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You have been experiencing contractions on and off for a couple days. Today they seem more rhythmic and have had a steady pattern for a couple hours. You are frustrated that it has taken this long for labor to start, and hope to get it moving this time.…
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Your blood volume increases during pregnancy, and the high progesterone levels relax your blood vessels to prevent high blood pressure. However, the relaxed and slack vessels can slow down your circulation enough that you feel faint when you stand up…
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Why no alcohol during pregnancy?

Women who are pregnant, or may become pregnant should be aware of the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy.  Did you know why? Alcohol readily crosses the placenta, and because of the design of fetal circulation, is not filtered by your baby’s…
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Baby’s Growth Weeks 1 & 2 The average length of gestation is 266 days, which means your baby will be born around 38 weeks after conception. Because many women are not familiar with their fertility cues and do not know when conception happened, pregnancy…
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Food Safety in Pregnancy

When you think of food-borne illness, do you think of the major outbreaks reported in the media? These outbreaks receive most of our national food safety attention, but according to the CDC these represent only 5% of the food-borne illness cases that…
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Your midwife will be watching your weight to ensure that it is gained at an appropriate rate. Lack of weight gain or a sudden burst of weight gain may concern her. Ideal weight gain does not mean you gain the same amount of weight every week. Most mothers…
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Your enlarging uterus puts pressure on your pelvis. The sciatic nerve can be affected as the pelvis relaxes and stretches. This would feel like pain that starts in the pelvis and continues down the thigh. Some women feel sharp pains on either side of your…
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Managing sore breasts while pregnant

Mammary glands are the only glands that do not mature during puberty. Instead, they mature during pregnancy. This growth and development of the glands can (but do not always) cause the surrounding area to be sensitive to the touch, or sore. This is…
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Change your habits if they are causing you problems or not healthy. Change the way you talk about your baby’s birth. Stop using words like “delivery” and remember that your birth happened several years ago. Change the way you think about your plans. Don’t…
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The terms organic and natural are sometimes placed on food packaging. In some areas, these terms have specific definitions. For example, the US Food and Drug Administration has set standard definitions for what is in a product that bears these names.…
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Why This Happens The pressure of your growing uterus and a heightened metabolic rate cause increased frequency of urination. For some women, the increased weight of the uterus stressed the pelvic floor muscle causing incontinence. The progesterone that is…
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Dealing with pregnancy back aches

Why back aches? Though common, back aches are not an inevitable part of pregnancy. Several factors work together to cause back aches. As the baby grows, the mother’s center of gravity changes. Some women respond to the changing center of gravity by…
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