Feedings every two to three hours, sleepless nights, learning how to swaddle and remembering to buy enough diapers to last more than two days. There’s no question about it: the “firsts” for first-time parents are new, a little scary and stressful.
Now imagine your little one decides to come almost two months earlier than planned.
That was the case for Brianna Wiltse.
Like most new moms, Brianna was thrilled to welcome little Emma in February of 2013 but because she came seven weeks early, it meant an even steeper learning curve during Emma’s first month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Emma was so small at birth – 4 pounds, 7 ounces – Brianna wasn’t able …
Expecting? Our weekly Childbirth Education classes include a tour of our Labor & Delivery Suites and information about what to expect during your stay.
Class schedule for the week of July 27 – August 2:
Baby & Family Suites Tours – Monday and Thursday
Breastfeeding Forum – Tuesday and Thursday
Cramping is easily the most common complaint I hear from my patients during their pregnancies.
The uterus is a muscle, and when there is increased pressure, you will feel cramps as that uterine muscle is tightening in response to pressure. The pressure happens most frequently on the lower side of your abdomen when the baby is around 30 weeks or older, or when baby is moving a lot.
Keep in mind that cramping is something most moms will feel in the first trimester, especially if you are not drinking enough water, which can be difficult if you have nausea and/or vomiting. As mentioned, it is normal to feel this …