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Pregnancy Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Pregnancy

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

  • Water breaks
  • You may experience a gush or a trickle of fluid when the sac of fluid that has protected your baby during pregnancy ruptures.
  • Bloody show
  • Blood-streaked mucus leaks out as your body prepares to start labor.
  • Rhythmic contractions
  • Rhythmic means contractions happen at regular intervals. Late in your pregnancy, you may experience some irregular muscle contractions that come and go. That is normal. When contractions become regular, do not go away, and start to come closer together, it is a sign you are beginning labor.

What should I do when I go into labor?

  • Call your doctor or nurse midwife.
  • Follow his or her instructions.
  • Call the Family Birth Suites to let us know that you are coming.
  • Come to Cape Coral Hospital or HealthPark Medical Center.

Where To Go When You Are in 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

  • Nightgown
  • Lip balm
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Underwear
  • Deodorant
  • Comb/brush shampoo
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Clothing to wear home
  • Nursing bra
  • Sanitary pads
  • Baby Items
  • Infant clothing to take baby home (appropriate for the weather)
  • Approved infant car seat (required by state law)
  • Baby blankets
  • Diapers

For dad or support person

  • Toothbrush
  • Snacks
  • Change of clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Comb/brush
  • Camera and film

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.