Many women discover that they can’t see an OBGYN until they’re 10-12 weeks along. However, this is an arbitrary designation. You can actually start your prenatal care earlier. In fact, we would encourage you to be seen by an OBGYN or Board Certified Nurse-Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. At Baby+Co., we believe in seeing you as soon as you know you’re pregnant. Today, we’ll talk about some of the common reasons for the delay in prenatal care with OBGYNs in the United States have, as well as what you can do at… Read More

Complete Care isn’t just our philosophy – it’s our practice. Have you ever left the doctor feeling unheard? Frustrated by long waits and short appointments? Or that gnawing feeling that your pregnancy and birth plan isn’t a collaborative effort but is, rather, a series of decisions being made for you by your provider? We’ve been there – we’re moms, too. At Baby+Co., we believe that women and their families deserve better maternity care. Plain and simple. We designed our Complete Care model to be grounded in evidence, combining best-in-class medical services with wellness practices that considers physical and emotional needs –… Read More

You’re pregnant. You’re over the moon about your new baby, but you may not feel the same way about your healthcare provider. Believe it or not, this is a common feeling. Most parents-to-be don’t realize that they can change care providers even late in pregnancy. Whatever your reason, remember that it is common to change providers and that it doesn’t need to be complicated. You deserve to feel respected, informed, and supported in your choices. Below are some helpful tips if you are interested in changing your prenatal care provider. 1. Request Your Medical Records ASAP You are entitled to… Read More

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

After months of trying, I finally saw those two pink lines on my pregnancy test. That rush of excitement, adrenaline, joy, and more than a little trepidation is unlike anything I’ve experienced. I immediately wanted to share it with someone – my husband, of course, and my mother and father and sisters, and my neighbor who is also pregnant, and Facebook, and pretty much everyone I bumped into. But most advice I’ve read says to wait until you’re past the first trimester (the “danger zone” for miscarriages) before you start sharing the news. What’s a joyful pregnant woman to… Read More

While there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, many women can benefit from supplementation for preconception and pregnancy. Supplements should definitely not take place of a nutrient-rich diet, but they are a good addition! Due to modern farming practices, a large amount of our soil is depleted from important nutrients, and supplements can help ensure there aren’t any gaps in your nutrient intake. Always remember to check with your Board Certified Nurse-Midwife or health care provider to be sure you are taking the right supplements for you and your body! So, what supplements should you take? Prenatal Vitamins New Chapter… Read More

Pregnancy brings endless changes – new symptoms and feelings crop up, physical side effects abound, and it can be overwhelming, both physically and mentally. Even though you might be busy with work, preparing for baby, running errands, and dealing with everyday life, it’s important to take time for yourself to make sure you’re healthy for you and your baby. Here are some ways to practice self-care during this time. Rest Pregnancy can be exhausting – after all, you’re growing a person. Your body is working overtime, which means fatigue is a common byproduct. Take time each day to… Read More

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