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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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Do you take any "over-the-counter" medications?
Any prescription medications?
If you answered YES, call your doctor when you find out you are pregnant and tell them EVERYTHING that you take....Read more
I have the Pregnancy Glow, so why do I feel so sad?
On the outsideYour 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
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
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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: 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
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
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
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
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