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  • By the Numbers: A Look at Your Baby’s Development During the First Trimester

    You probably already know that a typical pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, and that a pregnancy is considered full-term after 39 weeks. As your pregnancy progresses, you’re probably all too aware of the increasing number on the scale—and your expanding belly. But do you know what exactly is going on inside that belly? Your little one is going through some exciting changes, too. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at what’s happening with your baby during your first trimester of pregnancy. ...

  • Preparing for Maternity Leave

    “Congratulations, you’re pregnant! How exciting! Take all of the extra time off you need. Just take care of yourself!” Wouldn’t it be great if every employer reacted that way? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Know Your Maternity Leave Rights While your boss might be happy for you, her next thought might be: Can she still do this job? Hopefully, you won’t have to go there, but in case you do, it’s important to know what that certain laws are in ...

  • What are the Real Benefits of Breastfeeding?

    | Posted by West Valley Medical Center

    Everyone has an opinion about whether you should breastfeed. If you buy formula at the drugstore, you might get the side-eye from somebody. Breastfeeding in public? Expect stares. Understanding the benefits of breastfeeding will help you navigate this tricky topic. There are staunch advocates on both sides: Moms who can’t imagine using formula and moms who can’t imagine breastfeeding. It’s ultimately up to you and your partner whether to breastfeed your baby, so it helps to ...

  • Developing A Birth Plan: Why Expectant Moms Should Be Flexible

    In the months leading up to your delivery date, you’ll probably want to avoid scouring YouTube for delivery videos. Instead, think about creating a birth plan. A birth plan can be an educational tool to boost your confidence going into labor. But in creating it, keep in mind that you may need to throw it to the wind once you go into labor—because when you get into the delivery room, anything can (and will) happen. Don’t let that scare you. One main purpose of creating a birth ...

  • 5 Things You’ll Learn at Your 20-Week Ultrasound

    “It’s is really a complete anatomical survey of the baby,” says Jacki Weidman, Director of the Family Maternity Center at West Valley Medical Center. One thing to keep in mind is that, legally, the ultrasound tech can’t provide you with any information beyond the sex of the baby, which is great. But this test is looking at so much more. So, it’s important to speak with the radiologist or your obstetrician to ask for preliminary information. Here are 5 things the ...

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