Oh, baby! 5 unexpected (but common) symptoms experienced during pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, filled with countless physical, emotional and lifestyle changes. Pregnant women often do research, read books or consult friends and family to determine what to expect during those nine months and how to best combat the symptoms that may arise. While issues like morning sickness and cravings are to be expected, there are several uncomfortable, but common, effects soon-to-be moms may be less likely to anticipate. “A woman is going to experience numerous changes to her body during pregnancy,” says Dr. Alyssa Dweck, an OB-GYN, author and expert on women’s health. “Although …

Elvie offers pelvic exercise feedback

Designed to offer feedback about pelvic floor exercises (Kegel exercises), Elvie is a Bluetooth-based device capable of sending information to a smartphone. The pelvic floor is a powerful set of muscles that sit in a hammock between the tailbone and pubic bone. Without regular exercise, pelvic floor muscles can cause bladder, sex, or prolapse problems for women. Pregnancy and giving birth can weaken these muscles. Elvie’s technology allows women to achieve inner strength and control and verifies whether exercises are done correctly. Safe for use with IUDs, Elvie can be used during pregnancy by many women. An optional cover allows …