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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy: The Risk and the Fix

While you may think of high blood pressure as a problem for your parents or grandparents, many pregnant women experience blood-vessel problems that force the heart to work harder to pump blood to the placenta and maternal organs. In fact, up to 30 percent of first-time pregnancies are affected by hypertension, preeclampsia (high blood pressure plus protein in the urine) or eclampsia (high blood pressure, protein in the urine and seizures).

High Amniotic Fluid During Your Third Trimester

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.

Experts Call for Bed Rest to Be ‘Discontinued’

These days, it’s more common for moms-to-be to be breathing deeply into a downward dog in prenatal yoga class than taking it easy at home with their feet up. But an estimated 20 percent of expectant mothers are still put on bed rest during their pregnancies, despite evidence that it may do more harm than good.

Real-life Stories: Moms-to-be on Bed Rest

"The ladies I met online while on bed rest were like virtual nurses!”

- Casey Mclendon, Kannapolis, N.C.

When I was six months pregnant, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to start testing my blood four times a day, alter my diet and go on medication.

Ask The Labor Nurse: The Truth About Twins

I’m always the last in line when it comes to television, but I’ve finally gotten caught up on Call the Midwife, the PBS series about midwifes and nuns in a gritty neighborhood in London in the 1950s.

Eclampsia And Tragedy

We watched.  Did you?  If you haven’t yet seen last night’s episode of "Downton Abbey," beware:  Spoiler Alert!  

Medically Speaking

More Intense First-Trimester Medical Care
While the average mom- to-be doesn’t undergo her first ultrasound until 12 weeks, followed by a second (and often final) scan at 20 weeks, an ART patient often sees her baby’s heart beating at six weeks (four weeks after conception).

Formerly Infertile

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, people had sex to get pregnant. They peed on sticks and waited with giddy excitement for two pink lines to emerge. And when they learned a baby was on the way, they were happy.

The Sad Truth About Stillborn Babies

The first time I attended a birth where I knew the baby would not live, I’d only been a nurse for a few months.  It was a premature delivery at 24 weeks and there was no way to stop that baby from being born. The little girl slipped out of her mother’s body into warm waiting blankets.

Bittersweet

Besides being an “older” mom, Cecilia Paetsch had no risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM, or high blood sugar during pregnancy). “i thought it was really only a concern for obese women, and my weight wasn’t an issue,” says the 35-year-old attorney from Northbrook, Ill.

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