Is My Baby Too Big to Deliver Vaginally?

A woman’s body is designed to deliver babies, but is there a point where a baby can be too big to deliver naturally? The average newborn weighs in at about 7 lbs. 8 oz. Obstetricians and midwives measure your fundal height (distance from the top of your uterus to your pubic bone) each time you go … [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...]

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...]

Alcohol Exposure: Not Even Once

It’s a common conception that alcohol and pregnancy should not mix, but what are the biological factors that go into play? What exactly happens in utero that makes this combination so dangerous for an unborn child? Biological Aspects and Impact Unborn children absorb their nutrition straight from … [Read more...]

Combatting Hypertension during Pregnancy

Research shows that approximately one in ten women will develop high blood pressure (hypertension) during pregnancy.  Not only can out-of-control blood pressure be dangerous to the mother, but also to the unborn child. A person is considered to have hypertension when their blood pressure measures … [Read more...]

Feeling a Cold Coming On? Pregnancy and Your Immune System

Being sick is no fun, but especially when you’re pregnant. During pregnancy, your immune system is suppressed and runs at a “lower speed” than normal. While a suppressed immune system doesn’t seem like a good thing, it actually helps the baby to survive in your uterus. The fetus is like a foreign … [Read more...]

Make the Right Nutrition Choices During Pregnancy

What an amazing feeling to know that a little person is growing inside of you!  A mother’s responsibility to take care of herself during pregnancy is not something to take lightly.  Your choices affect your little one in so many ways.  Choosing proper nutrition for you and your baby should be high … [Read more...]

How to Safely Gain Weight During Your Pregnancy

It’s that wonderful time of your life that many may have been dreaming about for years…becoming a mommy!  Taking care of yourself, eating properly and actually gaining weight are all a part of the process.  In a day in age where women are constantly worried about becoming fat, this is the time of … [Read more...]

Does Bed Rest Help Or Hurt?

For decades, doctors have placed some pregnant women on bed rest in hopes of preventing an early delivery. But recently some OB/GYNs and leading medical organizations have come out against this routine practice, citing its ineffectiveness in preventing preterm delivery and its dangers to mothers.  … [Read more...]