FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON 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
- 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
- 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?
Where To Go When You Are in Labor (pdf)
- 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, Gulf Coast Medical Center or
HealthPark Medical Center.
- 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
- lip balm
- hair dryer
- comb/brush shampoo
- clothing to wear home
- bra (nursing bra for mothers who plan to breastfeed)
- sanitary pads
- Baby Items
- infant clothing to take baby home (appropriate for the
- approved infant car seat (required by state law)
- baby blankets
- For Dad or support person
- change of clothing
- Other items for you
- camera and film
- portable radio or CD player and CDs
- 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 9AM - 9PM after the
baby is born.
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