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Breast or Bottle Feeding?

Experts agree that breast-feeding is best. It helps create a bond between you and your baby and provides the best nutrition for your infant. It also protects your little one against many illnesses. Breast-feeding may be natural, but it takes practice. You and your baby learn together. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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My Breasts Are Killing Me

Breasts can become incredibly tender with pregnancy. The hormones of pregnancy start stimulating the breast to grow the milk-making machinery in a process called lactogenesis. 

The rapidly growing breasts stretch the overlying skin and place the internal architecture under tension. They feel full and tender. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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COVID-19: The facts

We have vaccines for many deadly viruses that harm humans. The pandemic of 2019-2020 has shown the USA what life can be like when we are missing one crucial vaccine. COVID-19 is three times more infectious than the flu and twice as deadly. 

Up to 50% of COVID-19 positive individuals are completely asymptomatic. 80% have mild to no symptoms. About 20% become ill enough to be hospitalized. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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Diabetes and Pregnancy

Seven percent of pregnancies are affected by diabetes. Women either have diabetes before pregnancy or they become diabetic during pregnancy. Women with pre-existing diabetes make up 1-2% of all pregnancies. Women with pre-existing diabetes (Type 1 or 2) are closely monitored to make sure their blood sugar levels remain near normal. 

High blood sugar levels in early pregnancy can cause miscarriage and birth defects. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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Emergency: When Do I Call?

After 36 weeks there are specific reasons you should call your doctor’s office or answering service if it is after hours. Whether it’s related to regular uterine contractions, lack of baby movement, water breaking or ruptured membrane, or bleeding, know the concerns and when to get in touch immediately. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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Fetal Kick Counts

A healthy baby moves frequently in your uterus. You can help look out for the health of your baby by counting the number of times your baby kicks, twists, hiccups, or turns. Doing this is called Fetal Kick Counts. With time and familiarity, you will become aware of movement patterns. Before 28 weeks it is normal to feel the baby move 3-4 times a day. The baby is moving more than that, but because the baby is still small you may not feel every movement. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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Healthy Eating Habits in Pregnancy

Many women in the USA are on a diet of one sort or another. Once pregnant, the restrictions that they’ve placed on themselves vanish and they give themselves a license to eat whatever and how much they please. If you are normal weight you need an additional 300Kcal a day. Studies currently suggest obese (BMI>30) women not gain weight during pregnancy. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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Tips for Breastfeeding Success

You can do it! Four out of 5 moms in America start out breastfeeding but by 6 months exclusive breastfeeding drops to 1 in 5. 

The CDC in their breastfeeding report card calculated that if 90% of US mothers exclusively breast fed for 6mos the US would save $18.5 billion annually in health care costs from the illness that breastfeeding prevents. That’s right $18.5 BILLION! Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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Why Weight is a Critical Factor in Pregnancy

“Is this something I’d feed my baby?” 

Being mindful with food is key to a healthy pregnancy. Most women are on some sort of a diet. Pregnancy is often seen as license to loosen dietary restrictions. This is a mistake. Since 1990, the obesity rate in the USA tripled while the cesarean section rate doubled. Today, 70% of women in the USA are overweight and 40% are obese. Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>

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Schedule for Prenatal Visits

Your prenatal visits will begin approximately 12 weeks after your last menstrual period and continue at 4-week intervals. Around 30 – 32 weeks, your visits will be scheduled every 2 weeks. After 36 weeks, your ob-gyn should see you weekly to monitor your baby and check for signs of labor more closely.

Your care depends on your needs and the needs of your baby.  Continue reading this TrueTip article in the TrueLabor mobile app >>