My wife is 8 months pregnant. We've done a lot of reading, taken childbirth and parenting classes, and we thought we were ready for anything. Then just the other day, a friend asked what we were planning to do with the baby's placenta. Frankly, the question had never even occurred to me or my wife. But now that we're thinking about it, it seems strange to just throw it out. Do you have any suggestions?
Labor and Delivery
The third trimester the worries switch from what crib or bedding to such concerns as: What if I don't bond with him/her right away? or What if my midwife doesn't answer the phone? The weeks leading up to the birth can be tiring, exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Shellie shares ways to easy your discomfort and your mind.
It is important to know you aren't the only one that has felt this way. Many mothers have felt terrified by this a tiny little being. A new baby comes with a lot of responsibilities.
You have a million questions about labor. How long will labor last? How bad is the pain going to be? Can I really do this? There is no way to know the answers to these questions in advance, but you can learn about certain procedures now, that will help you feel ready for what lies ahead.
I have a friend who is giving up her baby for adoption. It will be an open adoption and she is comfortable with everything happening. I'll be spending a few days around her birth with her. I know that even though this is what she wants, there is going to be an empty spot.
Hi. I was hoping you could help me. I am now in the midst of trying for a third child. My last 2 pregnancies were horrible. I had toxemia for both and had to be put on blood pressure pills. Both were emergency c-sections. My last pregnancy was even worse they had to deliver her at 7 months because she was not growing and was showing signs of distress.
In my first pregnancy I wasn't tested. In my second pregnancy, they told me the test came back positive. I never understood what it was. What is Group B strep? How do you get it? Does it ever go away? If it doesn't harm me then why does it harm the baby?
Preeclampsia, affecting seven percent of all pregnancies worldwide, occurs when a woman's blood pressure rises. It most frequently strikes first-time mothers and women who are carrying twins, or multiple pregnancies. What can be done to prevent it? How is it detected and treated?
My baby is face-up (posterior). Are there exercises you can do to turn the baby?