so, you’re pregnant. and you’re over the moon about your new baby, but you just don’t feel the same way about your healthcare provider. whether you’re just learning about baby+co. and want to birth with us, or you’re still shopping around – at some point in your pregnancy you may find yourself transferring care to a new doctor or midwife. below are some helpful tips if you want to know how to change care providers during your pregnancy. whatever the reason for your care provider switch- remember that it is common for women to change pregnancy care providers and it… Read More

the news is out. kate middleton’s royal family is expanding again, and just like her last two pregnancies, even the royal treatment isn’t enough to keep sickness at bay. the dutchess is experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe case of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. isn’t that just regular morning sickness? nope. it’s actually a bit different. we’ll explain. what is hg? while nausea and vomiting can be common in early pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidarum, commonly referred to as hg, can last well into a woman’s second trimester and may persist throughout pregnancy. hg is characterized by… 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

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

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