• Hypertension in Pregnancy

    For approximately 7% of all pregnant women, high blood pressure or hypertension does become a problem. If your blood pressure is elevated, it can affect you and your baby's well-being. Some women enter pregnancy with higher than normal blood pressure readings.

  • Non-stress Test: Monitoring Your Baby's Well-Being

    Due to special situations like high blood pressure, premature rupture of membranes, twins or triplets, your provider may decide to order a non-stress test (NST). An NST monitors a baby's health by showing his/her baseline heart rate and also any increases in the heart rate due to movement. It's an easy, painless, non-invasive test that allows your providers to monitor baby's well being in the womb.

  • Naming Your Baby

    It's never too soon to begin choosing a name for your baby. And what an enjoyable and thought provoking challenge it is!

  • Prenatal Visit: 21 - 24 Weeks

    In addition to the tests and measurements you've come to anticipate at your regular prenatal visits, at 21 - 24 weeks you may well have some additional tests. Read more!

  • When to Call Your Provider

    Something going on in your pregnancy worrying you? Is it normal? Should you call your provider? Here is a list of warning signs that shouldn't be ignored.

  • Your Body's Changes and Baby's Growth: 21 - 24 weeks


    Your baby's skin is pink to reddish in color and wrinkled. Although the baby is thin, his/her movements are becoming stronger. The baby's eyes are closed, however he is capable of crying. The brain is undergoing rapid growth.

  • Comfort Measures During Pregnancy

    During the last few months of pregnancy, earlier discomforts may become more noticeable or new ones may occur. This information may help you to be more comfortable, and sometimes safer, during this final phase of your pregnancy.

    Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins are a common occurrence of pregnancy, usually more noticeable in the third trimester, and they tend to become more pronounced with each pregnancy. You are more likely to develop varicose veins if other members of your family had them during their pregnancies.

  • Changes During Weeks 17 - 20

    Your baby's head, arms, legs, and body are now fully formed. At 20 weeks, he weighs about 1 pound and is about 7½ inches in length. His movement will become increasingly noticeable to you.