Pregnancy Tickers: Share Your Countdown

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Congratulations, You are pregnant and you want to share your "countdown" with your friends and family. Pregnancy tickers are widgets that can be added to your blog, MySpace, or Facebook page that will do just that.

There are many sites that will allow you to customize your pregnancy ticker or countdown by adding your due date, the baby’s sex, possibly the name you’ve chosen, etc.

Here are links to a few of those sites that help to customize a pregnancy ticker:

Baby Gaga

Lilypie

I Am Pregnant

MySpace Pregnancy Layouts

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WiddlyTinks

A few tips for a healthy pregnancy

Be sure to see your doctor and get prenatal care as soon as you think you're pregnant. It's important to see your doctor regularly throughout pregnancy, so be sure to keep all your prenatal care appointments.

Give up smoking. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the chances of premature birth, certain birth defects, and infant death.

Drink extra fluids (water is best) throughout pregnancy to help your body keep up with the increases in your blood volume. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water, fruit juice, or milk each day. A good way to know you're drinking enough fluid is when your urine looks like almost-clear water or is very light yellow.

Eat healthy to get the nutrients you and your unborn baby need. Your meals should include the five basic food groups. Each day you should get the following: 6-11 servings of grain products, 3-5 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruits, 4-6 servings of milk and milk products, 3-4 servings of meat and protein foods. Foods low in fat and high in fiber are important to a healthy diet.

Take your prenatal vitamins. Folic acid is particularly important to the development of the baby’s brain and nerve system. The iron in the vitamins will help prevent the risk of anemia.

Don’t drink alcohol while pregnant. There is no known safe amount of alcohol a woman can drink while pregnant. Fetal alcohol syndrome , a disorder characterized by growth retardation, facial abnormalities, and central nervous system dysfunction, is caused by a woman's use of alcohol during pregnancy.

Physical activity during pregnancy can benefit both you and your baby by lessening discomfort and fatigue, providing a sense of well-being, and increasing the likelihood of early recovery after delivery. Light to moderate exercise during pregnancy strengthens the abdominal and back muscles, which help to improve posture. Practicing yoga, walking, swimming, and cycling on a stationary bicycle are usually safe exercises for pregnant women. But always check with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise, especially during pregnancy.

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