What is the recommended weight gain for women to support a healthy pregnancy?
25-35 pounds weight gain is recommended if the pre-pregnancy weight is in a healthy weight range (a Body Mass Index between 19.5 and 26)
How will I know when I'm in labor?
Throughout your pregnancy, your body goes through changes. You may experience new sensations as your baby grows and prepares for birth. Late in pregnancy your body sends signals that it is preparing for your baby's arrival. The signals can be confusing and you may even think you are starting labor, when you are actually just warming up. It's what is called false labor.
Of course, if you have any questions about the signals you're receiving, call your physician or nurse midwife to discuss your concerns. To help keep track of your progress, here are the typical signs that tell you labor has begun.
Signs of Labor
What should I do when I go into labor?
What should I bring to the Family Birth Suites?
Near your due date, you may want to prepare a suitcase for yourself, the baby, and dad or your support person. We suggest you bring the following items when you are admitted:
Personal items for you
For dad or support person
How can my family and friends join in the celebration?
If you wish, you may have family and friends join you during labor and delivery. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. after the baby is born.