Category: Planning for Baby

What are fibroids?

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths made up of muscle tissue. They range from pea-size to 5 to 6 inches across. If you have them, you’re in go ...
Alcohol during pregnancy and FASDs

Alcohol during pregnancy and FASDs

September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Awareness Day. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASDs, which include ...
When exercise isn’t a good idea

When exercise isn’t a good idea

Many women want to get into really good shape before having a baby. This is an excellent idea, because you don’t want to diet or start a new and aggre ...
Why a birth plan is important

Why a birth plan is important

You don't have to have a birth plan. But having one is a great idea! It helps things run much more smoothly when delivery day finally arrives. A birth ...
Heavy duty jobs and pregnancy

Heavy duty jobs and pregnancy

Lots of women work tough and physically challenging jobs. My daughter-in-law is a fire fighter, my neighbor’s daughter works in a big warehouse store. ...

What causes clefts and facial birth defects?

July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month. A cleft lip is a birth defect in which a baby's upper lip doesn’t form complet ...

Getting the Tdap vaccine

My husband and I were watching the news last night and we saw a story about pertussis (whooping cough) and how cases could reach their highest level i ...
Pregnancy and depression

Pregnancy and depression

Did you know that as many as 1 out of 5 women have symptoms of depression during pregnancy? For some women, those symptoms are severe. In pregnancy, w ...
How to choose a prenatal care provider

How to choose a prenatal care provider

Whether you choose an obstetrician, a family practice doctor, a certified nurse-midwife, or a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, the first step in ge ...