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Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

June 14, 2019

Was that just gas pains or am I in labor?

My feet are suddenly swelling and my head feels like it is about to explode…

Pregnancy is full of questions and concerns and there may be days when you feel like you...Read more

Sleeping Baby

May 29, 2019

Imagine a crib with a fitted crib sheet and nothing in it but a baby.

No blankets, no toys, no stuffed animals.

Seems kind of plain and boring and not very fashionable.

A crib with no style?

...Read more

Adoption

May 17, 2019

Last Sunday I was scrolling through Facebook, reading all the posts about love and thanks and blessings that had to do with Mother’s Day.

Then I came across a post that said:

“Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who made...Read more

Baby Bump

May 9, 2019

When I was pregnant with my first son, I was nervous and excited. I was thinking about all the changes that were about to occur in my life… and to my body.

The BABY BUMP!

I could not wait for the...Read more

Miscarriage

April 25, 2019

I can’t think of anything more devastating than the loss of a child.

In the world of pregnancy care, miscarriage is that grief-causing, devastating loss of a child.

If you have experienced a miscarriage, I pray for your healing and...Read more

Smoking and Pregnancy

April 12, 2019

Quitting is hard. I get it.

If someone told me that I had to stop eating chocolate during my pregnancy, I’m sure I’d panic.

Chocolate is my “go to”:

It helps me when I’m stressed. It makes me happy. Truth be...Read more

Talking to your baby?

April 5, 2019

It’s never too early to start talking to your baby. Studies show that a newborn baby can recognize a mother’s voice after delivery!

Since your baby doesn’t UNDERSTAND what you’re saying, you really can say anything to your...Read more

Ultrasound Part 2

April 4, 2019

Depending on how far along you are, this is what your baby might look like on ultrasound:

21 days gestation -( Your last cycle was about 5 weeks ago) A cute little white shape about 1/8 of an inch long....Read more

Ultrasounds

March 13, 2019

You took a pregnancy test and it was POSITIVE, when should you have an ultrasound?

Your first Ultrasound is normally done around 6-8 weeks.

Mary’s House offers no- cost limited ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy.

Why...Read more

Is a Pregnancy Test ever Wrong?

March 7, 2019

Your cycle is a day late. You’re not concerned and keep going about your business. Two days later, you still haven’t started. You go back to the calendar on your phone, checking to see if your dates are right. You think, “I am always on schedule, what's going on...Read more

Unexpected Joys of Motherhood

February 25, 2019

Motherhood is filled with many moments where you want to pull your hair out

and then are those redeeming moments of unexpected joy.

I experienced one of those moments of unexpected joy recently.

Normally I’m pretty...Read more

Surround yourself with Positive People

February 18, 2019

Surround yourself with positivity

Have you ever noticed that there are some people that just by the sheer act of being around them makes you happy?

Pregnancy should be a beautiful time in your life. A time to celebrate the gift of...Read more

Keeping a Pregnancy Journal

February 4, 2019

Have you ever kept a diary

And went back a year later to read it?

Talk about entertainment!

Having a pregnancy diary might be entertaining.

Having a pregnancy diary might also help...Read more

Prenatal Vitamins

January 21, 2019

When should you start taking prenatal vitamins?

1. If you are trying to become pregnant.

2. If you think you are pregnant.

3. As soon as you find out you are pregnant!

4. You will take...Read more

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

January 8, 2019

We all know that a healthy diet is important during pregnancy.

A SAFE diet is also important during pregnancy.

You might really love uncooked sushi, blue cheese and raw chocolate chip cookie dough

But when you are...Read more

Christmas time

December 24, 2018

Christmas is a time of joy, excitement and children make this time of the year so special!

When they’re babies ,

looking at your baby feels like the best Christmas present ever, filling you with joy and excitement of all...Read more

Childbirth and Newborn Care

December 10, 2018

Pregnancy Class 101

You should go to a pregnancy class if you answer YES to any of these:

1. It’s your first, second or third, or fourth… baby

3. You’re excited, nervous, afraid or worried about...Read more

Baby Names

November 26, 2018

Looking for a baby name?

You get to name another human being! How exciting is that!!

Exciting yes, but maybe not as easy as you thought it would be.

Here are some of our ideas for...Read more

How to have a 6 lb baby

November 13, 2018

Everyone is talking about low birth weight babies

and with good reason…

It’s not a good thing.

First of all, Low Birth Weight means that when a baby is born, he or...Read more

Medication and Pregnancy

October 29, 2018

Do you take any "over-the-counter" medications?

Any prescription medications?

Vitamins?

Herbal medicines?

If you answered YES, call your doctor when you find out you are pregnant and tell them EVERYTHING that you take....Read more

Pregnancy and Depression

October 15, 2018

I have the Pregnancy Glow, so why do I feel so sad?

On the outside

Your hair may look great, long, lush, healthy and shiny Your skin has never looked better, pimples have disappeared Your fingernails are finally growing and...Read more

Morning Sickness

October 1, 2018

That sudden, overwhelming urge to vomit is often the first “ A ha” moment when you realize you might be pregnant.

I guess you could say that it serves a good purpose at that moment…

It makes you get a pregnancy...Read more

Boy or Girl?

September 17, 2018

Or is it?

When you find out you’re pregnant, it seems like most people you meet will have an old wives’ tale to tell you if you’re having a boy or a girl.

Are you carrying low?

...Read more

Signs you might need breastfeeding help

September 3, 2018

One day I was talking to April, our Lactation Consultant about how I felt like a bad mom when I had trouble with breastfeeding. She assured me that I was not alone and had these tips for nursing moms.

...Read more

Need a Nap?

August 20, 2018

What is it about pregnancy that makes a nap sound so good?

Maybe it’s being tired from all the running back and forth to the bathroom, maybe it’s the being awakened in the middle of the night by the kicks from what feels like an...Read more

Pregnant and Panting?

August 6, 2018

Did anyone tell you that exercise was an essential part of pregnancy?

If you’re panting just from sitting outside, you’re probably a pregnant woman in Louisiana!

It’s difficult to get in a good workout without panting during these hot Louisiana days,...Read more

The Beauty of a Baby Shower!

July 20, 2018

Who doesn’t like a good party?

Food, cake, and gifts are all great things, but add a pregnant woman and you have the best party ever! Yup, you guessed it! A baby shower!

I was more excited...Read more

Quench your Thirst

July 9, 2018

If you already drink 8 glasses of water a day, good job!

If not, you better head to that faucet!

Some women find it hard to drink enough water but here’s why it’s so important...Read more

Sweet Dreams

June 25, 2018

Oh, the dreams that pregnancy brings!

Now that you’re pregnant, have you noticed that your dreams have changed? All of a sudden you went from dreaming in black and white to full- blown, high definition, vivid color, big screen, action...Read more

Have you heard about Folic Acid?

May 21, 2018

Before you found out you were pregnant, you probably never thought about Folic Acid.

Now it’s one of the most important things you need to think about!

* It’s the thing every pregnant woman needs.

* It’s the...Read more

Drop-In Delivery

May 9, 2018

Drop- In Delivery: Why Emergency Room Delivery as your first doctor visit is a bad idea

One of the most important stages of any relationship is the “getting to know you” stage.

So true for the doctor/pregnant patient relationship!

Before delivery,...Read more

Eating for Two - Hitting the Food Jackpot?

April 26, 2018

I’m pregnant! Look out favorite fried chicken place, here I come!

Before you throw back all those extra calories here are a few things you should know about “eating for two”.

You really only need an extra 300 calories a day. That’s...Read more

Pack Your Bag, You're Having a Baby!

April 19, 2018

Now that it’s time to have your baby, what should you bring to the hospital?

Not as much as you might think…

Most of the necessities that you and your baby need will be provided by the...Read more

Taking a ride on the Pregnancy Emotional Roller Coaster?

April 6, 2018

Pregnancy can be one the most overwhelming, exciting, worrisome and wonderful times of your life. So, it is only natural that you will become emotional. Top that off with a serious boost of hormones, and you can expect to see some changes in your personality.

When I...Read more

Breast Milk Is Best!

March 6, 2018

Breastfeeding comes easy for some moms and not so easy for others. You fit in to one of these categories, so you’re completely normal!

Here are 5 fantastic facts about breastfeeding:

A breastfed baby has a decreased risk of ear infections, colds, stomach bugs and risk...Read more

I’m Pregnant, Now What?

March 5, 2018

You might think that all women just know what to do when they get pregnant. That’s not true!

When I got pregnant, even though I was a nurse and excited about my pregnancy, I had a lot of questions. I felt discouraged and frustrated and I didn’t know...Read more

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