Okay, maybe not a million. But the number of tests you'll be offered from now until the end of your pregnancy is enough to make any mama's head spin. These days, we can screen for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome and Edwards syndrome; we can detect genetic conditions from Tay-Sachs disease to cystic fibrosis. We've got blood tests and DNA screenings. We've got ultrasounds and placenta samples. And that's just during the first trimester.
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Why do so many of us barf up breakfast-especially when baby is at such critical stages of development? The truth is that we don't know what causes morning sickness, at least not with any certainty. Here are three of the most common theories... CLICK PHOTO TO CONTINUE READINGRead More
Many women dread telling their boss about their pregnancy. Sometimes, it goes very well, other times not so much. A lot of women who work outside of the home aren't eligible for a whole lot of perks. The benefits you can expect are dictated by federal law, state law, and the company you work for/what kind of work you do. CLICK PHOTO TO READ MORE....Read More
If you're pregnant during flu season (October through April...aka now)- your midwife or doctor may suggest getting the flu shot, and she won't be alone. Virtually every major medical organization, including the CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the ACNM recommends the flu vaccine for mamas-to-be. However, vaccines of all kinds are controversial and not all mamas believe in them. There are definitely arguments for both sides.... CLICK PHOTO TO READ UP ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILYRead More
Group B Streptococcus (aka Group B Strep or GBS) is a particular type of bacteria- not the same bacteria that causes strep throat, by the way- that exists naturally in the intestinal tract, urinary tract, vagina, and/or rectum. Roughly 25% of women are carriers, although the bacteria may come and go, almost always without triggering any symptoms or health issues.... CLICK PHOTO TO READ ARTICLERead More
It's important to drink plenty of fluids during pregnancy- but sometimes mama just needs something to drink other than water. That's why I'm serving up four different (not to mention delicious) options... CLICK PHOTO TO READ FULL ARTICLE.Read More
Considering all the ways our bodies change when we're carrying a child- our bellies grow, of course, but there's also the crazy cravings, the heightened sense of smell, the pregnancy glow, and the weeks of stomach-churning nausea- it perhaps shouldn't be surprising that pregnancy also has an effect on the brain.... CLICK PHOTO TO READ FULL POST.Read More