How to Handle Sciatica During Your Pregnancy

Add sciatica to the list of common aches, pains and discomforts of pregnancy. As your center of gravity shifts and ligaments loosen in preparation for labor, you may experience the shooting lower back and leg pain of a pinched or stressed sciatic nerve. Krista Afumbom has been dealing with sciatica for much of her second … Read More

Midwife Is Equal Parts Nurse, Coach, Advocate

Many women looking for a more personal and intimate birthing experience choose a midwife instead of an OB-GYN and the conventional doctor-patient relationship that goes with it. Krista Afumbom, 34, had a water birth with her first child and is preparing to labor in water with her second baby in April. Both times she chose … Read More

Pregnant? Explore Your Alternative Birth Options, Trends

From hypnobirthing to water labor, more women are exploring alternative options to a conventional labor and delivery experience. The majority of women give birth in a hospital rather than at home. But now it’s quite common for women to use relaxation techniques like prenatal yoga and massage therapy during their pregnancies and aromatherapy, massage and … Read More

Third-Trimester Ultrasound: A Final Check on Your Baby

By week 36 of pregnancy, the wait is almost over. Soon, you’ll meet your baby. For some parents — especially older moms-to-be — technology helps doctors take one last look before delivery. Nicole Herbst, who at age 39 was expecting her first child, had a third trimester ultrasound. Not only did it put her mind … Read More

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Natural Delivery in Hospital Setting Offers Peace of Mind

Krista Afumbom knew she wanted her labor and childbirth experience to be as natural as possible. She chose to use a midwife for her delivery. “They took a lot of time getting to know me as an individual and addressing my concerns. I think that really helped establish good trust between us,” Ms. Afumbom says. … Read More

Non-Stress Tests Measure Your Baby’s Movements, Heart Rate

A mom-to-be with a high-risk pregnancy cherishes every bit of positive feedback she can get. A non-stress test can tell you more about how your baby is doing in the final weeks of pregnancy. Most expectant parents want reassurance that they will deliver a healthy baby. Understandably, a woman who is told her pregnancy is … Read More

How to Fit Work, Rest, MS Into Your New Baby ‘Time Zone’

There’s a new time zone in Dion W.’s household. “My husband calls it Kailynne Standard Time,” says Dion, 35, of Northeast Ohio. “She wakes up maybe once a night now, but we’re still on Kailynne’s schedule. … She likes to utilize the diaper when we’re getting ready to go somewhere.” Ah, the adventures of new … Read More

Finding Out Your Baby’s Sex Has Its Advantages

Grandparents want to know. Aunts-to-be usually ask. The question is: Do you want to know your baby’s sex before it’s born? Some women like finding out. Others want to be surprised. Parents’ choice “It’s a personal choice,” says OB/GYN Rebecca Starck, MD, Department Chair, Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic. “At 18 to 20 … Read More

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New Mom Focuses on Joys of Motherhood, Not Risks of MS

There was a little scare during Dion W.’s delivery of her first child, in June. Her baby’s heart rate became elevated, leading to a cesarean section for Dion and some time for the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hillcrest Hospital. But Dion’s multiple sclerosis was not a factor during delivery. [Tweet “C-section, … Read More

Noninvasive Prenatal Tests Analyze Your Baby’s Risks

For some women, getting pregnant is the easy part of their journey to parenthood. Instead of facing fertility issues, they worry about the potential health risks their unborn baby faces. The older you are, the more apprehensive you may be. Statistically, your baby’s chances of having Down syndrome or other birth defects increase as your … Read More