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Due Date Club of November 2014

Doppler finally came...can't find HB

Excited it came, super discouraged I can't find anything. Heard slow whooshing of my hb, couldn't fi...

Due Date Club of May 2014

bedrest

So I've decided that if these pains get any worse I'm going to put myself on bed rest lol. Sharp sta...

Due Date Club of April 2014

Frustrated and annoyed

Joey was having latch issues in the hospital. His latch may have "looked fine" but I've nursed 3 kid...

Due Date Club of May 2014

I had my baby!

I know Emily (girlsofsummer) posted what I had on my facebook. Im not home yet and on my tablet so i...

Due Date Club of May 2014

So fluffy bump subforum

Is in dire need of some updates! :D...

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Bleeding During Pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding can occur during pregnancy for many reasons. This can be a very frightening experience for an expectant mom. If you experience any bleeding during pregnancy contact your doctor immediately. Some women will have light bleeding during early pregnancy. Twenty to twenty-five percent of women have spotting or bleeding during pregnancy. » Read more

Molar Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

By Audrey Morris

A molar pregnancy is a benign uterine growth that occurs when a sperm fertilizes an egg empty of genetic information. Though the growth itself is benign, complications can arise, and the growth should be treated quickly. Molar pregnancies occur in about one out of every 1,000 to 1,500 pregnancies, and can also be called mole, hydatidiform mole, or gestational trophoblastic disease. » Read more

Fetal Distress During Labor

Both excitement and apprehension may be rising as your baby's birth date draws near. Knowing what to expect can help you and your birth coach adjust to sudden changes that can occur in the birthing room, such as "fetal distress." This term means that the baby may have an abnormal heart rate or that his or her oxygen supply is compromised. » Read more

Shoulder Dystocia

Do you find yourself mulling over the "what if" emergency situations that might happen during childbirth? Luckily, obstetrical emergencies occur in only seven percent of 1,000 live births in the United States. » Read more

Placenta Accreta

If you're in the second trimester of your pregnancy and experiencing spotting or clots, your ob-gyn may say to "wait and see" whether the placenta moves up from your cervix, which might indicate you have placenta accreta. However, if your symptoms occur in the third trimester, your doctor might be more concerned that placenta accreta could be the culprit. » Read more

Uterine Irritability during Pregnancy

Feeling contractions...and you're just barely into your third trimester? One of the health challenges to be on the lookout for during pregnancy is uterine irritability. An 'irritable uterus' is when the uterine muscles contract without causing any changes in your cervix or being a sign of labor. » Read more

Itching During Pregnancy

Many expectant moms find that as their bellies expand and the skin stretches, they begin to experience bouts of itchiness. If this happens to you, take heart in knowing that there are ways to relieve the itching (and in some cases, stop it altogether). Here are simple methods to soothe or stop the itching: » Read more

Melasma: Mask of Pregnancy

You're thrilled that you're expecting, but are noticing changes in your skin tone that you weren't expecting? Perhaps you're not pregnant and you're taking birth control pills-but there are dark patches on your skin. Maybe you don't fit either of these scenarios, yet your face has brown patches on it. » Read more

Predicting Baby's Arrival: The Fetal Fibronectin Test

Are you wondering if your baby might arrive too early? There’s a way to find out: Ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for the “fetal fibronectin test.” While the name of this test seems scary, it's typically a painless diagnostic test that offers valuable answers and peace of mind. » Read more

PPROM: Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes

If you’re expecting, you may wonder when your water will break, where you’ll be, and if it will happen unexpectedly or too early. Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) is a condition that happens during pregnancy when the membranes of the amniotic sac break at least an hour before labor starts. » Read more