Your due date is in sight and you only have a few weeks to go. In fact, you’re so close, you’d be happy to get the show on the road and have your baby now. What’s the harm? Your doctor told you, after all, that at 37 weeks, you’re close enough to your due date that its safe to have your baby. In fact, why not get your calendar out and book the date and make things easy? Why go through the last miserable couple weeks of pregnancy if you don’t really have to?
Congratulations! You’re pregnant. And a hearty congrats to us as well—Fit Pregnancy turns 20 this year and we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate with you. Why? Well, we think it’s an amazing time to be pregnant.
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.
Because contractions generally signal that labor is starting, they can be viewed as a warning sign, a green light or a cue to ask, “Honey, the crib is set up, right?” But having contractions before you’re due doesn’t necessarily mean that Baby has requested an early checkout from Hotel Utero. Here’s what you need to know about uterine contractions—whenever they occur:
I have two friends who are due at the end of August. Both are first timers, healthy and had fairly easy pregnancies. There’s been a little nausea here and there and a few aches and pains, but other than that they’ve both been really fortunate to have lovely pregnancies.
It’s reader-question day. Patricia is six months pregnant with her first baby and has three great ones that a lot of women ask:
Does an epidural slow down labor? Does epidural medication reach the baby? I have a hunch I’m going to delivery early. Why doesn’t my doctor agree?
As your baby bump grows and grows with your pregnancy, we're sure this question is going to cross your mind: Should I continue wearing my seat belt. In short: Yes, always!
An estimated 800 fetuses die each year in the United States when their mothers are involved in vehicle accidents, according to federal statistics. That's eight times as many babies and children up to age 4 who are killed in crashes.
When exactly is this baby due? That’s what Lee-Ann and Jessica want to know. Is it based on your last period, the ultrasound or the date the doctor gives you? If all three are different days, how do you know when to plan for delivery? Good questions, right? I’ll bet there are hundreds of pregnant women out there right now who thought they had a due date all nailed down. They went in for their first doctor’s appointment and he/she gave them some other date.
Okay, you've got me. I GIVE UP. I forfeit all sense of entitlement to know when this baby is coming. I eagerly hand over my women's intuition, sixth sense, and hubristic tendencies to think I know better than anyone else. Like the baby. Apparently the baby knows better than I do, and what he or she knows is that my womb was just awarded the #1 Hot Spot by Zagat's survey of available wombs. It must be incredibly cozy in there. The chef must have trained at the elbow of Alain Ducasse. I feel the baby hiccuping right now--a little bubbly to accompany the amuse bouche?
This may be short*, because if I've ever had an excuse not to write a long blog, it would be this week's. I've been on a physical and emotional rollercoaster for the past few days; luckily right now I'm at one of the peaks, but who knows when I'll dip again into the valley.
Here are the facts, as they stand on Sunday night:
In early June of this year, a Northern California mother-to-be faced a fiendish dilemma. Mindful that the Bible's Book of Revelation described 666 as the mark of the devil, she arranged to have her labor induced before June 6, lest her son be doomed to spend a lifetime responding "6-6-06" every time anyone asked him his birth date.
And for those who might roll their eyes and say "only in California," consider this: Earlier in the year, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan asked that her labor be induced to make sure she'd be able to watch the Super Bowl.