• 1st Trimester Prenatal Visits

    1st Trimester Prenatal Visits

    One of the first calls you’ll make when you suspect you’re pregnant is to your family doctor or obstetrician. If you had a positive pregnancy test shortly after a possible conception, some doctors may ask you to hold off on scheduling your first prenatal visit for a few weeks until your pregnancy is well established.

  • 2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    While no one would say it’s all downhill from here (there’s labor after all, as well as the aches and pains of late pregnancy), for many women the second trimester feels like the “easy” part of pregnancy. Fear of miscarriage subsides, nausea abates, and energy surges — all in all, there’s less to be worried

  • 3rd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    3rd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    After eight months of pregnancy, you’re already well acquainted with your doctor. You’ve been poked, prodded, scanned, and then poked again. If your pregnancy has been progressing normally, you’ve probably been seeing your doctor once or twice each month. But now that you’re in the home stretch, you’ll be spending even more time in the

  • Absentmindedness and Pregnancy

    Absentmindedness and Pregnancy

    Soon into your pregnancy, don’t be surprised if you feel foggy-brained and forgetful. You may find yourself misplacing your purse, forgetting to return phone calls, or going off to fetch something only to discover you’ve forgotten what you are looking for. At work, you may catch yourself daydreaming through meetings or staring out the window

  • Anemia and Pregnancy

    Anemia and Pregnancy

    It takes strong building materials to make a healthy baby, and few things are stronger than iron. Iron forms the core of red blood cells, the vehicles that carry oxygen to every part of your body, including to your growing baby. If you don’t have enough iron — a common problem in pregnancy — these

  • Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

    Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

    Now that you’re pregnant, a healthy diet is doubly important. Whether you’re sitting down for a meal or grabbing a snack from a vending machine, you have to think about how your choices will affect your baby. If you develop gestational diabetes, you’ll have still more choices to make. Your doctor may advise you, for

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology

    Assisted Reproductive Technology

    If you’re old enough, you may remember all the hoopla about “test-tube babies” when the first child was conceived outside a woman’s body in 1978. That original experimental procedure, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), is now just one of several fertility treatments available. IVF has since been joined by a host of additional procedures which

  • Back Exercises During Pregnancy

    Back Exercises During Pregnancy

    It’s a tough call, but no one would dispute that back pain ranks in the Top 10 list of a pregnant woman’s gripes. According to the North American Spine Society, at least half of all women experience back pain at some point in pregnancy. An aching back is usually caused by your shifting center of

  • Bed Rest During Pregnancy

    Bed Rest During Pregnancy

    Bed rest. On the face of it, it sounds so relaxing, almost like a vacation. Lie in bed or on the couch … read or watch television … take a little break from “real” life. But these are two words that no pregnant woman wants to hear — whether the doctor’s order comes at 16,

  • Bleeding and Spotting During Pregnancy

    Bleeding and Spotting During Pregnancy

    Light bleeding or “spotting” during pregnancy happens more often than you might think, with up to 25 percent of all pregnant women experiencing it. Spotting — bleeding that isn’t continuous and isn’t enough to fill a tampon or pad — is especially common in the first three months. In many cases there’s no cause for


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