The third trimester is week 28 through birth. You will prepare for labor, delivery, and taking your newborn home for the first time. This is when you may tour and register for the hospital and find a physician for your baby.Read more
Ask Sofia: What Do I Need to Know About My Planned C-Section?
While many cesarean sections or C-sections take place following challenges during labor, some surgeries are planned. For instance, if your baby is breech close to your due date, if you have a medical issue that could put you or the baby at risk, if you are expecting multiples, or if you’ve had a previous C-section and your doctor is concerned that labor might result in tearing of the scar, you may have a planned cesarean section. During the procedure, in which your doctor will make an incision in your belly and uterus, you will likely be awake and able to hold your newborn soon after delivery.Read more
Ask Sofia: What Will My Postpartum Check Consist of?
Scheduled anywhere from two to six weeks after you deliver, your postpartum check-up provides a great chance to see how you’re doing physically and emotionally. If you had a Cesarean section delivery, you will likely see your doctor earlier to check your incision. Otherwise, this appointment will serve as an annual exam and will include a pelvic exam, time to talk and check on your overall recovery from childbirth.Read more
Ask Sofia: What Are the Signs of Preeclampsia?
Underscoring the importance of regular prenatal checkups, preeclampsia is a condition some pregnant women develop, usually in the third trimester, marked by high blood pressure as well as a high level of protein in the urine. Most common in first-time pregnancies (as well as teens and women over 40), preeclampsia can involve rapid weight and […]Read more
Preparing for Labor and Delivery
Whether you’re in your first trimester or just a few days from your due date, it is never too early or too late to prepare for labor and delivery. Especially if this is your first child, a little preparation can go a long ways toward calming your mind (and body) in advance of the big day.Read more