Many parents arrive to the delivery room with the expectation that their baby will be born via the traditional lithotomy position (back-lying, legs up in stirrups). However, this is not the only birthing position, nor is it necessarily the best one for every woman. A multitude of positions exist and current research suggests that utilizing a variety of positions during the active phase of labor (i.e. pushing) may be beneficial. Not only are you able to try different positions while you push, you should be encouraged to do so whenever possible!
With so many types of seafood and fish oil supplements available to us, it is hard to understand how they each measure up and which are safe in pregnancy. You may have heard that some fish and shellfish contain too much metal called methylmercury and can be harmful in pregnancy. However, it is also important to have enough fish in your diet to provide healthy omega-3 fatty acids to optimize our baby’s brain development.
Dr. Shannon M. Clark discusses perinatal mood and anxiety disorders with perinatal psychiatrist, Dr. Nichelle Haynes.
Congratulations! You’re pregnant, so now what? Must you sit still for nine months? Or can you keep working out? The answers: no and yes.
A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy with maternal and/or fetal complications that requires additional testing, surveillance, or medical or surgical interventions to either treat or assess the progressing pregnancy. A woman may enter a pregnancy already high risk or the pregnancy may start off as normal and become high risk as the pregnancy progresses.