Congratulations! You’re pregnant! The first trimester is full of  big changes, and if you’ve never been pregnant before (and even if you have!), there can be symptoms that leave you wondering is this normal? Have no fear; today’s blog will look at some of the myths and realities of early pregnancy – what’s normal and what’s not. Remember: you know your body best, so if you have any questions or concerns, or feel something isn’t right, it’s always a good idea to call your midwife and check in with her. There’s no harm in being cautious! Morning Sickness… Read More

After you see that positive pregnancy test, the next question on your mind is probably “When am I going to start showing?” As you eagerly await that baby bump and browse for new clothes at the maternity store, you might not be sure when you’re actually going to get to debut them. Most women gain between 15 and 40 pounds during pregnancy, and your first few months will be filled with physical changes. In your eagerness to spot your burgeoning bump, though, you might begin to wonder if you’re starting to show or if you just ate too much chili. Read More

  It’s early on in your pregnancy, but already your pants are tight and your belly feels big – no, it’s not your imagination! Bloating is a common symptom of pregnancy, usually showing up in the first trimester, around week 10 or 11. Like so many other bodily changes during pregnancy, hormones are to blame – namely, progesterone. Progesterone is the hormone that is responsible for maintaining a healthy pregnancy (“pro-gestation”). When progesterone levels rise, it can also cause things like bloating and gas, because it relaxes smooth muscle (like the uterus). The intestines are also smooth muscle, and an… Read More

Your diet has a major impact on your health, and when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you’re ingesting impact your little one as well. Babies need extra nutrients, and you may not be getting certain critical elements in sufficient amounts – even if you stick to a balanced diet and especially if you have dietary restrictions like vegans, vegetarians, and people who are intolerant of gluten or dairy. That’s where a prenatal vitamin enters the picture. You know a prenatal vitamin is good for you (and the wee one!), and vitamins and minerals… Read More

It’s hard to believe that I’m already over a third of the way through my pregnancy! In celebration of entering my second trimester, I’ve detailed the highs, lows, and everything in between of my first trimester. Most Exciting Moments… Getting a positive pregnancy test! (3 weeks 4 days) Seeing our baby’s heartbeat on ultrasound for the first time (7 weeks) Seeing our baby moving around on ultrasound (11 weeks) Sharing the news with our friends and family Finding out the sex of our baby (12 weeks 2 days) Feeling the baby’s first movements (12 weeks 4 days) Most Challenging Moment…… Read More

Autumn has been chronicling her pregnancy journey with Baby+Company, and we were so excited to see her for her very first appointment at the birth center in Cary – the first trimester visit! Autumn met with nurse-midwife Angela to talk about the first trimester and get answers to any questions she might have. We chatted with Autumn after her appointment to find out how everything went. B+C:  Hi, Autumn! How were you feeling about your first trimester visit? AF: I felt great. This wasn’t actually my first visit of this pregnancy, since I’d already seen an OB-GYN,… Read More

I am not a medical expert. The information I am sharing below is from my own research and personal experience. The following is a personal account of my experience with infertility and IVF. Infertility and IVF Facts Infertility effects 1 in 8 couples in the U.S. and 1 in 6 couples worldwide. The causes of infertility are evenly divided: 1/3 of all infertility cases are unexplained, 1/3 are male factor, 1/3 are female factor Most fertility treatments, including IVF are typically NOT covered by insurance (nor are the medications) and can cost anywhere between $10,000-$25,000 per cycle (including the cost… Read More

Choosing what first trimester screening to do (or not to do) can be an overwhelming process. Beth Tyson, CNM did a wonderful job outlining the first trimester screening options during my first trimester group visit. The Nuchal Translucency (NT) scan and accompanying blood test is the most common first trimester screening. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can also be done in the first trimester and this consists of a simple blood test. NIPT tends to be more expensive and is not always covered by insurance. We chose to do both the NT ultrasound and the Harmony (NIPT) blood test. The NT… Read More

So you’re expecting, and want to share the news with family and friends, especially during the holiday season. In this age of social media, the sky’s the limit with what you can do, especially with the filters, photo editing apps, different platforms, and so forth. Here are some ideas for your holiday pregnancy announcement. Why not hang a pacifier, adorned with a ribbon printed with the expected birth month, from the tree like an ornament, and when people notice, tell them your news? If you’re feeling especially crafty, pick up a clear plastic ornament ball and fill it with tinsel,… Read More

With so much planning and preparation going into conceiving our baby, I’ve had ample time to research and think about what kind of prenatal care I’d like to receive and where I’d like to give birth. When we first started trying to conceive in 2014, a close friend who was planning on giving birth at a birth center, recommended we tour a local birth center (Baby+Company Cary had not yet opened). Learning about Midwife-centered care was intriguing to me, as was the option to have a non-medicated and minimal intervention birth. Shortly after touring this birth center, I heard the… Read More

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