The NICU can be a nerve-racking place for mom, dad and baby, with bright lights, beeping monitors and a busy staff. The staff works hard to provide a comfortable and healthy surrounding for your baby, The lights are often times dimmed and babies' isolates are sometimes covered to decrease the light and noise to help promote that surrounding.
What to expect
I just recently found out that I am pregnant. I missed my monthly and took a home test it came out positive. I am very happy about this. I have made a doctor's appointment, however it is not for another 2 weeks. I am a bit nrevous about this first appointment as I have no idea what is going to happen or what to expect. So I was wondering what to expect at this appointment, what questions will be asked, what will be done and things I should be asking about?
Thanks so much.
Your second prenatal visit will probably take less time than the first, but some very important information is being collected. Read more about it!
Regardless of whether your delivery was via c-section or a vaginal birth, postpartum bleeding will be part of your reality. Immediately following delivery and for approximately 4- 7 days after, your discharge can be expected to be bright red.
Approximately 20 percent of births in the United States are done by cesarean section. Every woman, no matter how simple her pregnancy, faces the possibility that her labor could end in a C-section.
Your baby's head is now about 1/3 of its total body length. The facial features are being defined. The body is growing quickly and the fingernails are developing. The baby's sex can usually be identified by this time period.
At the time of conception an egg is fertilized, thereby creating a unique new cell. The cell divides very quickly into many more cells and at about 1 week after conception this tiny mass of cells attach itself to the wall of the uterus (implantation).
Congratulations you have your baby home! You will now be amazed as you watch your baby grow and develop. Your doctor will use the idea of "corrected age". What you have to remember is to also use the baby's "corrected age."
Apnea, a pause in breathing, is fairly common in premature babies. Once it stops though it does not come back. While it's happening it is very frightening. Bradycardia, a slowing of the heart rate, often follows apnea or periods of shallow breathing. If your little one has these conditions, how will he be treated? Read on to find out.
For many months, you have visited your midwife/doctor with a list of questions. Now you arrive with one more question; "Will this prenatal appointment be the last?"