Category Archives: Your Healthy Pregnancy

Breastfeeding Contingency Plans: Pregnancy Journal Week 37

Jessica speaks with an expert about breastfeeding success the second time around.

Tweet When breastfeeding doesn’t start the first day, don’t panic – it can all come together. Here’s what you need to know. When my son was born, they placed him on my chest to hold. While my midwife stitched me up, I distracted myself by holding my new baby and trying to breastfeed. But, it…

With Every Stretch Mark, I’m One Day Closer to Delivery: Pregnancy Journal Week 36

Every day is a victory.

Tweet If you sat in a room filled with women who were 8 months pregnant, you’d see all of the worst parts of pregnancy. There would probably be one woman with her feet up because they’re so swollen. And a woman whose swelling has been mostly in her face and neck, giving her a double…

Prematurity Prevention In the News

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Tweet Can you hear the buzz?  Listen closely, because prematurity prevention is a hot topic and everyone is talking about it.  Check out these important initiatives and discussions in the news this past week. March of Dimes Prematurity Symposium Last week, my Isis colleagues and I attended the March of Dimes Prematurity Symposium in Washington,…

9 Questions to Ask During Your Hospital Maternity Tour

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Tweet Taking the hospital maternity tour is one of those pregnancy rites of passage. It’s a must if you aren’t sure about where you want to deliver. But even if you know exactly where you’re going, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the hospital and how it works. Why is it so important?…

Thoughts on Going Early: Pregnancy Journal Week 34

The last month of pregnancy can seem like an eternity.

Tweet All my friends know I’m close to the end of my pregnancy. They ask me how long I have left and my token response is, “Six more weeks. Way too long!” They often say, “Maybe you’ll go early!” And every now and then I indulge a fantasy of going into labor early and getting…

Planning for Postpartum: Pregnancy Journal Week 33

It's time to wash those baby clothes!

Tweet As the end of pregnancy gets closer, I start to wonder just how much I have left to do. It feels like the big things are done. We have a car seat and a crib. We have baby clothes and burp cloths. But it still feels like there’s always more left to do. Now…

Stocking Up on Sleep? Pregnancy Journal Week 31

Insomnia is common in the third trimester.

Tweet When you’ve got a baby on the way, people say things like, “Make sure you get plenty of sleep while you can!” This makes me think these people have never been pregnant. The only time I get less sleep than with a newborn is when I’m pregnant. One of the reasons I thought I…

The Holiday Mom-to-be Blues

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Tweet My first son was due December 27, 2008 (which is, by the way, considered such a crummy birthday that my brother-in-law, also born December 27, officially celebrates his birthday October 27). This due date made me very anxious: what if he was born on Christmas or New Year’s and no one was in the…