An Apple a Day: How Eating Fruit Could Make Your Baby Smarter

It may seem obvious that eating fruit is beneficial to the body’s overall health and is part of a balanced diet during pregnancy, but recent research has shown that eating fruit while pregnant may even make your growing baby smarter. The results are preliminary, but researchers at the University … [Read more...]

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: Signs and Risks

It’s very important to go to all of your prenatal appointments while you’re pregnant. Among many things that your doctor checks during each appointment is high blood pressure. High blood pressure during pregnancy doesn’t usually cause symptoms or signal any issues, but it can be harmful to both … [Read more...]

What Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Feel Like?

Think of Braxton Hicks (BH) contractions like practice for the championship game or a dress rehearsal before the big performance. While they can be somewhat uncomfortable or unsettling, Braxton Hicks are actually good because they work to tone your uterus in preparation for delivering your … [Read more...]

Working through Loss:
Understanding the Causes of Miscarriage

October was International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and we want to take time to recognize all of the mothers out there who have experienced such loss. Experiencing a miscarriage is extremely difficult and can leave parents feeling guilty or wondering what went wrong. Miscarriage … [Read more...]

Contractions: Braxton Hicks, Prodromal Labor or the Real Thing?

It can be very difficult for women – even those that have gone through labor before – to figure out if the contractions they’re experiencing are “real” labor or not. Not only is every woman different, but every pregnancy and labor is different. So just when you think you’ve got it all figured … [Read more...]

What is Umbilical Cord Prolapse?

Umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord falls through the cervix to the birth canal before the baby does. This complication can occur both during pregnancy and during labor, potentially causing a serious threat to the baby. The umbilical cord is the baby’s lifeline, so when … [Read more...]

Medicated vs. Natural Birth: Making an Informed Decision

There are many different decisions a woman has to make when she finds out she’s expecting; it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Which things should I avoid? Which medications are safe to take? Will my baby breastfeed or bottle-feed? And, of course, one of the most difficult and controversial decisions: … [Read more...]

Positively Negative: All About Pregnancy Tests

How Do Pregnancy Tests work? Pregnancy tests are designed to test either urine or blood for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Here’s how it works: During conception, the sperm fertilizes the egg in the fallopian tube and then makes its way toward the uterus. It takes an average … [Read more...]

Labor or Not? Learn About Braxton Hicks Contractions

For a pregnant woman, waiting for a new baby can be like a kid waiting for Santa Claus – the anticipation (and growing discomfort) can make the last few weeks of pregnancy seem never-ending. What’s more, there’s no sure date when baby will come. Instead, expectant moms have to wait for “signs” … [Read more...]

Should Pregnant Women Get the Flu Shot? Absolutely

Pregnant women are often discouraged from many things, such as eating too much, exercising too hard, or drinking and smoking.  However, there is one thing that is not discouraged: getting a flu shot – no matter which trimester you are in. The CDC states: “Flu is more likely to cause severe … [Read more...]