Pregnancy

Congratulations on your new pregnancy

We would like to provide you with a source of general information about pregnancy and how your prenatal care will be managed.  We understand that pregnancy is both exciting and at times anxiety-provoking. This is a broad outline of information that should be useful and help answer some of your questions. All the information presented may [...]

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What to Expect During Your Prenatal Visits

This is a general guideline of what will occur at visits during a routine, uncomplicated pregnancy. If you are high risk or having problems you will be seen more often. If you believe there is something occurring in your pregnancy that may be different, always ask! First Prenatal Visit This is normally about 8 to 10 weeks from your last [...]

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General pregnancy information

These are some of the common issues that patients ask about.  If your pregnancy is high risk or you have questions about this information please ask. Breast care Your breasts will become larger and more sensitive during the first trimester of pregnancy. This may increase again as you get closer to delivery. There may also be leaking of [...]

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Nutrition in pregnancy

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Nutrition and pregnancy go hand in hand.  You should gain about 25-30 pounds during your pregnancy if you are at or near your ideal body weight at conception.  If you are underweight or over-weight we will discuss adjustments with you. General rules A slow steady weight gain is best-about ½-1 pound a week. The first trimester you may [...]

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Food safety in pregnancy

There has been a great deal of controversy about food safety in pregnancy. We have included some information you may find helpful during your pregnancy. Pregnant women are considered a group that is high risk for food-borne illnesses. Therefore these guidelines should be carefully followed at all times: Clean, separate, cook, and chill. [...]

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Testing during pregancy

Ultrasound Ultrasound or sonography is an easy, noninvasive way to see internal structures of the baby by sending a high frequency soundwave through the abdomen.  Soundwaves travel through the abdomen and bounce back off structures.  The bounce back waves return to a transducer and are seen as an image on the screen.  This sound is [...]

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Childbirth classes

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We very strongly encourage prenatal classes, as they will make you and your partner more comfortable with the birth experience.  Be sure to register between 20-24 weeks so you may obtain a space! Shady Grove Adventist Hospital also has VBAC classes, breast feeding classes, infant CPR and will arrange hospital tours.  Shady Grove has a [...]

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Cord blood banking

Pregnancy

Cord blood banking is a birth option that enables expectant parents to have their newborn’s cord blood collected and cryopreserved for future use. The stem cells are a genetic match for your baby and may be useful for siblings, parents or cousins. This is important because stem cell transplants from a relative have a significant [...]

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Labor Instructions

As you approach the end of your pregnancy there are a number of changes you may experience as your body prepares for the birth of your baby. Normal changes at term Increased pelvic pressure Increase in vaginal discharge Increase in intensity and frequency of Braxton Hicks contractions. The contractions do not have a pattern but may [...]

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Postpartum Instructions

newborn baby

Appointments Please call to schedule a visit for 2 weeks after Cesarean Section with another visit at 6 weeks. We should see you 6 weeks after a normal vaginal delivery. We may ask you to come in sooner if you had a complicated pregnancy or delivery. If you think there is something wrong, we will bring you in as needed. At the post partum [...]

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Supply list for the new mother and baby

Car Seat.  Be sure to have it checked for correct installation and placed in the car for the  trip home.  Check here for more information on babies and car seats. Several prepared meals for when you get home Phone numbers for restaurants that deliver or a delivery service such as Waiter on the Way Mattress cover for the adult bed [...]

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