A Father’s Guide to Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a time of excitement and changes for both the woman and the man. Expectant fathers are oftentimes excited, anxious, and nervous about the birth of their new child. Pregnant women go through many different changes during pregnancy, and by understanding these changes and what to expect, you can help your partner by offering support and information during this busy time. This page goes over information about pregnancy, what to expect during and after, and the father’s role in being supportive and helpful to his pregnant partner.

Cesarean Birth

Sometimes, natural vaginal birth isn’t medically possible for a mother and her child. When this is the case, doctors have to deliver the baby using a different method, called a cesarean birth, or a c-section. This is the method of delivering the baby surgically through an incision made through the abdomen and uterus of the mother. Many women have questions about cesarean birth and whether it is right for them. This page goes over the basics of c-sections, and should answer some frequently asked questions about them.

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.

Ectopic Pregnancy

When an egg is fertilized, in order for the pregnancy to grow correctly and to be successful, the fertilized egg must travel down into the uterus and implant itself in the uterine wall. Sometimes, though, this doesn’t always happen, and fertilized eggs can grow inside one of the fallopian tubes. This is a serious problem referred to as an ectopic pregnancy. Because a fertilized egg has no chance of growing properly outside the uterus and can cause serious problems, ectopic pregnancies must be treated immediately before they can cause serious damage. This page explains the basics about ectopic pregnancies and how they can be treated.

Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise is a very important part of all people’s lives. It keeps them healthy and allows them to build stronger muscles and burn off calories. Exercise is also very important during pregnancy because it can help your baby be much healthier when it is born. However, it is important to know which exercises to avoid and which to do while you are pregnant. Some exercises can be potentially dangerous. This page covers basic information about exercise during pregnancy to help you stay as healthy as you can.

Group B Streptococcus And Pregnancy

Pregnant women are especially prone to many different illnesses as they carry their babies to term. Not only can these illnesses be harmful to the mother; they also have the potential to be passed on to the growing baby. Group B streptococcus, or GBS, is a type of bacteria that can be found in up to 40% of pregnant women. Although not usually harmful, this bacteria is oftentimes passed from the mother to the baby, which can be potentially life threatening. The following common questions are designed to help you learn the facts about GBS and what it means to you and your growing child.

Having Twins

The news that you are having twins can be happy, exciting, wonderful, and nerve-wracking all at once. The idea of carrying more than one baby can make some pregnant women nervous, especially if they are not informed about the facts of being pregnant with twins. Being knowledgeable on your upcoming birth will help to prepare you and may help with what is to come. Many women who are pregnant with twins have questions. This page should answer some of them by covering the basic information that you need to know about having twins.

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.