How do I know if I’m in Labor?


Unfortunately, no one can tell you the exact time you will go into labor. However, there are a few things you may experience as labor approaches. Lightning: This is when the baby "drops" down into the birth canal. With a first pregnant mother, this can happen 2-3 weeks before labor begins. You may suddenly find [...]

How do I know if I’m in Labor?2018-04-08T05:06:41+00:00

Cesarean Birth (C-Section)


Cesarean birth or c-section is the birth of a baby through surgical incisions made in the abdomen and uterus. There are many reasons why a c-section may be used to deliver your baby. A cesarean delivery may be planned in advance when certain conditions are known. In most cases, if problems arise, the decision is [...]

Cesarean Birth (C-Section)2018-04-08T05:03:55+00:00

Comfort Measures for Labor


WHAT IT IS HOW IT HELPS COMMENTS Relaxation The goal of most of the other measures is to help you relax, as this is the most important thing you can do to be more comfortable. Birthing muscles relax. Raises pain threshold. Conserves energy, reducing exhaustion. Passive relaxation can be done by yourself. Touch relaxation has [...]

Comfort Measures for Labor2018-04-08T05:00:57+00:00

Fetal Kick Counts


Most expectant mothers will feel their baby move by the 20th week of pregnancy. Fetal movement is an indicator of fetal well being. One way for you to know if your baby is doing well is to record your baby's movements. This is called a fetal kick count. Kick counts work best after the 27th [...]

Fetal Kick Counts2018-04-08T04:58:57+00:00

Breech Presentation


With a breech presentation, your baby is in a buttocks or feet first presentation. A breech presentation can make it hard for the baby's head to fit through the birth canal during a vaginal delivery. This can cause a lack of oxygen or nerve damage in your baby. How will I know if my baby [...]

Breech Presentation2018-04-08T04:50:46+00:00

Non-Stress Test (NST)


Performing a non-stress test is a simple, painless, and non-invasive way to assess the well being of your baby. What Should I Expect? This test is usually done in the doctors office. You will need to be reclining or lying down for the test. You will have 2 belts strapped around your abdomen, one to [...]

Non-Stress Test (NST)2018-04-08T04:47:44+00:00

Gestational Diabetes


What is Gestational Diabetes? This is a type of diabetes that happens only during pregnancy. This occurs when your body is unable to make and use all of the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Am I At Risk for Developing Gestational Diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association, you are considered at high risk for [...]

Gestational Diabetes2018-04-08T04:46:23+00:00

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy (Preeclampsia)


What is Preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a condition that develops after the 20th week of pregnancy. There is high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Preeclampsia is also called toxemia or pregnancy induced hypertension. If preeclampsia is not identified and managed appropriately, it can have serious consequences for both the mother and the baby. How [...]

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy (Preeclampsia)2018-04-08T04:43:26+00:00

Nausea & Vomiting (“Morning Sickness”)


In the early months of pregnancy, you may experience some nausea and vomiting, which can occur any time during the day or night. This is believed to be caused by hormonal changes that slow the digestive system. This can be a serious medical problem if not controlled as it can leat to dehydration. Not everyone [...]

Nausea & Vomiting (“Morning Sickness”)2018-04-08T04:41:13+00:00
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