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Diva Moms founder Lyss Stern helps us stave off pregnancy stress with 10 easy tips.

10 for 10

Being pregnant is hard work. And being pregnant while trying to maintain your city lifestyle -- working, socializing, traveling, romancing, and for some, even parenting -- is even harder. Nobody knows this more than Lyss Stern, founder of Diva Moms, who also happens to be pregnant (and radiant!) with her third child, while balancing a full plate of city life. A former style columnist, magazine correspondent and published author, Stern has built a community of city mamas who want to embrace parenting without surrendering their stilettos. "I recognized that mothers want to keep in touch with their 'Sex and the City' side after their children are born," she says, so Diva Moms is a luxury lifestyle network bridging the gap between a glamorous pre-baby lifestyle and post-baby responsibilities. But a long day in stilettos (or even wedges or flats!) can wreak havoc on your body...especially when you’re pregnant. And guess what, mama-to-be: it’s not going to get any easier when that little one arrives. That’s why it’s so critical to find “Me-time” as often as you can, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. “Happy moms equal happy children,” says Stern, and you should start practicing now. “It is extremely important during pregnancy (even if you don't have a little one yet) to find time for yourself. Take a relaxing bubble bath, get a prenatal massage, go for an extra foot massage, eat good foods that you enjoy, and most importantly, try and get some rest.” Below, Stern tells us how to take 10 minutes to address 10 common pregnancy stresses. [gallery ids="8229,8234,8233,8235,8231,8230,8228,7919,8226,8232"] Photo of Lyss Stern by Heidi Green Photography.

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