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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (PIH)

Blood pressure is the term for the amount of pressure found in the vessels that carry blood throughout your body. In order to be healthy, it is important for your blood pressure to be at a normal level. When your blood pressure becomes too high, it can be problematic during all stages of life, especially during pregnancy. High blood pressure is a condition called hypertension, and if left untreated, it can cause problems for both mother and child. If you are pregnant and are at risk for developing high blood pressure, you may need special care. This page covers basic information you should know about high blood pressure and how it can affect your pregnancy.

How to Tell When Labor Begins

The few weeks before the birth of your baby are an anxious and impatient time for you and others. Birth oftentimes occurs within two weeks before or after your expected due date. Many women are worried they will not know when labor begins and how to tell if it is real. This page will go over the basics of how to plan for your baby’s birth, how to tell that labor is beginning, and how to tell the difference between false labor and true labor.

Labor Induction

The process of giving birth is not always perfect. A large amount of the time, it is slow and laborious, or sometimes it even calls for emergency action. When labor either takes too long to come, doesn't start on its own, or is needed to prevent an emergency, doctors will do what is called “inducing labor”. Many women have questions about labor induction- what exactly it does, if it is healthy, and certain risks. This page should answer some frequently asked questions about labor induction.

Medications in Pregnancy

The following is a list of medications considered safe to take during pregnancy. Unless otherwise noted, these can be taken according to package instructions. Although these medications are considered safe, we do recommend minimal use of any medications especially during the first three months of pregnancy.

Nutrition During Pregnancy

Although eating healthily is important throughout your life, it is extremely important during pregnancy. This is because you are not only eating for yourself, but also for the nutrition of the new fetus growing inside of you. The larger your baby grows, the more nutrients it will need. It is important to know what are healthy choices of food, as well as what amount of weight is healthy to gain during pregnancy. This page covers basic information about nutrition during pregnancy and what you should do for your baby.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery

A cesarean birth (c-section) is the delivery of a baby through an incision made through a mother’s abdomen and uterus. It was once thought that women who delivered their first child with a c-section must have all other births in the same way. However, we have technology that allows for most mothers who have had a c-section to safely have a vaginal birth. This is called a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) delivery. Although it is now an option for many women, it still comes with risks. This page will help you learn about VBAC births and if it right for you.

Rh Factor And How It Can Affect Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is important to have a blood test to find out your blood type. More than 85% of people in the world are Rh positive, meaning that they have the Rh antigen. This can be problematic if the mother does not have the Rh factor but the fetus’s blood does. This page will give you basic information on the Rh factor and what it can mean for your pregnancy.

Easing Back Pain During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your uterus expands to almost 100 times its original size. This amount of growth can cause strain and discomfort, as well as affect your balance and posture. Back pain is the most common side effect of pregnancy, and is the complaint of many pregnant women. This page will help teach you to help manage and relieve back pain during pregnancy.

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