Fetal Growth and Development

by Maxine
Posted July 7 2010 12:03pm

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends. It’s also a time when you might have more questions than answers about how your baby is developing. In an effort to help you find the answers you are looking for, we have provided a link to one website we believe offers a clear and concise overview of the different stages of your baby’s development, week by week, trimester by trimester:  Pregnancy.org

As each week of your pregnancy unfolds, Pregnancy.org provides detailed descriptions and pictures of real embryos and fetuses to bring the experience of fetal development to life and help you better understand your baby’s growth.

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What is an Obstetrician?

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 11:47am

An obstetrician is a licensed medical doctor with extra years of training in the area of obstetrics and gynaecology.

Obstetricians offer care during pregnancy, labour, childbirth, postpartum and in women’s health. They give care to pregnant women with both low- and high-risk pregnancies (where there are medical problems with mom or the baby).

Obstetricians can use one or more hospitals. They may work with a group of obstetricians or in their own practice.

Regarding labour: Obstetricians are rarely with mothers during labour, except for occasionally checking on your condition, and at the very end of labour, just before delivery. They rely on the maternity nurses to work with you through your labour and inform them of your progress. Nurses are very well trained and are experienced in helping moms and dads through labour.
Regarding delivery: Your obstetrician may or may not deliver your baby. If your obstetrician is in a group practice, the group shares being on call at the hospital. This may mean that your obstetrician will not be present for your labour and delivery and one of the partners or the doctor on call at the hospital will deliver your baby. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers obstetricians’ services. Caesareans are done only by obstetricians.

Regarding postpartum: Most obstetricians check on new moms regularly at the hospital. Maternity nurses help you through her time in the hospital after birth. Obstetricians also see new moms for a postpartum check-up in their offices at six weeks after delivery, or earlier if a problem arises.

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Swelling (Edema)

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:26pm
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During pregnancy, your circulation can slow down and the pressure of her growing uterus can press on major blood vessels in the abdomen. This can cause your legs and feet to swell. This is called edema. As a matter of fact, about 80% of women experience this during pregnancy. Warm weather and prolonged standing or sitting can make the problem worse.

Try some of the following suggestions to help control swelling:

  • Avoid long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Make sure that clothing around your legs and waist is not too tight and restricting.
  • Elevate your feet and legs at least twice a day.
  • Apply cool uncooked cabbage leaves to help relieve discomfort. This may sound odd, but it works.
  • Increase your physical activity. Try walking or swimming.
  • Ask the doctor about using support stockings.

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Choosing a Care Provider

by Maxine
Posted July 27 2011 01:52pm

Your choice of caregiver will affect how happy you are with your care, as well as your risk of having procedures such as cesarean surgery or episiotomy. The choice can also affect your health and that of your baby — for better or worse. This handout features some tips on the best way to approach this key decision.


Download the Choosing a Care Provider handout (PDF)


This information was provided with permission by:

Mother's Advocate

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