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  • ultrasound of an ama pregnancy
    The Manipulations You May Face During an AMA Pregnancy
    Many women have shared stories of birth trauma with me and almost always there’s manipulation of some sort sprinkled throughout. Sometimes, it’s outright and sometimes it’s truly disguised as “caring advice” or a “gentle nudge.”   ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • geriatric pregnancy
    I'm Having a "Geriatric Pregnancy." Am I Really At Risk?
    There are many things that could use a facelift within the birth world, but one of the most disturbing things to me is the language that is used to speak to and of pregnant people. It’s absolutely incredible the level of disrespect and twisted ...
    HeHe Stewart
  • Signs of Preterm Labor in Multiple Pregnancies
    Pre-Term Labor
    Signs of Preterm Labor with Multiple Pregnancy
    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than half of twin births in the U.S occur preterm. It's important to know the signs of preterm labor in a multiple pregnancy so that you can get help in time. There are some clues, but t...
  • Pregnancy symptoms no one tells you about
    Adjusting to Pregnant Life
    6 Symptoms of Pregnancy No One Tells You About
    You always hear about the big pregnancy symptoms, like common food cravings, mood swings, aching muscles, and nausea, but there are other, weirder symptoms that certain women can also suffer from. Talk to you doctor if you experience any of these...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Mosquito Spreading Zika Virus
    Zika Virus Q&A: 4 Facts for Pregnant Women and Families
    The news of Zika virus spreading is pretty scary, particularly if you're pregnant or trying to conceive (TTC). If you're expecting, what steps do you need to take to protect yourself and your baby? Can you still take a babymoon, and where is it s...
    Erin Dower
  • Pregnant woman reading tablet on couch
    Bed Rest
    12 Ways to Stay Sane While On Bed Rest
    Bed rest during pregnancy is no walk in the park. While it's a necessity for many women in order to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, it can be frustrating to be confined to bed and relying on others. Use these tips to help make your bed rest pr...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Pregnancy
    Week 7 of Pregnancy
    You are 6 Weeks and 4 Days Pregnant
    Your baby's lungs won't be fully developed until late in pregnancy, but the foundations are being laid down right now. ...
  • Causes and Treatment of Gestational Diabetes
    Gestational Diabetes
    What Is Gestational Diabetes?
    Diabetes that develops for the first time in pregnancy is called gestational diabetes and affects between two and seven percent of pregnant women. In this condition, the pancreas produces insufficient insulin to move glucose (sugar) from the bloo...
  • Delivery Complications
    Delivery Complications
    Labor Complications
    Premature labor The normal length of pregnancy is 37 to 42 weeks. A baby born before 37 weeks is called premature or preterm (see Premature Birth). Fetal distress During labor, the baby is monitored for signs of distress, which can indicate t...
  • Tubal Pregnancy
    Ectopic Pregnancy
    What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
    This occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterine cavity. The vast majority of ectopic pregnancies are in the fallopian tube, but they can occur on an ovary, in the cervix, or in the abdominal cavity at the site of a previous cesa...
  • human embryo with groove along its length
    Week 5 of Pregnancy
    You are 4 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThe embryo, still less than 3 mm long, now has a deep and narrow groove extending along its entire length. This groove will soon become so deep and its edges will curl over so much that it forms into a tube running along the length...
  • Advised and Spontaneous Premature Delivery
    Premature Babies
    Premature Births
    Your baby may be born prematurely either because an early delivery is advised on medical grounds, or you go into spontaneous preterm labor. The earlier the birth, the higher the chance of complications in the baby, such as breathing problems or i...
  • Why Miscarriages Happen
    Miscarriages Explained
    An early miscarriage is usually due to a problem such as a chromosomal or structural abnormality in the fetus. It may also be caused by a fibroid (a non-cancerous growth in the uterus), an infection, or an immune system disorder. Miscarriage occu...
  • Types of Miscarriage
    Types of Miscarriage
    Different terms are used to describe miscarriage, depending on what is found during an ultrasound scan or an internal examination.Threatened miscarriage is the term given to bleeding early in pregnancy, but in which the cervix remains closed. In ...
  • human embryo at 6 weeks exactly
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 6 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayHere the back of the embryo can be seen lying over the yolk sac. The opening overlying the developing brain has now closed (left side of image) and this will be followed two days later by closure of the opening at the base of the s...
  • Medications During Pregnancy
    Medication During Pregnancy
    Taking Medications During Pregnancy: What's Safe and What's Not
    Taking medications during pregnancyDuring the first three months of pregnancy, it's best to avoid all over-the-counter medications. Once you are past the first trimester, some other medications are considered safe, but always consult your doctor ...
  • Preexisting Conditions and Pregnancy
    Managing Illnesses During Pregnancy
    Managing Preexisting Illnesses During Pregnancy
    Whether you have a preexisting medical condition, or acquire an illness or infection during pregnancy, always consult your doctor before taking medication or before stopping any prescribed medication.If you have a condition such as high blood pre...
  • Common Prenatal Medication Concerns
    Medication During Pregnancy
    Common Worries About Medication and Pregnancy
    I'm asthmatic. Can I use my inhalers during pregnancy?It's essential that you keep asthma under control in pregnancy, which means continuing to use your inhalers, since the risks from uncontrolled asthma are greater than any risk from taking asth...