Birth defects are more common than you may think. In fact, about 1 in 33 babies born in the US has a birth defect, according to the CDC.
Most pregnancies last to term, which is at least 37 weeks. Full term is 39 – 40 weeks, but about 12% of babies in the U.S. are born preterm or prematurely.
Deciding you’re ready to get pregnant is an exciting time in any relationship. But for many, the decision to get pregnant and initial conception are often the hardest parts of the whole process. In order to help get pregnant faster, your body must be readily prepared to support both you and the life of a growing fetus.
Endometriosis is a much more prevalent issue than many people might think. In fact, fewer than 1/3 of women know what endometriosis is, despite it affecting approximately one out of every ten women in the United States.
Endometriosis occurs when uterine tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus. Because this tissue responds to a woman’s menstrual cycle, symptoms can be confused with period pain. Since the tissue has no way of leaving the body, lesions, scar tissue and inflammation can occur. All of these symptoms could potentially lead to infertility.
First-time mothers often struggle throughout the pregnancy. They aren’t aware of the little tips that make pregnancy easier. Following these few simple pieces of advice can make your first pregnancy not only more enjoyable, but it can also make it cheaper!
This watermelon, arugula, feta and mint salad is delicious, healthy and can help with morning sickness. Recent studies show that watermelon is great in relieving morning sickness. Because it’s a natural diuretic and contains fiber, it also helps with bloating.
It’s summer, it’s hot and you’re pregnant. Is the high number on the thermostat causing you more discomfort?
Try these five tips for staying comfortable in the summer heat during pregnancy:
1. Plan errands and walks in the morning
Take care of outdoor tasks in the morning when it’s a bit cooler. Also if temperatures are expected to exceed 90, limit activity on those days including in the morning.
2. Reduce your sodium intake
Sodium is important during pregnancy because it contains iodide. However, reducing sodium intake will help reduce swelling.
The time to go to the hospital is finally here! Instead of recreating the moment of panic you see in movies, prepare beforehand for the big moment. One thing to do ahead of time is pack a hospital bag with everything you need. Here are a few necessities, and a couple extra things, you may need for your hospital sta:
It’s important to be comfortable during your stay in the hospital, especially after going through labor. Treat yourself by buying a great pair of pajamas specifically for the occasion!