December 2011

Gallbladder Issues During Pregnancy

Those pregnancy hormones can sure do a lot of disruption while they are in our bodies.  In fact, some pregnancy conditions, such as gestational diabetes and cholestasis, go away almost the instant the placenta is gone.  That is because it contains the bulk of the hormones we produce during pregnancy.  Gallstones and other gallbladder issues are common pregnancy ailments as well, and are also caused by pregnancy hormones.

Getting Through an Office Party during Early Pregnancy

"Being pregnant does not mean you have to exclude yourself from holiday gatherings"

The first trimester of pregnancy is usually the worst three months of the entire pregnancy.  Nausea, cramps, and headaches are only a few of the physical problems associated with early pregnancy.  Dealing with the first trimester is difficult when dealing with day to day activities, and getting through an office holiday party during early pregnancy might seem impossible.  Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to help you enjoy what is supposed to be a fun gathering with your coworkers.

What is a Fetal Fibronectin Test?

Some pregnancies are more challenging than others.  One of the biggest issues facing the third trimester is the risk of premature labor.  If you have ever made trip after trip to labor and delivery to have your contractions monitored, you know just how stressful those early contractions can be.  As I was going through this myself in recent weeks, I discovered a really helpful test, called the fetal fibronectin test.

How Much Gear Do I Really Need for Baby?

Activity Centers, Carriers, and Playards - oh my!

When you are shopping for your first baby, it is easy to get caught up in all the shiny toys, gadgets, gear and other fun items.  For me, it is a way to get into the mood of having a baby – I get to get something cute and bought especially for this baby.  All of those must-haves can add up very quickly, however, especially if you buy only new items.  If you are on a budget, there are quite a few baby gear items that your baby will live without, and never know they were missing something.