For every mother who goes into labor, there’s a guy out there (and very likely right there in the labor room) who’s having a baby too. I don’t mean that literally. Lots of women have babies without a guy in sight and none of the men becoming new fathers actually have even one single contraction. What I mean is, guys in the labor room are important too. They have an important role to play in supporting the laboring mother and welcoming their new babies, but they also have needs of their own.
When I found out last February that I was expecting for the first time, I was ecstatic. My midwife told me early on that my baby would be due approximately the end of September. Great, I thought—the baby will share a birthday month with his dad! Then I realized that just as I would be hitting the “big belly” stage of the pregnancy, we’d be heading into summer time, and during August, one of the hottest months of the year, I’ll be close to due.
I only want my husband in the delivery room with me. How do I tell my mom and sisters?
Q: I'm five months along and have noticed a strange dark line on my belly? Is it dangerous?
A: Nope. While the linea nigra, or “black line,” may be disconcerting, it’s perfectly harmless—and perfectly normal. In fact, up to 75 percent of women will experience this hormone-induced darkening of the skin during pregnancy.
Q: My OB recently started measuring my belly every time I see her. Why does she do this?
A: Starting between 12 weeks and 14 weeks pregnant, many doctors and midwives perform a fundal height measurement at each prenatal visit to monitor the fetus’s growth. This involves measuring the distance from the top of the pelvic bone (symphysis pubis) to the top of the uterus (fundus).
It’s any mom-to-be’s number one concern: doing what she can to make sure her baby is healthy. That’s why Sarah Michelle Gellar decided to get a Tdap vaccine to protect her son, Rocky, from pertussis, or whooping cough: a highly contagious infection that can be deadly for babies.
Doctors’ increasingly frequent decisions to induce labor instead of waiting for nature to take its course have played a significant role in the rise of preterm births over the past two decades, according to new research.
Heartburn, constipation and indigestion are all too common during pregnancy, thanks to progesterone, a hormone produced by the ovaries that relaxes your stomach muscles and slows digestion. Luckily, there’s an easy way to ease these unpleasant side effects of expecting: up your fiber intake.