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Due Date Club of September 2014

35 week appointment .. count down is on :)

I had my 35 week appointment on Wednesday. Baby's heart rate was going crazy as she was moving all...

Due Date Club of November 2014

Just a rambling update :)

Oh my good god my hips HURT! It's like that cold weather ache. So not fun. Anybody have any advice?...

Unplanned Pregnancy

Fear of telling parents hindering my excitement. Need some support.

I'm 25 years old and found out that I am pregnant with my first child one week ago today. My last pe...

Due Date Club of September 2014

39 week appt

I had my 39 week appointment on Wednesday! Almost fully effaced, baby is at 0 station, and 2 cm dila...

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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

Age & Pregnancy: Why It Matters

By Alicia Purdy

There are a lot of perks to growing older. Your car insurance costs will go down. You'll probably be able to afford more of life's luxuries. You'll have spent some time getting to know yourself, so your self-confidence is probably much higher than it was in your 20s. Most women view growing older with a healthy measure of respect for how far they've come in life. » Read more

Listeria and Pregnancy

By Alicia Purdy

Your health is of the utmost importance when you're pregnant. Your body is working overtime to support not only yourself, but also your baby's developing body. It's commonly known that pregnant moms should be very careful about what they eat. Everything from certain seafood to moldy cheeses is off-limits. Most importantly, how is the food you're eating is processed or prepared? » Read more

Low Progesterone during Pregnancy

By Alicia Purdy

When you're pregnant, your body experiences an influx of raging hormones. Depending on what the hormone of the day is, you may feel nauseated, angry, aroused, depressed, exhausted and a number of other wonderful feelings. Progesterone is a naturally-occurring hormone that already exists in your body. It is produced by your ovaries as part of your menstrual cycle. » 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