, REDBOOK.


    It's an image I will never forget: my mom holding a stranger in her arms. I was 9, and couldn't see what had happened from the backseat of our car, but somehow I learned right away that the driver in front of us had struck a boy. Mom and Dad had seen him fly into the air over the hood of her car and fall out of sight.

    They jumped into action as a team.

    Dad ran to the boy on the ground. Miraculously, he wasn't seriously hurt. Most clearly, I remember what Mom did. She went straight to the woman who had been behind the wheel.

    "He ran right in front of me!" she wailed over and over. She collapsed onto the street. My mother scooped her up, rocked her, and cried with her.

    "I know, yes, I know," Mom sobbed.

    My mother, Linda, has always had a way of relating to people, even

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  • About Those Findings that Men Who Do Housework Don't Get Laid

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK.


    A study was released a while back, and through the magic of the Internet, the results were distilled into "Dudes who do house work have less sex." I thought about writing something when it came out, but honestly, it put me on the defensive as a dude who does a fair bit around the house, especially as a stay-at-home dad.

    I didn't want to write something that was basically: "I vacuum the sh*t out of my house, and I'm knee deep in sex! I'm having sex while I write this!" I just didn't feel that was a constructive response to this study, which pulled most of its findings from data collected during the Clinton Administration.

    I forgot about that study until I read this incredibly long and odd piece by Lori Gottlieb in this weekend's New York Times Magazine. You should read it. She takes the aforementioned study and matches it up with anecdotal evidence she's gleaned from her time as a therapist, a dinner party she went to, and a dude she knows in

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  • The 5 Most Annoying People You Encounter when You're Pregnant

    By Leslie Robarge, REDBOOK.


    For the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy, I basically lied to everyone: "Oh, I just had some wine before I got here. I'm actually really thirsty. Could I have a glass of water? Thanks." "A few months ago, I got sick on a bad oyster. Still not into them yet." If you'd known me before I got pregnant, I was a wine-guzzling, oyster-slurping machine. So, when my husband and I finally got the green light from my doctor that everything was on-track and we could start sharing the news, I was relieved to finally come clean.

    And for a while, it was really exciting to share the news. That is, until I "popped," and people who I don't know could easily surmise that I'm indeed knocked up. That's when I realized that pregnancy is just one long, unending stream of unsolicited advice--people love to tell you what to do, how to do it, and why you'd be crazy to do it any other way. I've also come to realize that some people actually lose their minds when they encounter a

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  • 9 Habits that Slow Down Your Metabolism

    If you really want yours firing in high gear, watch out for these sneaky saboteurs. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.

    Skipping meals or going on extreme cleanses
    Missing out on essential nutrients, especially protein, turns your metabolism sluggish, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor at Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It's okay for a few days, but after that, your body switches into "starvation mode," thinking that it needs to store, not burn, fat to keep you alive. That's why fasting isn't a smart idea. The same goes for any crazy diets that encourage you to consume nothing but liquids for more than three days. "When you don't get enough protein, your body breaks down lean muscle mass, which is what slows your metabolism," says Blake.

    Related: 21 Ways to Burn Fat Faster

    Sitting still
    Bad news for the corporate set. "Even if you go to the gym

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  • 10 Things that Drive Men Completely Insane About Being Married

    These guys are confused as hell--so we helped them sort things out. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    1. "Why does my wife feel the need to tell me every single detail about her friends' lives? I love my wife, and I'm interested in what she says--unless it's about her coworker Jill's decision to get Botox. I haven't met Jill, and have no opinion on the matter. And I'm sure Jill doesn't care what I think, either." - Charles, 39, married five years

    Expert Rx: In general, guys want to know the point of a story before they hear it, says Jeremy Nicholson, Ph.D., a relationship psychologist. When you start talking about acquaintances they don't know, their minds scramble to figure out the "so, what?" factor. If you're looking for a gossip buddy, you're better off chatting with your BFFs. But if you're bringing up Jill's plastic surgery because you want to gauge what your guy thinks of Botox, then start the conversation with that so he knows where things are headed.

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  • 10 Valentine's Day Treats to Give Yourself

    We're so over waiting to be bestowed with the perfect piece of jewelry. Take the pressure off the whole situation by getting yourself what you want--like these beautiful little jewels--and let his gift be the cherry on top. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

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