Getting Ready

When will my Doctor Start Checking my Cervix for Dilation?

Towards the end of pregnancy, it can feel like every week closer to your due date drags more slowly. It can be exciting to hear that your cervix is dilating, effacing, or that your baby has engaged or dropped.  …

Does Pepperoni Pizza Induce Labor?

By the end of pregnancy, most women are feeling swollen, heavy and uncomfortable. It can be tempting to want to try anything to induce labor. One common thing that pregnant women may be told is that pepperoni pizza induces labor.…

Can You Do Jumping Jacks in Pregnancy? Will They Induce Labor?

No, you should not do jumping jacks or any other type of jumping exercise during pregnancy. There are two main reasons for this:   Jumping may exert pressure on the uterus, pushing it into the cervix. This can cause preterm…

Can a Baby Kick and Break Ribs During Pregnancy?

It is possible for a baby to bruise or fracture a mother’s rib during pregnancy. The good news is that it’s quite┬árare and any pain you feel in your rib cage is usually explained by other pregnancy side effects.  …

Why Is My Pregnant Belly Shiny?

If your growing bump is shiny, you may be worried that it means there’s a problem with your skin. Fortunately, it’s very normal in most cases.   Some reasons your bump may be shiny include: Stretching skin can appear shiny…

Why Does my Baby Shake, Shiver or Vibrate in the Womb?

When you’re pregnant, especially with your first baby, you may be surprised by the variety of movements and feelings that come from your growing belly. One unusual thing that some pregnant women experience is the feeling of baby shaking or…