Posts Tagged ‘having a baby’

Contractions – is this the real thing?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

contractionsThere are two different kinds of contractions. Braxton-Hicks contractions, also called false labor, prepare your body for labor and delivery. Labor contractions, however, signal the beginning of childbirth. If you’ve never been pregnant before, how do you know which is which?

Towards the end of your pregnancy, you may have regular contractions that don’t immediately lead to changes in your cervix or progress to labor. If you go to the hospital only to find out that you are having false labor, don’t feel bad about it. It’s sometimes hard to know the difference between real and false labor, even if you’ve had a baby before. To tell if labor has begun, your health care provider must examine your cervix.

When you first feel contractions, time them. Write down how much time passes from the start of one contraction to the next. Make a note of how strong the contractions feel. Keep a record of your contractions for an hour. Walk or move around to see whether the contractions stop when you change positions.

You are probably experiencing false labor if:
• The contractions stop when you walk or stop on their own.
• The contractions are irregular.
• The contractions don’t get stronger or closer together over time.
Contact your health care provider right away if you are having contractions that trouble you, especially if they become very painful or if you think you are having preterm labor (labor before the 37th week of pregnancy).

For more information on the difference between Braxton-Hicks and labor contractions, click on this link.  Every pregnant woman also should know about the signs of preterm labor.

Great new pregnancy book

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Dr. Siobhan Dolan talks about her new pregnancy book, Healthy Mom, Healthy Babies.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

bookAre you pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant? Pre-order your copy of Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby brought to you by the March of Dimes! This new book clearly lays out all the must-know information about every stage of your pregnancy, along with research-based advice to help keep you healthy and full of energy.

Get the facts you need from a source you can trust. Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby was written by two amazing women, both moms themselves. Dr. Siobhan Dolan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein, in New York City. Co-author Alice Lesch Kelly is an award-winning medical writer and health journalist.

Having a baby is one of nature’s true blessings and miracles. You have many choices before you in this exciting time and the more you know, the more empowered you become!

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby features:
• A straight-forward “Start Where You Are” approach to maternity
• A month-by-month look at how your baby is growing
• The truth about weight gain and nutrition
• The essential labor checklist

To learn more, read excerpts, watch a video and pre-order your copy, click on this link.

Dads, are you up for the delivery room?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

delivery dadSome guys seriously can’t handle the delivery room (the sight of blood makes them pass out cold – not so helpful) and that’s OK… but if you’re not too keen on being bedside when your little one arrives, consider the following. Don’t say no without making an informed decision. Sure, this whole birthing thing is scary, but you can be a lot more supportive than you may think.

Attend prenatal care appointments with your partner. Talk with her provider and nurses to understand a typical birthing routine within their practice. Ask who will be present, what will happen and who will be in charge of your partner and the baby after delivery.

Take childbirth classes and learn more about the process and how you can be supportive during labor. Make a list of questions and ask them all. You’ll learn a lot and meet other soon-to-be dads.

Take a tour of the hospital maternity ward so that you’ll be somewhat familiar with the layout once you arrive and, again, ask questions.

Ask yourself what you want out of the birth experience. Do you want to “catch” the baby? Cut the cord? Or just do your best to stay upright?

Talk with your partner about how she would like the delivery to go, what she sees as your role in it and what she needs and wants you to do.  Make a birth plan together, one that works for both of you. Be sure to discuss different scenarios in case things don’t go as planned.

Don’t get your feathers ruffled or take it personally if she gets a little snippy on the day of… it isn’t you.

If you’d love to support her but really don’t think you can take a ringside seat, talk with her about getting a doula or coach involved for that part. We’re all different and we can only do what we can do and, truly, that’s OK. But let her know that one way or another you’ll do all you can to see to it that she has what she needs when the time comes.