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Pregnancy & Newborn Care Blog

  • Online Parenting Resources

    Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, especially when it comes to children's health information and parenting advice. That’s what I tell my patients and their parents. 

  • Women and Heart Disease: Pregnancy Induced Heart Failure

    Courtney Hoppenjans, OB and Heart patient, shares her 2014 story about pregnancy induced heart failure. Learn about why women should listen to their bodies and how the amazing teams from The Heart Hospital and The Women's Hospital helped save Courtney and her baby's life. 

  • Minimizing Visitors in the Hospital

    Can you believe it’s here? The day that your baby is born has finally arrived! Friends and family are excited and eager to meet the new addition to your family. Grandmas can’t wait to get their hands on that sweet baby and they will…in time. 

  • Dear New Mom, Don't Forget About YOU

    The postpartum period—the days and weeks after giving birth--involves many emotional and physical changes for you as a new mother.  It also involves learning how to care for your newborn and how to function with the new demands at home. Adequate rest, good nutrition, and support from family and friends are crucial during the first few weeks after delivery to allow you to rebuild your strength.

  • 10 Baby Necessities: What Are They?

    You are in Babies R Us. Your husband has the scanner gun because, let’s be honest, the only way you could get him to join you was by promising he could play with the scanner gun. The haunting memory of registering for your wedding gifts 9 months prior is coming back. You are overwhelmed. You have never had a baby before! How are you supposed to know what you need?!

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  The loss of a pregnancy or baby is a life changing event.  No matter the gestational age of the little one, you may hurt physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  The loss of a little one is not something families “just get over.”  Families grieve and mourn and eventually learn to live a “new normal” life. 

  • Flu Vaccinations and Pregnant Women

    The flu shot has traditionally been an important part of a pregnant woman’s prenatal care. This year, the flu shot has become a controversial issue due to a recent study and proposed association between the flu shot and miscarriage.  Learn more about the study and flu vaccinations so you are knowledgeable and informed.


  • Know Where to Go For Care

    A doctor—and mom—shares her tips for choosing the right care at the right time at the right place.

  • Making the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointment

    Your doctors’ appointments are an important and valuable time to connect with your doctor, share your perspective and information, and learn from your doctor’s expertise.  The best appointments happen when patients are very prepared.

  • Keeping Your Baby Safe

    Baby safety is important for all new parents, but it doesn’t just stop there. Who else should stay up-to-date on the topic of keeping babies safe? Grandparents, older siblings, aunts, uncles and any other caregiver who may babysit or have a baby at their house can all benefit from these tips.

  • The Importance of Folic Acid

    Jennifer Deutsch, RD, Nutrition Services/Dietician Manager at The Women's Hospital
    Taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of your baby's brain and spinal cord. The CDC suggests that you start taking folic acid supplements daily for at least one month before you become pregnant and continue during pregnancy.


  • What’s Happening to My Body? 10 Common Pregnancy Discomforts

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    There can be many discomforts to a woman's body that may accompany pregnancy. Consulting with your doctor is always an important thing to do when suffering from any sort of pain, but you may find these tips below to be helpful to ease common pregnancy discomforts. 

  • High Risk Pregnancy

    What is a high risk pregnancy? There are many conditions that can complicate a pregnancy, classifying it high risk. A high risk pregnancy can include problems with the mother or problems with the baby.

  • Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During Pregnancy and Parenthood

    Cynthia Nunn, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    During my first pregnancy, I remember being tired all the time. Like, all the time. So unbelievably tired! There were moments I literally thought I was a crazy person.
    People had warned us of the effects a newborn would have on our life. However, we couldn’t really see past the rose-colored glasses which displayed the perfect little family and the perfect little child. Sleep deprivation was not part of the image portrayed in our minds. Yet this became a huge reality that neither myself, nor Ryan (my husband) really knew how to handle.

  • Swaddling

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    What does it mean to be swaddled? Swaddling is wrapping a blanket snugly around an infant.  Why do babies like to be swaddled? It helps to soothe them because it mimics the feeling a baby has inside Mom’s belly.

  • Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy

    Janice Hatler, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Community Education at The Women's Hospital

    Smoking remains a major public health issue because of its many well -known health risks such as heart disease and cancers. The health risks are even more serious for a woman that continues to smoke during her pregnancy due to the negative affects it has on the developing baby. Some of these risks include miscarriages, delivering low birth babies, babies born with birth defects and the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month

    Dr. Spencer Kuper, Perinatologist, Tri-State Perinatology at The Women's Hospital

    May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Many may recognize the diagnosis, sometimes called toxemia, as the cause of a dramatic turn of events in the popular PBS drama “Downton Abbey.”

    One of the main characters, Lady Sybil Crawley, is in labor with her first child. The family’s doctor explains that Sybil has preeclampsia and is in danger. He recognizes the signs of the complication; she has protein in her urine, her ankles are swollen, and her baby is small.

  • Baby Blues

    Sarah Kluender, LSW, Wellness and Counseling Services at The Women's Hospital

    You've been preparing for the last several months for the arrival of your new baby.  The nursery is ready.  You have everything you will need in order to care for the new baby.  Delivery went well and you and baby have returned home from the hospital, but something just doesn’t seem right.

  • Our Premature Miracle Baby

    Jenna Fettes, Wife and mother of two boys

    A week prior to the scary evening when I knew something wasn't right, we found out we were having a boy. We already decided on the name Asher, as I love names that have special meaning and are more unique. God truly guided us to the perfect name because Asher means "happy, blessed, fortunate," which truly defines him! 

  • Kick Counts

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    Your baby’s movement can be an indicator of fetal well-being. Many doctors encourage mothers to track their baby’s movements starting at 28 weeks of pregnancy. Monitoring movement also helps mothers to bond with their babies and learn their activity patterns.

  • Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

    By Flora Arzanipour, MSOM, Licensed Acupuncturist, Center for Healing Arts, The Women’s Hospital

    Many pregnant women have symptoms that may cause them discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to help relieve these symptoms. Besides providing relief for the mother, research shows that one acupuncture session a month during pregnancy can greatly improve your baby’s health.

  • Expecting Twins, Triplets, or More?!?

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    Many women who are pregnant with multiples (2 or more babies) are excited but also anxious. Some common thoughts that may go through your mind when expecting multiples include...

  • Breast Milk is the Best Baby Food

    Janice Hatler BSN, RN, IBCLC
    Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed babies, and provides infants with nutrition that cannot be matched by formula. Many people are aware that breastfeeding has health benefits for baby; however, moms who choose to breastfeed their babies enjoy many long and short-term benefits as well.

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