Pregnancy Health

Once you are pregnant, you know the efforts don’t stop there. Let us help you create and manage an action plan based on your specific needs throughout pregnancy. We offer a wealth of information and present it to you in a way that is not overwhelming, but instead builds your confidence from the very beginning to keep you on the track to a healthy mom and baby.

Home Births May Be Safer Than Hospital Births

New information suggests that home births are a realistic and safe option, with less complications and intervention than hospital births. A new Cochrane Library review revealed that all countries should think about setting up proper home birth services. Low-risk pregnant women should be provided accurate information to make an informed decision.

Babies In The Womb Affected By Pesticides In The Home

Air samples from homes of Hispanic mothers-to-be along the Texas-Mexico border contained multiple pesticides in a majority of the houses, according to a study conducted by the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center.  All the women were in the third trimester of pregnancy, when the fetal brain undergoes a growth spurt.

Implantation Bleeding and Spotting and Symptoms

Most women have no subjective symptoms such as bleeding or cramps, at the time of implantation. However, some women report drops of blood and/or light cramping. These symptoms can happen with or without conception and implantation. These symptoms and chart patterns frequently occur on charts that do not result in pregnancy.

Anemia During Pregnancy

Here’s the rundown on why anemia makes you feel run-down: When you’re pregnant, your body produces three times the amount of blood it normally does to support both you and your growing baby. Without sufficient iron stores to keep that blood pumping, red-blood-cell production slows, along with their energy-boosting oxygen supply.

Newborn Pain Increases with Smoking

Newborns may be more stressed if mother chooses to smoke during the pregnancy, researchers are reporting this month. Prenatal smoking has been linked to behavioral problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), irritable behavior, drug dependence and criminal activity. This study proves there are even more risks to add to the ever growing list.

10 Secrets to an Easier Labor

“Pregnant women who stay in shape tend to have shorter labors,” says Tekoa King, a certified nurse-midwife and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California at San Francisco. “Fitness improves endurance, and if you’re better able to tolerate labor, you’re less likely to end up needing medical intervention.”

Why Do Women Gain Weight During Pregnancy?

The average healthy weight gain during pregnancy depends on how much you weighed before you go pregnant. Women at a healthy weight should gain an average of 25 to 47 lbs., according to the American Pregnancy Association. Women who were underweight before conception should gain an average of three more pounds than women at a healthy weight.

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