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Guidelines to Follow: Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

What you eat and how much of it is more important than ever while you are pregnant. The amount of weight you gain during your pregnancy is as essential to your health as it is to the health of your baby. As your baby develops and your body works to support that growth, you will […]

The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Fertility Treatments

If you’re trying to get pregnant, one of the most important things to do is learn how to determine when you’re ovulating, when is the best time for sexual intercourse, and the steps you can take to increase your chances of a successful outcome. We also encourage every woman to know early pregnancy signs and […]

What to Expect: Recovering After Vaginal Delivery

Regardless of whether you deliver vaginally or by Caesarean section, all mothers will experience certain symptoms as they recover from giving birth. You’ve worked hard to give birth to your baby. Now your body needs a bit of time to heal. If you’re a new mom, you might be wondering about the changes you and […]

Top 5 Early Signs of Pregnancy to Be Mindful Of

Becoming pregnant can bring great joy and reward to a family. Sometimes, however, women have questions regarding the early symptoms of pregnancy and may wonder if their symptoms are suggestive of pregnancy. This article focuses on the most common symptoms a woman might experience in the early stages pregnancy. Early Signs of Pregnancy Spotting: Implantation […]

Everything You Need to Know About Prenatal Testing

Prenatal tests are medical tests you get during pregnancy. They help your health care provider find out how you and your baby are doing.  First-trimester Prenatal Screening Tests First-trimester screening is a combination of fetal ultrasound and maternal blood testing. This screening process can help to determine the risk of the fetus having certain birth […]

Moms-To-Be: Understanding Your Food Cravings (Or Lack Thereof)

From pickles and ice cream to pizza…food cravings are common for pregnant women. So what’s behind these cravings? It’s unclear what exactly what causes food cravings during pregnancy. They may be related to all hormones that are active in pregnancy. These hormones can make your sense of smell stronger, which can affect your sense of […]

Causes of Bad Sleep During Each Trimester: How to Handle Your Discomfort

During pregnancy, you may find yourself struggling each night to find a comfortable position or get a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleeping habits may no longer work for you during pregnancy. There are a number of reasons for this new discomfort, but there are some tips that you can help you understand what your body might […]

Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: What is Happening?

It is not clearly understood why nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (commonly referred as morning sickness) occurs. Experts believe there may be a combination of factors that lead to nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). This much is known: More than half of pregnant women experience NVP. Usually begins between the first and second missed […]

The Basics: Labor Induction (Part 2)

Labor induction is the use of medications or other methods to bring on (induce) labor. Labor is induced for many reasons. Some of the methods used to induce labor also can speed up labor if it is going too slowly. Labor is induced in about 20% of pregnant women in the United States. If you […]

How to Tell When Labor Begins (Part 1)

Awaiting the birth of a baby is an exciting and anxious time. Most women give birth between 38 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. However, there is no way to know exactly when you will go into labor. Birth often occurs within 2 weeks before or after your expected due date. Making Plans As you plan […]