The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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If you’re planning a hospital birth, pack your bag three weeks before your due date. These 10 essential items will help you have a better birth experience:
This is a perfect make-ahead meal: You can put the meatballs in sandwiches, pair them with pasta, place them on a bed of greens or veggies, or eat them one at a time as midday snacks. Learn more about this recipe.
Remember Natalie Portman’s graceful moves in the film Black Swan ? Well, Mary Helen Bowers, former New York City Ballet member and founder of Ballet Beautiful (a ballet-inspired fitness program) was the trainer behind them. Now, at almost 9-months pregnant, the former professional ballerina tells us how she stays in shape. Get ready to belly up to the barre.
When labor begins on its own, pregnancies are considered full-term anywhere between 37 and 42 weeks. Between 41 and 42 weeks, your pregnancy will be considered post-term, and you may be a candidate for induction because studies show an increased risk of complications then. “Around 42 weeks is when the risk of problems increases,” says certified nurse-midwife Mayri Sagady Leslie, C.N.M., M.S.N., a clinical faculty member at Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn.
Thalia is 36 weeks pregnant and for the last few weeks, she’s been measuring large for dates. Her doctor sent her for an ultrasound, which revealed she has more amniotic fluid than some mothers do. A normal range of fluid at this stage of pregnancy is measured as between 5 and 25 centimeters or about 800-1000 mL.
Feel silly chatting up your growing belly? Don’t. It’s one of many great ways to foster a meaningful emotional connection with your baby, even while he or she is still in the womb—and that closeness equals a more peaceful pregnancy experience, says Laurel Wilson, B.S., I.B.C.L.C., a childbirth educator, labor doula and co-author of The Greatest Pregnancy Ever (Lotus Life Press) in Denver.
The majority of moms-to-be—about 90 percent—take at least one medication during their pregnancies. Additionally, more than two-thirds of pregnant women take a prescription medication during the first trimester, a crucial period of fetal development when medications are more likely to affect your baby.
I just found out I’m pregnant and I’m having some weird brown discharge. Am I having a miscarriage?
Probably not. Your cervix is probably just getting organized to seal up shop while it is under construction. It’s kicking out any old blood and mucous that was hanging around and creating new discharge material that will keep your uterus safe and sound for the job ahead. Consider it cervical house cleaning.
I’m having some spotting and I’m in my first trimester. Am I having a miscarriage?