What is Spider Weins?

Telangiectasias, or spider veins, are small enlarged blood vessels near the surface of the skin. Eis experienced spider veins during her first pregnancy, and they mostly corrected themselves with time. But now they've returned with a vengeance. "My OB/GYN said it's due to the increased blood flow caused by my body working to create another person, and she recommended that I wear those ... compression stockings, which are neither comfortable

First Pregnancy | All About the Cervix

Pregnancy brings this tiny organ to the forefront of our minds, as the cervix softens, lengthens, elongates, dilates, thins and does all sorts of interesting things. So just what is the cervix and exactly what is its role in pregnancy? The following questions and answers will tell you what you need to know about this very important piece of our anatomy. What is the cervix anyway? The cervix is the opening

Preconception – From nutrition to sex positions

McCarthy boosted her fertility with regular acupuncture treatments. The sessions smoothed out her irregular periods. She also exercised regularly and made sure she was well rested before trying to conceive. Use your body's physical signs of ovulation and pre-ovulation to predict optimal time for conception. "Try to take time out – get away from a busy schedule," says McCarthy, who gave her own body a few months to recoup after she

Signs & Symptoms | Could I Be Pregnant?

Different pregnancies in the same woman may cause different symptoms. It can be very confusing and stressful; in fact, stress over whether or not one is pregnant can cause symptoms of pregnancy! So how do you sort it all out? Something's Missing The most common sign of pregnancy is missing a period (called "amenorrhea"), especially if the woman has been having regular menses prior to missing her period. This occurs because

Will baby’s grandparents be there when the cord is cut?

Labor & Delivery Grandparents in the Delivery Room will baby's grandparents be there when the cord is cut? By Nickie Harris, R.N Despite her swollen belly, day-to-day life hasn't really changed for this mother-to-be. It seems as if it never will. Worn out, she slumps into a recliner and opens a book. Her warm cup of tea rests on the round table of her belly. She laughs at the absurdity of having a

Home & Water Birth – A certified doula answers common questions on home birth

Expectant parents who are interested in birthing at home commonly ask the following questions: What are the benefits of a home birth? Giving birth at home offers many things that a hospital cannot provide, such as privacy, the comfort of your own home and bedroom, the opportunity to sleep in your own bed and to snuggle with your partner. Mothers experience support for natural birth and true freedom of movement for

Mama’s Got Biceps- Building Muscle

Weight training with machines, free weights or resistance bands is a great way to build muscle strength and create a more toned body. Although many women include strength training in their fitness workouts, once they become pregnant, many often discontinue their training because of fears that it may be harmful. Contrary to past concerns, strength training done properly is a safe and effective way to provide the muscular strength needed

Pregnancy Nutrition & Recipes – Should pregnant women participate?

"It seemed a logical step that if I could see one set of emotional reactions to diet, then my depression might be treatable," says Muzyczka, who ultimately lowered her carb intake and began eating a higher-protein diet. Going on a diet of any kind generally is not a good idea for pregnant women. Muzyczka discovered, to her surprise, that the changes she made were right on. "I went for about two