It’s time to talk about something every pregnant woman gets tested for in the third trimester- Group B streptococcus (GBS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women get a routine GBS screening at 35 to 37 weeks. This screening determines whether or not you carry the GBS bacteria. Before you jump to conclusions about this routine test, know that roughly 1 in 4 pregnant women test positive. A positive test is less dramatic than it sounds! We have all the… Read More

This past week, we had our second trimester group visit at Baby+Company. I really enjoyed the group visit during the first trimester, so I asked my husband to join me for this group visit (which is encouraged). I’m so glad he was there to gain additional insight, provide a soon-to-be dad’s perspective, and to participate in the group discussion. Vitals Check We started the appointment by taking and recording our own weight, taking one another’s blood pressure, and taking turns having our fundal height measured and listening to our babies’ heartbeats with the fetal doppler by Kate Layman, CNM. Read More

Your diet has a major impact on your health, and when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you’re ingesting impact your little one as well. Babies need extra nutrients, and you may not be getting certain critical elements in sufficient amounts – even if you stick to a balanced diet and especially if you have dietary restrictions like vegans, vegetarians, and people who are intolerant of gluten or dairy. That’s where a prenatal vitamin enters the picture. You know a prenatal vitamin is good for you (and the wee one!), and vitamins and minerals… Read More

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to read with your child about women who’ve made a difference in the world? The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911, and today, it’s a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It’s also a day to emphasize the need for gender parity. Each year, there is a theme, and for 2017, the theme is “Be Bold for Change.” The change they’re talking about is closing the gender gap in the workplace – with gendered… Read More

For the most part, I’ve been surprised by the immediate connections I’ve felt with other mothers. No one would call me a social butterfly, but put me in a room (or at a playground) with fellow moms, and within minutes we’ll be chatting about the best deals at Carter’s or lamenting the difficulty of finding a good sitter. These moms use a wide variety of parenting techniques and philosophies, many of which are quite different from mine. Usually, this opens the door to more discussion, and I often learn new things if I keep an open mind. For example, I… Read More

Last week, I provided a few tips for traveling while pregnant and revealed our babymoon destination. While we typically try to choose destinations we’ve never visited before for our vacations, but in this case, we knew what to expect as far as weather, accommodations, and adventure activities and we both agreed it’d be the perfect spot for our babymoon. Kauai, known as the “Garden Isle” is known for having one of the wettest spots on earth (Mount Wai’ale’ale) and the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii” (Waimea Canyon). It is less touristy than Oahu and Maui, and provides a great balance… Read More

While the term “babymoon” was originally coined in 1994 by Sheila Kitzinger to describe the time new parents have with their new baby during the hours and days after birth, it has evolved in definition to describe a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by soon-to-be parents before their baby’s arrival. We typically take an annual vacation for our anniversary (in May), but with baby due in mid-June, we decided to move our trip date to February and consider it our babymoon.  My tips for traveling while pregnant Book your babymoon for your second trimester when you are most comfortable Allow… Read More

When your baby is finally born, you likely feel an immediate and overwhelming love for him or her. After all, you’ve nourished this little one for the past nine months, feeling his kicks and hiccups and suffering through some serious discomfort on his behalf. You have been, quite literally, attached to your child! During the first few months, this love grows as your child depends on you for everything. Breastfeeding in particular is a powerful way to bond with your baby, and breastfeeding moms need to be on hand at regular and frequent intervals to nurse the newborn. Late… Read More

February may conjure up thoughts of Valentines and romance, but did you know it’s also National Children’s Dental Health Month? According to the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Thankfully, it’s preventable. The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this awareness month to promote the importance of oral health, even for babies and young children. This year’s slogan is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” referring to the fluoridation of the water in most communities. An optimal level of fluoride in water can help reduce the risk of tooth decay… Read More

One of the most important things you can do to ensure the health of your baby during pregnancy is being sure to eat a healthy, nutritious, and well-rounded diet. However, nausea and food aversions can promptly put an end to your plans of good nutrition during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. I found this to be true for me but I’m happy to report that once I entered the second trimester, my aversions have waned and I can prioritize eating healthier once again. Battling Food Aversions in the First Trimester The first trimester was a definite challenge for… Read More

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