Nutrition

11 Quick Foods to satisfy pregnancy cravings

When you are running short on time, it can be very tempting to skip a meal or stop for fast food. You can eat a healthy meal in a rush, but you need to think beyond your basic meat and potatoes dinner.

Preparation Exercises

Childbirth Meditation | Improve

This post is one in a series of childbirth meditations. This post focuses on the word improve, and the ways you improve during pregnancy and childbirth. Meditations for “Improve” There is an amazing ambition within the human heart. We seek always to

Prenatal Testing

Group Beta Strep Testing (GBS)

Group B Strep is a normal intestinal bacteria that sometimes migrates from the digestive tract to the anal area. At 35-37 weeks pregnancy your midwife will ask you to test for Group B Strep. This involves taking a swab of the perineal

Understanding Pain

Pain Management Series: Gate Control

According to the Gate Control Theory, you can block a painful stimulus (close the gate) and thereby reduce or prevent pain. This theory draws from the presence of two different types of never fibers. The large nerve fibers transfer pressure, non-damaging heat

Understanding Pain

Pain Management Series: Fear Tension Pain

  According to the Fear Tension Pain theory of pain management, the fear (or stress) a woman experiences during labor causes her body to react in ways that increase the pain. The originator of this theory, Dr. Dick-Read, hypothesized labor was not

Nutrition

Your Secret Pantry Stash for Pregnancy

So you are pregnant, and want to eat healthy, but… Maybe you cannot eat very much at a time because of pregnancy nausea. Maybe you don’t have the energy to cook your normal foods because of pregnancy fatigue. Maybe food aversions make

Preparation Exercises

Childbirth Meditation | Honor

This post is one in a series of childbirth meditations. This post focuses on the word honor, and the honor given and received during pregnancy and childbirth. Meditations for “honor” If you are accustomed to thinking of honor as something you achieve

Prenatal Testing

Glucose Challenge

The Glucose Challenge Test (GCT) is used to screen expectant mothers for gestational diabetes. Because there are no signs or symptoms of gestational diabetes, the GTT has become standard for every pregnant woman. Your glucose levels will also be monitored using the

Prenatal Testing

Biophysical Profile

A biophysical profile is essentially a physical examination of your baby before being born. It is composed of five markers of health which are each scored between 2 (normal) and 0 (abnormal). The markers are: Fetal breathing movements Fetal movement Fetal tone