Thinking of becoming pregnant? Already had a confirmed positive result on a pregnancy test? Welcome to an exciting club that is exclusive to women only. We may let our male partners share a bit of the fun, but most of this is about the promise of life growing just beneath your own skin. Of course, along with the wonder comes some responsibility: you want to make sure you do everything possible to ensure that you and your baby remain in the very peak of health.
A good way to begin is to learn everything you can about getting pregnant. What should you do before you conceive? What is the best way to ensure you will conceive?
Once you're pregnant you'll have many questions. What changes take place in a woman's body once she conceives? How do your daily habits impact on your as yet unborn child? Is there something you can do right now to guarantee your baby is starting life off on the right foot? How can you assure yourself your baby is getting the vitamins and minerals he needs to be big, strong, and healthy? These are just a few of the topics discussed in this section.
You hope that your labor and delivery will, like most, be an amazing journey full of hard work but ending with lots of joy. We tell you all about the process and how to make the most of your own baby's birth.
You know you should be taking Folic Acid when you're pregnant or trying to conceive; but did you know you should also consider adding an iron supplement to your prenatal vitamin routine? Many women become iron deficient during pregnancy, due to the body's increased blood volume and the developing baby's own iron needs. Consult with your doctor about what type of iron is right for you during pregnancy.
It also seems there are many complications that can set in during labor and delivery. It is also wise to learn about the symptoms and signs of the various complications. Just learning the facts can help you figure out what decisions to take regarding your care in an emergency.
Once labor and delivery is a thing of the past, you will need to know what to expect during the postpartum period. What will your body feel like after the difficult job of bringing new life into the world? What can you do to regain your strength? What symptoms can you expect to experience?
Pregnancy is filled with wonder, a desire to take special care of your health and that of your baby, and a time of concern, but it's also a time of curiosity. Most pregnant women have a mile-long list of questions they'd like to ask their physicians. But some of those questions may seem silly to you. You may be embarrassed about asking your doctor these questions.
Here we try to answer those questions and put you at your ease. We don't believe in questions that are too embarrassing to ask. So ask away!