Pregnancy & Childbirth

Pregnancy is an exciting and emotional time for parents-to-be, with an increased focus on eating healthy, prenatal doctor visits, childbirth preparation, childproofing your home and much more. The choices can feel overwhelming at times: What do you need to eat for a healthy baby? How can you stop smoking during pregnancy? How will you prepare for childbirth? Where will you deliver your baby?

Here you will find information on available resources to help keep you healthy throughout your pregnancy and to help prepare for your newborn’s healthy, safe arrival.

 

Q: How do I know if I am pregnant?

Knowing the signs of pregnancy can help you tell if you’re pregnant. Here are some signs that you might be pregnant:

  • You miss your period.
  • You feel sick to your stomach or throw up.
  • Your breasts are big and sore. The area around your nipples gets darker.
  • You crave certain foods. Or you really dislike certain foods.
  • You feel tired all the time.
  •  A home pregnancy test shows you're pregnant.


If you have any of these pregnancy signs and think you may be pregnant, go to your health care provider. The sooner you know you're pregnant, the sooner you can begin prenatal checkups and start taking good care of yourself and your growing baby.

Source:

Trying to Get Pregnant (March of Dimes)


 

Q: I just took a home pregnancy test and it was positive. When should I see a doctor?

A: You should schedule an initial prenatal exam as soon as you know you are pregnant. Be sure to write down a list of questions you want to ask and bring it with you for the visit. Your doctor will also need a list of any medications you are taking and the date of your last menstrual period (to determine your due date), as well as your family health history. It is helpful to write this information down before your appointment and bring it with you.

Source:
You’re Pregnant! Prenatal Care Q&A (National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition)

 

 

Q: How often will I need to see my doctor now that I am pregnant?

A: If your pregnancy is healthy, you will need to see your doctor once a month until you reach 28 weeks of pregnancy; twice a month between your 28th and 36th week of pregnancy; and once a week after you reach your 36th week of pregnancy until birth. If you have a health problem during pregnancy, your doctor may want to see you more often.

Source:
Prenatal Care Visits (March of Dimes)

 

Q: Is it normal to experience tingling, swelling, sensitivity or tenderness in my breasts?

A:  Yes. These are all normal sensations most women experience during pregnancy. In fact, tenderness in the breasts is one of the most common first signs of pregnancy, caused by increased amounts of female hormones in your body. 

 


Q: Is my baby moving enough?

A: You'll start feeling your baby's kicks at around the 28th week of pregnancy. By this time, your baby's movements are usually well established and some health care providers recommend keeping track of these movements.

  • Track kick counts at about the same time each day when your baby is active.
  • Track kick counts shortly after you've eaten a meal (when your baby may be most active).
  • Sit or lay on your side, place your hands on your belly and monitor baby's movement.
  • Mark every movement down on a piece of paper. Don't count baby's hiccups.