Mother’s and Baby’s Heart | Fetal Heart Development

Fetal Heart Development Angela Thomas from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., remembers that feeling all too well. Last year she gave birth to her daughter, Maia, knowing that her daughter had a serious heart problem. Hearing your baby’s heart for the first time is a never-to-be-forgotten prenatal experience. “The problem was detected at the 5-month ultrasound check,” …

Labor & Delivery | Recognizing the Signs of Labor

Is it time? Has labor started? This is it. Nine months of pregnancy have all led up to this one event. The birthing classes and breathing techniques sit at the back of your mind ready to be brought into action. The midwife waits in the wings for the final moments of bringing your baby into …

Pregnancy Checkups & Tests – Doulas support

Getting support from a doula The number of women using doula support is growing as they discover the benefits of working with a doula. Using a doula decreases first-time labor by an average of two hours, according to the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, which has launched an initiative called Mothering the Mother to encourage …

5 Essentials for a Healthy, Happy Plus-Size Pregnancy

5 tips from experts for a plus-size pregnancy. Kara Islington weighed 236 pounds when she found out she was expecting her first child. “I was absolutely thrilled to be pregnant, but because of my size, I felt a great deal of anxiety and doubt,” the plus-size mom of two admits. “My brain raced with questions. …

Better Sleep for You and Baby (Tonight!)

Keep calm and sleep better with the baby! In the first few weeks of life, the newborn’s central nervous system is still immature and disorganized. His sleep-wake cycles are random, and he is likely to sleep 16 to 18 hours a day in three- to four-hour cycles, waking three or four times during the night, …

The Attachment Parenting Approach | The Progressive Waiting Technique

Help Baby Sleep Through the Night In the classic parenting book Your Baby & Child, Penelope Leach states an enduring truth: “Being a parent means broken nights.” How “broken” those nights will be, and how long they will last, is a variable that is foremost on the mind of every new parent. How can my …

The Baby Is Coming! Now What? | Growing Costs of Baby Nursery

The Baby Nursery on Any Budget Share The Baby Is Coming! Now What? The moment you’ve been excitedly awaiting is only a few months away! There is so much planning, arranging, and preparing to be done before your newborn arrives. There are color schemes to puzzle over, along with bedding and furniture choices to make. …

Not So Swell – Fluid Retention During Pregnancy During

Signs & Symptoms | Pregnancy Swelling: Not So Swell Water retention during pregnancy “During pregnancy, you obviously expect your stomach to get bigger. To see your feet and ankles increasing in size, however, might be a surprise. Turns out it’s actually extremely common to experience swelling in those areas during normal pregnancy, especially in women …

Pregnancy Nutrition & Recipes – Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines

How much weight should you gain during pregnancy? The amount of weight gain during the course of a woman’s pregnancy has long been the object of debate among those in the medical community. “This has been highly controversial for a long time in the United States,” says Dr. Francine H. Einstein, assistant professor in maternal-fetal …

Baby Steps- A 5-point Plan to Help You Conceive

Preconception – Trying to Conceive | Be Proactive to Get Pregnant There are a few things you should consider before jumping into bed – and into pregnancy. Women should take the time to evaluate their overall physical health, their birth control method, learn a little bit about their cycle and educate themselves on reproductive sex. …

Healthy & Safe Pregnancy | Winter Pregnancy Safety

How to stay safe and active during your winter pregnancy Wintertime can be tough when you’re expecting. You may be tempted to just huddle under the comforter and hibernate. Between the lack of daylight, the busy holidays and the fatigue and aches of pregnancy, you probably avoid getting outdoors as much as possible. But being …

Are You or Aren’t You?-Common Signs of Pregnancy

Signs & Symptoms | Could I Be Pregnant? Women may have all of the common symptoms of pregnancy, none of them or any combination of them. Non-pregnant women may have the symptoms. Different pregnancies in the same woman may cause different symptoms. It can be very confusing and stressful; in fact, stress over whether or …

VBAC, Vasa Previa and Pregnancy – Professional Choice

What Is Vasa Previa? Why VBAC? – Facts and Caveats The umbilical cord, that precious link from Mother to unborn baby, seems to carry not only nutrients and oxygen-rich blood, but hopes and dreams. When that connection fails, dreams are dashed. With vasa previa, a rare condition where the vessels of the cord grow on …

Signs & Symptoms | Beyond Braxton Hicks and Nausea

Pregnancy or Not? – Signs & Symptoms Morning sickness, Braxton Hicks, heartburn, indigestion, shortness of breath. What does that list have in common? To start with, everyone knows they’re very common side effects of pregnancy. A million words have been written about them, every woman’s doctor warns her about them and when you get them …

Benefits Of Home Training For Pregnant Women

Healthy & Safe Pregnancy | Pregnancy Fitness: An At-home Gym Exercising while pregnant is no easy feat. First, there are the physical limitations – morning sickness, fatigue, raging hormones. Then there are the details: What exercises should you do? Where will you do it? How much will it cost? One easy answer to these questions …

Six Months to Conception-A Practical 5-Step Plan Toward Pregnancy

A practical 5-step conception plan for getting pregnant According to Dr. F. Sessions Cole, director of the division of newborn medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and instructor of neurology and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., the most important time in a pregnancy is the first four to eight …

First Pregnancy? Answers To Your First-Time Pregnancy Questions!

First Pregnancy Tips List Starting to Show Many first-time pregnant women cannot wait to show so they can begin wearing maternity clothes and look pregnant. But when does this typically happen? Should a first-time-pregnant mom be concerned if she hasn’t experienced any morning sickness? According to Dr. Errol R. Norwitz, professor at Yale University School …

Fertility and Flexibility-Yoga When You’re Trying to Conceive

Fertility and Flexibility – Trying to conceive with Yoga “I started doing Kundalini yoga classes in January, and then my husband started coming with me, too,” says Barbara of Delano, Minn. “In February, we decided to adopt, and I feel a large part of it was that we were doing yoga together. We were always …