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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

C-section Rate is at an All-Time High

By JustMommies

HealthDay News reports that the c-section rate in the U.S. has reached an all-time high.  According to a new report from HealthGrades, 34 percent of births are now cesarean deliveries.  The report based on birth data from 19 states found that the c-section rate rose by 7 percent between 2002 and 2009. » Read more

Labor and Childbirth Myths

You’ve been waiting nine long months, and your big day is almost here. But what should be a joyful time of giving birth has become clouded by myths about labor and delivery. How do you know what to believe when you have so many people telling you different things? Here are some of the most common myths about labor and childbirth, and the reality behind them: » Read more

How many c-sections can you have?

There is no medically established firm answer to the question, How many c-sections can you have? However, most health care providers in the United States agree that for healthy women who have had no complications during prior cesarean deliveries, the procedure can be performed 3-4 times without worry. » Read more

The Truth About STD's and Pregnancy

By Maria T. Pepin

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection or disease passed from person to person through sexual contact. In the United States, about 20 million new infections are estimated to occur each year. If you are pregnant and have an STD, you may pass the infection to your baby. Therefore, every woman who is pregnant should be checked for STDs during their first prenatal checkup. » Read more

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Hello again. You are thirty-four weeks now. We have answered a lot of your questions about childbirth over the last few weeks but we haven’t really touched upon c-sections. According to the National Center for Health Statistic’s latest reports, approximately 31% of moms giving birth in the United States will have a cesarean. » Read more

39 Weeks Pregnant: Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Well you may have hoped your baby would be in your arms by now. You are thirty-nine weeks pregnant now and there is not much left to do but wait. Stay on the lookout for signs of labor such as a mucousy or bloody discharge, cramping or back ache, contractions, or your water breaking. » Read more