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

Prenatal Testing

Amniotic Fluid Volume

When the amount of amniotic fluid is unusually high or low, it may signal a problem with your baby. There are two terms to become familiar with. Oligohydamnios, which means not enough amniotic fluid, is associated with a prolonged rupture of membranes,

Nutrition

Meal Planning Helps for Pregnancy

Your nutritional needs may have increased because you are pregnant, but that does not mean your appetite or even your stomach size has increased. If you are having difficulty eating, or can not stand the sight of food, here are some ideas

Preparation Exercises

Childbirth Meditation | Grow

This post is one in a series of childbirth meditations. This post focuses on the word grow, and the ways you grow during pregnancy and childbirth. Meditations for “grow” Growth is to be expected when you are learning new things. The growth

Prenatal Testing

Fetal Movement Counting

Fetal movement counting, also known as fetal kick counting, is an easy indicator of your baby’s well-being that can be done at home. You may have it recommended to you if you have pregnancy induced hypertension or gestational diabetes. Basically, it is

Prenatal Testing

Contraction Stress Test

Similar to the non-stress test (NST), the contraction stress test (CST) is a measure of overall well being. It is able to indicate problems earlier than a NST, but takes more time to do and costs more. While the NST is looking