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By bounce129 Dec 02, 2012 634 Words
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and special part of a woman’s life. Now that you are pregnant your baby is growing, your body will be and is changing and so will your life. Having a baby brings all sorts of different feelings. Some of those feelings might be excitment, sadness, happiness and being stressed of the worries of being a parent. It is ok to feel all these feelings. Taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of your unborn child. Sometimes, life gives us complications and the pregnancy might not go as planned. Pregnancy complications are health problems that can mean special care is needed. Common pregnancy problems include anemia, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and bleeding from the vagina. Some of the complications can be managed easily. Others can be more serious which can threaten the life of the baby or even the life of the mother. Having prenatal care will help keep the mother and the baby safe and healthy. At each checkup a provider, whether it be an obstetrician, a family practice doctor, a midwife or a women’s health nurse practitioner, checks the health of the mother and the growing baby. The provider also checks the weight of the mother along with a blood and urine test. When the mother is about 18-20 weeks pregnant she gets to experience the exciting moment of seeing her baby for the first time with an ultrasound. An ultrasound uses sound waves to show a picture of the baby in the uterus. It lets the provider check on the baby’s health and development. With the ultrasound you may be able to tell the sex of the baby. Besides just telling the sex of the baby an ultrasound also checks for several things including; baby’s growth and to help figure out the due date; baby’s heartbeat, muscle tone and movement; baby’s overall development; birth defects like spina bifida or Down syndrome; multiple pregnancy; and any complications including miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. The parent’s needs to talk to their provider about the best care of the mother and the baby no matter what an ultrasound might show. The time has come and nine months of waiting is finally here. Most women deliver between 37 and 40 weeks of pregnancy. Once at the hospital or the choice the parents make on where to have their baby, the health provider will monitor both the mother and baby during the three stages of labor. Labor occurs in these three stages: early labor and active labor; baby born; and delivery of placenta. Labor is different for every woman. Some women use medications to deal with labor pain. Others use non-drug choices such as relaxation or breathing. No matter the method the mother choices or changes to during labor, keeping the mother and baby is the most important thing. Being pregnant is one of life’s most beautiful miracles. The whole process from conception to birth is so complex yet so amazing. Information and having the father’s involvement has evolved so much even since I had my son 8 years ago. I believe this is imperative for the health of both the mother and baby. Even though the mother’s body is changing, letting the father be a part of the whole pregnancy and involving him in everything I believe helps the father feel a part of the pregnancy. I discovered this in my pregnancy and in speaking with the Reagan’s during their interview. I believe Anne Christian Buchanan and Debra K. Kingporn, The Quickening Heart: A Journal for Expectant Mothers said it best, “To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.

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