Childbirth preparation classes are designed to prepare you for labor and delivery and help you take a more active role in the birth process.
Selecting a doctor for your new baby is an important decision. Schedule interviews before your baby is due with potential pediatricians. In addition to getting specific answers to questions about your baby's care and the office procedures, you'll know if you feel comfortable with him/her.
- This period of the second trimester of your pregnancy is a good time to begin to prepare your body for giving birth to your baby.
In the second trimester, your now-visible pregnancy helps confirm the reality of a baby on the way and also gives rise to specific concerns that will affect you, your partner, and other members of your family.
About 3% of all pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. What are the dangers to mom and baby? What are the risk factor? How is it detected? Who should be screened? How is it treated?
You can include the convenience of fast food into your diet while you're pregnant and still eat nutritionally with the guidelines listed in this article!
Walking is an excellent form of exercise for most women during pregnancy. It helps to alleviate discomforts that you may experience, such as leg cramps, constipation, insomnia, and fatigue.
With the increasing change of your shape, you may need special reassurance from your partner that you are still feminine and desirable. Read more about what's going on!
If you have other children, deciding how and when to tell them a new family member is on the way can be a challenge. A good rule of thumb is to tailor the news according to the child's age. Here are some "pointers from parents" you may find helpful:
Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of the skin between the anus and vagina (perineum) during the last few weeks of pregnancy. This massage has been shown to reduce the incidence of episiotomy and perineal tears during birth.