Whether you’re pregnant with your first child, or you’ve given birth before, you probably have a few ideas about what you want your birth experience to be like. Although no birth ever goes exactly as expected, creating a birth plan provides an increased sense of peace and control. A complete birth plan also helps ensure that everyone involved with the… Read More »5 Things to Consider When Creating Your Birth Plan
Summer is a great time to be pregnant (no, we’re not joking!). With long days and warmer weather, now is a perfect time to get out of the house, break free from the gym, and enjoy healthy activities. If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you should be able to continue your activity with modifications as necessary. With your… Read More »The Best Summer Exercises for Pregnancy
At every doctor’s appointment, there seems to be a new, big decision to be made. When those appointments start coming every two weeks instead of every month, you may feel like you’re constantly facing potentially life-altering choices. Should I undergo early stage pregnancy screenings? What is my ideal birth plan? Will I breastfeed or bottle feed? Who will I choose… Read More »Should I bank cord blood?
Summer can be the best of times and the worst of times for mommies-to-be. Often, the added glow of the summer sun also heats up common pregnancy complaints. While it’s an ideal time to get out and enjoy those last carefree moments, your swollen ankles may not agree! Here are five tips to make the most out of your summer… Read More »Pregnant This Summer? 5 Tips for Relief & Relaxation
7 Things to do Before Getting Pregnant If you’re thinking about having a baby, there are things you can start doing now to prepare for the future. Give yourself some peace of mind with the following tips, whether they serve as good reminders for you or as new helpful hints. 1. Eliminate any bad health or dietary habits (smoking, heavy… Read More »Thinking About Getting Pregnant? 7 Things to Do!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the annual campaign to encourage support for research of the disease, as well as early detection. A lot of progress has been made in understanding breast cancer risk factors. Do you know yours? Studies have shown that a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer is related to her exposure to hormones — estrogen and progesterone… Read More »Pregnancy and Breast Cancer Risk
Pregnant women already know they need to eliminate food and beverages like coffee, some seafood, and alcohol from their diets. But did you know that there are other foods which can potentially be harmful to your unborn child? It is important to eat a well-balanced diet while avoiding foods that may contain bacteria and parasites. Here are the three most… Read More »3 Common Foodborne Bacteria and Parasites to be Aware of during Pregnancy
What to pack when you’re having a baby Around the time you’re 36 weeks pregnant, it’s a good idea to gather everything you think you’ll need while you’re at the hospital. Once your bag is packed, it’ll be set to go when baby is ready to make her debut. We suggest keeping your ‘go-bag’ right by your keys or in… Read More »The Ultimate Hospital Pregnancy Packing List
You’re having a baby! Booking your first prenatal appointment is exciting and an important opportunity to make sure you feel comfortable with your doctor or midwife. Don’t be surprised when you call the doctor’s office as soon as you know you’re pregnant and find out they don’t want to see you for several more weeks. The first visit is usually… Read More »First Prenatal Appointment Questions To Ask