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My unplanned unassisted birth in the hospital parking lot.

I had posted in this group before my son was born inquiring about a home birth. I could not find a m...

Due Date Club of July 2014

My baby boy! :-) *lots of pics*

So I'll keep this brief but I wanted to update you guys. Csection went as planned, just got bumped o...

High Risk Pregnancy

Iugr

My hubby and I are just about to start TTC #2. My pregnancy with DD she was dx as IUGR at 31 weeks....

Due Date Club of November 2014

Has DH felt the baby kick?

DS has been feeling baby for a couple weeks now... And today my OB felt him when she checked his HR....

Due Date Club of September 2014

constipation! ughh :(

Is anyone else experiencing bad constipation ately?! no matter what I do nothing seems to help!! any...

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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

High-Risk Pregnancy: Why Me? Understanding and Managing a Potential Preterm Pregnancy

By Kelly Whitehead, www.hrpwhyme.com

Every year, 1 million U.S. women with high-risk pregnancies are placed on bed rest to protect their developing babies. Despite that, every year, about 500,000 newborns – one of every eight – arrive too early, according to the Centers for Disease Control. » Read more

PUPPP Rash During Pregnancy

PUPPP is a rash that can show up during the last trimester of pregnancy. It stands for Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy, hence the acronym. PUPPP is estimated to affect about one out of every 160 to 240 women. Doctors don't know exactly what causes it, but it presents as a rash on your stomach and then spreads from there. » Read more

Cholestasis of pregnancy

Cholestasis of pregnancy is a liver condition that sometimes happens in the third trimester. The main symptom is extreme itchiness in the hands and feet. A lot of times, this is the only symptom that you'll notice. Pregnancy hormones can sometimes overload the liver, and this blocks the flow of digestive fluid (bile) in the gallbladder and leads to cholestasis. » Read more

Rashes During Pregnancy

There are a number of different rashes that can develop on a woman's body during pregnancy. The hormonal changes that the body goes through are often to blame for these conditions. The rashes can range from ones that are itchy and annoying, but not serious, to conditions that are potentially life-threatening to the baby. There is often no cure for these rashes. » Read more