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A recent pic of the LO's if you have one. Here are a few of Toren from this week. I love his face i...

Pregnancy and Motherhood After Loss

Sleep update

A comment on another thread got me wondering, how are the LO's doing with sleep these days? I hope y...

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Bleeding - did this happen to you?

Hey ladies. I'm looking for some help/hope. I took a FRER yesterday and got a faint positive....

Pregnancy and Motherhood After Loss

Getting pregnat after c-section v. normal delivery (LESS THAN A YEAR)

I am confused about this. What is the difference between getting pregnant less than a year after a...

Pregnancy and Motherhood After Loss

Colton is here!!

Colton Michael born 12/15/14 @ 8:42 via c-section. 10lbs 13oz and 23 inches! He is our beautiful big...

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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

Urinary Incontinence During Pregnancy

When you’re expecting, there can be some annoying changes to bodily functions you may not have expected. One of these is occasional leakage of urine when you laugh, cough or lift something. » Read more

Cephalopelvic Disproportion: What You Should Know

You may ask, “Cef-alo-pelvic what?” upon hearing about this medical condition for the first time. The term “cephalopelvic disproportion” (CPD) is a situation in which a baby’s head won’t fit through the mother’s pelvis during birth because the infant’s head is too big for the birth canal. » Read more

Progesterone (P17) Shots to Prevent Premature Labor

A baby is considered premature if he is born before 37 weeks.  According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 8 births are considered premature or preterm.  There are a few things that put a woman at higher risk of going into labor prematurely.  These include a diagnosis of incompetent cervix, uterine abnormalities, placenta previa, polyhydramnios, and a history of preterm labor.&nbs » Read more

Whoa Mama! Preparing for the Birth of an Extra-Big Baby

Macrosomia is the medical term for a baby that has a well-above-average birth weight. It is usually classified as a baby that weighs between 8 lbs. 13 oz. and 9 lbs. 15 oz. (almost 10 pounds!). Between 1 and 10 percent of all babies born in a given year fall into this category. » Read more