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Healthy Mom Library

Especially for new and expectant moms, this library of health articles offers tips and helpful information about different pregnancy related topics.

How Do I Know if I’m in Labor?


Labor in pregnancy

As a pregnant woman approaches the final weeks of labor, her anxiety often grows. Many women wonder if they will recognize the symptoms of labor and make it to the hospital on time. In movies and on TV, women have one contraction and give birth minutes later, however in reality, it is usually slower and less dramatic.


Immunizations During Pregnancy


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At your first prenatal visit, your provider will test to see if you are immune to rubella (German measles) and varicella (chicken pox). Most people will have had the immunization for rubella as children. Some people will have had the chicken pox and be immune to the illness, and some people will have had the vaccine. If you are not immune to rubella or varicella, you will receive the vaccination after the baby is born on the post-partum floor. These two vaccinations are not safe to receive during pregnancy.        


Skin to Skin Contact After Birth


Mom and Baby
The first hours after birth are a very important time for bonding. Immediately following birth, there is a large surge of hormones that make you and your baby feel alert, ready to bond, and prepared to initiate breastfeeding. During the first moments after birth there are also a lot of important changes that a baby needs to make in order to adapt to life outside of the womb. Skin to Skin contact immediately following birth and for the first several hours after birth can help facilitate this very important bonding time and also ease the transition from life inside the womb to life outside of the womb.

Pain Management in Labor


Babies

Childbirth is a very personal experience.  First you need to choose a health care provider (nurse-midwife or physician) that will help guide you along the way including how to manage your childbirth discomfort.  When choosing between a medicated or a natural birth option, education will help you to know what to expect and how to cope with the labor forces.  Childbirth is physically and emotionally demanding.  Preparedness is key.


Nutrition in Pregnancy


Nutrition in pregnancy

What you eat in pregnancy is the hallmark of your baby’s growth and development.  Many times pregnancy is the first time you examine your diet.  Obviously a healthy diet is essential for the health and wellness of you and your baby.  Here are a few do and don’ts of eating with attention to the special nutrients needed in your pregnancy diet.


What Can I Do About Morning Sickness?


Expecting mom

Unlike its name, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can happen at any time of day.  It is a normal (although unpleasant) side effect of some pregnancies that is most common in the first 16 weeks.  About half of all pregnant women experience it.  While we do not know the cause, it seems to be related to the rising levels of the pregnancy hormone hCg which peaks at about 8-10 weeks gestation. 


Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Prevent Kids' Language Delays


Folic acid can help during pregnancy.
Taking folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy was linked to a decreased risk of a having a child with a severe language delay at age 3, according to new research.

Pregnant Women Reminded to Get Flu Vaccine


Pregnant women should consider the flu shot.
Pregnant women should get a flu shot to protect themselves and even their newborn from the flu, experts say.

Pregnancy increases the risk of serious complications of flu, such as bacterial pneumonia and dehydration, according to the March of Dimes.