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29 weeks pregnant

Time to change?

Better late than never, but you finally realize: You  hate your doctor. Can you change?

In a word, yes — unless it’s the only doctor or midwife within 50 miles or or you’re due within a month or so. (Even then there are options, but it will be a lot more complicated.) Will it be easy, though? That’s not as simple to answer.

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First, you need to work out what you want in a caregiver, and then look at what your current physican does or doesn’t offer. Usually, for a woman to want to get a new caregiver partway through pregnancy means that she and the doc have a pretty major difference of philosophy.

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40-plus: Picture-perfect pregnancies

Jillian Barberie Reynolds

Kristin Keyes became pregnant at 40, and had her daughter, Kyra, at 41. "I had a pregnancy that makes anyone I tell extremely jealous," says this mom from Horsham, Pennsylvania. "I never had morning sickness, I only gained about 16 pounds during the pregnancy, and within two weeks after the pregnancy I lost close to 40 pounds -- I was a little heavy going into the pregnancy -- my blood pressure went down to the lowest it has ever been," she says. "All in all, it was an invigorating and fun experience for me."

Of course, in some cases pregnancy might be a bit more difficult for midlife women than for women in their twenties. Some older women report feeling more tired, and often their bones, ligaments, and muscles are not as strong. Traci Miller, 41, mother of a 12-year-old and now expecting her second child, does report some round-ligament discomfort and says, "I seem to have more aches and pains than I remember from my first pregnancy." However she adds, "I don't know if this is because I have forgotten; my first pregnancy was so long ago."

Read more: Picture-perfect pregnancies at age 40-plus

(See 43-year-old mom-to-be Jillian Barberie Reynolds above right!)


Go-omega

The benefit of a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease has received a lot of media attention lately. Why is that?

Omega-3 fatty acids are also very important for pregnant and breastfeeding women. One omega-3 fatty acid in particular -- docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA -- is considered essential for the optimal development of an infant's brain and eyes, both during pregnancy and after birth. In addition, DHA may help prevent preterm labor and may help protect against postpartum depression. During pregnancy, your baby receives DHA from you through the placenta. Transfer of DHA from mom to baby is greatest during the third trimester, a period of rapid development for the brain and nervous system. After birth, breastfed infants continue to receive DHA through their mother's milk. Read more about the benefits of the "good" fats here!

Food ideas: Foods rich in omega-3s


Secondhand smarts

StrollerOne of the hottest-selling types of items at garage sales is baby equipment, but what many parents and parents-to-be fail to realize is that it's not always safe to purchase such products secondhand. From the beginning of a child's life, products intended for a child must be selected with safety in mind. Parents and caretakers of babies and young children need to be aware of many potential hazards in the child's environment hazards from incorrect use of products or with products not well designed for their intended purpose. 

Here are some things to look for (and look out for) when buying used gear for your baby. Also see:


About amniotomy

Amniotomy is the artificial rupture of the amniotic sac during labor or before labor naturally starts; usually done to speed up labor. It is also referred to as ARM or AROM (artificial rupture of the membranes). Read one mom’s story of what it was like here.

How it can be helpful:

  • Can sometimes help a stalled labor to progress.
  • If the baby is high/”floating” during active labor, AROM can control the breaking the amniotic sac, so the umbilical cord does not emerge first (as it might with the water bursting) — potentially cutting off baby’s life support system.

Find out how it can be risky here: Amniotomy pros and cons