Second trimester: The next step of your pregnancy journey

Heading into your second trimester of pregnancy or wondering what it will be like when you are pregnant? Here's what to expect. The second trimester spans from weeks 13 to 28. A full-term pregnancy generally lasts about 40 weeks, which is counted from the first day of your last normal period. For many people, the second trimester is easier than the first. Morning sickness and fatigue have stopped, and generally you'll feel more energetic and more like you did before you got pregnant. You may exp...

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4/29/2024 3:21:00 PM Comments(0)

The First Trimester

The first time you learn that you’re pregnant marks the beginning of an exciting journey. Pregnancy usually is measured by weeks, and a typical pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. Those weeks are grouped into trimesters. The first trimester starts on the first day of your last menstrual period and ends at 13 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy. During the first trimester, your baby's major organs, limbs, parts of the face and eyelids start to develop. Early-pregnancy changes At this stage, your body start...

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3/22/2024 5:47:00 PM Comments(0)

What to know about high blood pressure during pregnancy

High blood pressure during pregnancy is very common. And for most people, it doesn't cause any harm. In some cases, however, it can lead to complications. Here's what you need to know about the different types of high blood pressure you might experience during your pregnancy. Gestational hypertension This type of high blood pressure starts after the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy and usually goes away within 12 weeks of delivery. Though it typically isn't serious, sometimes it can cause more s...

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6/30/2023 12:30:00 PM Comments(0)

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

If you're pregnant, it's important to avoid certain foods and drinks to protect your baby's health. Be safe, and avoid the following: Alcohol. Any amount of alcohol can cause serious mental and physical health problems for your child. Don't take the risk. Certain fish. Some large fish may have mercury, which is harmful. Types include: • Bigeye tuna. • King mackerel. • Marlin. • Orange roughy. • Tilefish. • Shark. • Swordfish. • White albacore tuna&...

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5/17/2023 2:03:00 PM Comments(0)

9 reasons why breastfeeding is great for your baby and you

You've heard it before: Breastfeeding offers the best food for babies. But did you know that breastfeeding has health benefits for moms too? If you decide to breastfeed your baby—and the choice is up to you—you may want to know more about the benefits for both of you. But first, it's also important to know the current breastfeeding recommendations. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that you: • Feed your baby only breastmilk for six months. • Keep breastfeeding un...

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8/23/2022 9:37:00 AM Comments(0)

Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

If you deal with unstable menstrual periods, facial hair and acne, you may be one of the 5% to 26% of women with polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS . PCOS is common among women between the ages of 15 and 44, or during their childbearing years. Most patients are diagnosed when they struggle to get pregnant in their 20s and 30s. In fact, PCOS is the most common reason for infertility. The disorder is caused by an imbalance in reproductive hormones, which hinders a woman's egg release and ovulation cyc...

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5/3/2022 2:00:00 PM Comments(0)

Breastfeeding Care from Our Certified Lactation Consultant

Breastfeeding can promote healthy growth and development, life-long protection against serious disease, and special bonding opportunities between mother and child. The process can also present its fair share of challenges, including: Breast Engorgement Poor Breastfeeding Latch Tongue Tie Difficulties with milk supply Nipple pain Nipple confusion Clogged Milk Duct Mastitis Breast Infection Inadequate infant weight gain Infant fussiness at the breast Inverted nipples Premature births Nursing after...

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1/21/2022 11:23:00 AM Comments(0)

Q&A: Coronavirus and pregnancy

We still don't know a lot about the effect of the coronavirus—or the disease it causes, COVID-19—on pregnant women and their babies. But here's some information based on what health experts and recent studies can tell us. Q. Do pregnant women have an increased risk for getting the coronavirus? A. It doesn't appear that pregnancy and childbirth increase the risk for infection with the virus. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , pregnant women...

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2/24/2021 5:07:00 PM Comments(0)

Breastfeeding: Good for Baby and for You

When it comes to feeding your baby, Mother Nature knows best. Breast milk has just what a baby needs to grow and thrive. Plus, breastfeeding is good for you too. Here are some of the benefits you'll both enjoy. Breast milk has the right mix of protein, fat, sugar and water. It's also easy for a baby to digest. Breast milk helps protect your baby from illness, such as an ear infection. It lowers the risk of SIDS sudden infant death syndrome , and breastfed babies have a lower risk for problems li...

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8/11/2020 4:45:00 PM Comments(0)

Endometriosis: 5 things to know now

Doctors don't yet know exactly what causes endometriosis, a health problem that by some estimates affects more than 6.5 million U.S. women. It happens when the endometrium—tissue that normally lines the womb—grows where it doesn't belong. Here are five key facts to understand about this noncancerous condition: 1. Most often, the displaced tissue affects pelvic organs. These include the ovaries, fallopian tubes and other surfaces of the womb. But endometrial tissue can also spread far...

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4/25/2019 1:41:00 PM Comments(0)

Zika and Pregnancy: What you should know

Zika is a virus that is spread to people mostly through the bite of an infected mosquito. An infected person also can pass the virus to someone during sex, but the most alarming aspect of Zika is that an infected pregnant woman can pass the virus to her unborn child with potentially tragic results. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. These include a brain deformity called microcephaly, vision and hearing problems, and stunted growth. There is no vaccine to prevent ...

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12/20/2016 12:48:00 PM Comments(0)

Breastfeeding and Work

World Breastfeeding Week WBW , taking place August 1-7, 2015, is a week-long observance that promotes the advantages of breastfeeding and its important health benefits for mother and baby. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County DOH-Polk and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children WIC support WBW by encouraging mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life. This year’s theme, Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s M...

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7/22/2015 2:23:00 PM Comments(0)