Pregnancy

What is happening in my body in each trimester? What should I eat when I’m pregnant? What exercise is best? How can I connect with my baby during this time? We’ll answer these and other pregnancy questions in this section of Step to Health.

Pilates During Pregnancy: Is it a Good Idea?

Exercise during pregnancy benefits both mom and baby. In general, doctors recommend that pregnant women stick to low-impact physical activity, such as swimming, walking or yoga.  An option that attracts mothers-to-be is pilates. But is it a healthy form of…

Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor

Knowing how to identify the signs and symptoms of preterm labor is very important. This is because low birth weight can be very dangerous for your baby’s health. In this article, you’ll discover the signs and symptoms you should look…

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure that’s performed before assisted reproduction, also known as artificial fertilization. This is something that’s done when a woman is unable to become pregnant by natural means. In this article, we’ll explain PGD. Also,…

Vaginal Tears During Childbirth

Vaginal tears are a complication that can have serious consequences. However, even in the most difficult cases, with timely and effective care, these injuries can be healed and do not pose any serious complications. Tears are more frequent in deliveries…

Four Ways to Exercise During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, it’s naturally important to keep in mind that your life and body will change and, consequently, so will your lifestyle.  On that note, one of the many questions pregnant women have is: Can I exercise during pregnancy?…

5 Tips for the Perfect Baby Shower

Baby showers have been around the United States for decades and have become even more popular in recent years. In fact, many Hollywood celebrities have made them even more famous. In Latin American countries, people have also celebrated them for…

How to Treat Postpartum Hemorrhages

Postpartum hemorrhages have significant risks for women. In addition, they’re one of the main postpartum complications around the world. What causes them? How can you treat them? In this article, we’ll show you the most important aspects of this problem.…

What Is Labor Induction and How Is it Done?

Labor induction is when uterine contractions are artificially caused in order to trigger delivery. In this sense, it’s a programmed action that gynecologists use because of certain conditions. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about…

How to Calculate Your Fertile Days

In order to get pregnant, you need to know which days you’re fertile. The same goes for avoiding pregnancy. However, determining fertile days with 100% accuracy is impossible. Remember, calculating fertile days is always an approximation.  It’s important to remember…

All About Preeclampsia, a Complication of Pregnancy

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that can result from hypertension or kidney damage, among other things. It affects 5-8% of pregnant women and can be really dangerous for both mother and baby. Preeclampsia usually manifests in the last trimester. However,…

The Effects of the Morning-After Pill on Your Body

Do you know the risks and effects of the morning-after pill? Having unprotected sex carries significant risks. Not only is there the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but you could also have an unwanted pregnancy. Although it’s best to…

How a Second Pregnancy Differs from the First

A woman’s first pregnancy is usually overwhelming. She has a lot of expectations and, believe it or not, the most intense emotion she may feel is fear. Her second pregnancy, however, may be calmer. Since women know what to expect…

Should I Have a C-Section or Vaginal Delivery?

Choosing between C-section or vaginal delivery is a common question among pregnant women. Some opt for the traditional method and deliver their babies vaginally. However, others prefer to have the largest number of variables under control and therefore choose a…

Care Before and After a Cesarean Section

A cesarean section is a type of surgery. It consists of making an incision in the abdomen and uterus to take out the baby. Nowadays, specialists consider cesarean sections to be the safest procedure to prevent or solve possible complications that may happen…

Bleeding During Pregnancy

Bleeding during pregnancy is a lot more common than you may think: 50% of women have vaginal spotting at some point. However, this doesn’t always mean that such abnormalities could harm the baby , even though it’s certainly a concern for…

The Sad Reality of Perinatal Grief

Perinatal grief is what happens when a baby dies before or a few days after birth. It’s an intense pain that takes the woman, her partner and the family by surprise. The pregnant woman has made up her mind about the…