My first son was born after a difficult 36 hours of labor. The labor was hard and fast, with protracted contractions 2-3 minutes apart and no more than 4 minutes apart for 30 hours.
Relatively speaking, I think I had a fairly easygoing pregnancy. Outside of some pretty bad morning sickness in the first trimester, I remained very mobile and went to work up until it was GO TIME. I didn’t have swollen ankles, I wasn’t uncomfortably big, and I felt more energetic than I felt tired. So towards the end, […]
Congratulations ? you?re pregnant! So, are you having a boy or a girl? Everywhere you go, you?ll certainly be asked this question. Whether you decide to find out your baby?s gender as early as possible (hey, you may want to get a head start on choosing the right color paint for the nursery), or you decide to let your baby?s gender be a delivery day surprise, there are some facts and myths that can make the guessing game fun until you find out for sure.
Nothing Ive ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children. ~ Bill Cosby As a new mother, there is an undeniable intuitive knowing and connection between a mother and her child. Your baby is totally dependent on you and is comforted just by your energy, scent, heartbeat, and voice.
You’re at that “any day now” point in your pregnancy, and you’re ready to pack your hospital bag. These days, most hospitals provide essentials like diapers and formula, but it’s comforting to know you have the brands or types of items you prefer. “A general rule is to minimize stress in this situation,” notes Catherine Ruhl, CNM, MS, associate director for women’s health programs at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.