If you’ve started looking into trying to conceive or downloaded a fertility app, you’ve probably seen the term “basal body temperature” and its abbreviation, BBT. It refers to your body’s lowest temperature when at rest. When you ovulate, your BBT rises slightly – about half of a degree Fahrenheit. Your most fertile window of time is the two days before that temperature rise. So tracking BBT to predict ovulation as a method for pinpointing your most fertile time has long been used in natural family planning. You can get started tracking by choosing an oral digital thermometer that is precise… Read More

Humanity did a great job of reproducing before the invention of the fertility tracking app —but apps have drastically simplified the process of pinpointing your fertile days. Search for “fertility tracker” in the App Store, and you’ll come up with too many choices to count. And at the time of this writing, around 30 of those choices were highly rated by users (4.5-5 stars). These applications generally allow you to track your menstrual period as well as your basal body temperature, discharge, and other factors related to your cycle, and they spotlight your fertile days. Often they… Read More

You might be feeling the tug to have another baby, or maybe your plan was to be pregnant by now. But you still haven’t lost the weight from your last baby. Is there a benefit to losing those last few (or not so few) pounds before trying? The kinds of foods you’re eating and the quality of your overall diet is more important than your weight for a healthy pregnancy. If your diet is high in sugar, if you’re not eating many fruits or vegetables, or your eating habits are just out of whack, you could be at risk for… Read More

Not sure what your employer’s parental leave benefits are and don’t see anything about it in your benefits paperwork? You may have benefits available to you that cover parental leave under a different name altogether, but if you don’t know about them you could miss out. Pregnancy, birth, parenting are not disabilities, but they are sometimes covered by short-term disability insurance, which replaces a part or all of your income for childbirth or the care of your baby. Your company may offer this automatically, or you may have to sign up and pay for it. Heather Price, Baby+Company mom… Read More

You might not have needed to deal much with health insurance before. That’s all about to change, because pregnancy brings with it a multitude of office visits, tests, and procedures, not to mention the delivery — and all of those bring bills. Here’s a primer to explain the terms you will encounter. Deductible This is the amount of money you spend out-of-pocket on health care before your insurance kicks in. Your deductible is going to be the biggest driver (or one of the biggest) of how much your pregnancy and birth will cost you out-of-pocket. The way most plans… Read More

If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, you’re thinking about money and also about your baby’s health. Eating healthier doesn’t have to mean shelling out big bucks for organic groceries. Luckily when it comes to food and nutrition, a few basic changes will help you get healthier while saving you money at the same time. Buy fruits and veggies in season. At peak harvest season, the basic laws of supply and demand kick in — the price goes down because there’s so much of it to sell. It’s also packed with more nutrients — and more flavor — because… Read More

Certified nurse-midwife Sybilla Howell is thrilled to join the team at the new Baby+Company birth center in Winston-Salem. Her nursing career began in 1999 when she received her associate’s degree. Over the next several years, she continued her education, first getting her BSN and then embarking on a master’s degree program at East Carolina University. Her original intention was to become an educator, but partway through the program, she switched to midwifery – which is where, she says, her heart has always been. B+C: It’s clear that you love midwifery. Why did you choose this particular type of health… Read More

Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned pro, a low-risk pregnancy can be defined as one where there is no need for or benefit from medical intervention. Most pregnancies (92 to 94 percent) are considered low-risk. Mom and baby are healthy and there’s nothing to indicate that labor and delivery won’t go smoothly. In these situations, a low-intervention labor and delivery can be a wonderful option either in a hospital or a birth center. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recently released updated recommendations on interventions during labor… Read More

After this article was written, Angelica gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Eden, on June 8, 2017, at Baby+Company Knoxville. I’ve been a nurse for eight years. I’ve always taken care of pregnant women, and I’ve worked in labor and delivery for four years. I’ve seen countless births, and have witnessed almost every imaginable scenario in the hospital. When I became pregnant with my first child, all of those experiences led me to one belief: a hospital birth was not for me. My oldest daughter was born at home, and my second was born at the Lisa Ross Birth… Read More

It’s one of the common things people say when you’re pregnant: “Get your sleep now, while you can, haha!” or something of that nature. That’s all well and good – and most of us would love to get the sleep we need – but sometimes it can be challenging to get restful sleep during pregnancy, no matter what trimester you’re in. According to the National Sleep Foundation, up to 78% of women report sleep disturbances during pregnancy, compared to other times in their lives. While physical changes can certainly interfere with sleep, anxiety can also be… Read More

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