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?
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.
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?
I often get emails from pregnant women, their partners or family members asking some variation of this question: “Do I need to worry about this?” Sometimes “this” is first trimester discharge, or low abdominal cramping, or second trimester spotting.
As we grow these little tiny beings in our bodies, we are always thinking about the big day when he/she will come out. "How will I be able to handle the pain?" we ask ourselves. "What can I do to prepare?" The truth of the matter is, there is a lot of pain, suffering and “uncomfortableness” around pregnancy, and leading up to the big day. If we condition ourselves to be “comfortable” with what we go through during pregnancy, we will have a solid foundation going into birth.
Here are eight ways you can prepare yourself and your body for a smooth labor and easier birth.
Whether you're pregnant during the summertime, or you're headed to the beach for a babymoon, a swimsuit is likely to be in the equation. But once you’re pregnant, it's important to know that your go-to hair-removal methods might be harmful to you and your baby.
Here’s the scoop on safety, according to David Bank, M.D., director at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
No research has yet shown that this is unsafe during pregnancy, Bank says.
Getting a prenatal massage can be extremely beneficial to your physiological, psychological and emotional health throughout pregnancy. But it's important to work with a practitioner whom you feel comfortable with, trust, and someone who is well-trained in giving a prenatal massage.
Pregnancy brings with it many things, some joyous and some…not. For about 1 in 160 expectant moms (less than 1 percent), one of the unfortunate side effects can be a rash with a mean itch known as PUPPPs, or pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy.
Q: I’ve heard that eating my placenta after having my baby can be beneficial. Should I consider it?
A: Thanks to recent media buzz and the release of a 2012 study, interest in placentophagia—the eating of any or all of the components of the afterbirth, including the placenta—is growing.