Healthy Pregnancy & Childbirth
Walking OK for Baby, Mom in Early Labor

Walking OK for Baby, Mom in Early Labor

In the largest study of its kind, obstetrics and gynecology researchers have concluded that walking during the first stage of labor is neither harmful nor beneficial to the mother or baby. More

The Medical Center Obstetrics and Neonatology
Delivering babies since 1926, The Medical Center offers expectant parents the knowledge and experience they can trust for the birth of their child. Learn more about our services including neonatology for high risk infants.

Childbirth: A Timeline to Ease Your Mind

Prenatal Education
Give your baby a healthy start to life. Take advantage of The Medical Center’s free prenatal education classes that cover nutrition, breastfeeding, labor and delivery, newborn care and safety, and more.


Preparing for Pregnancy
Even before you become pregnant, your health matters to your future baby. Two tips: Address any medical problems before becoming pregnant, then get regular prenatal care.
First Trimester
You need to take care of yourself for a new reason. Your health can affect your baby's growth. Focus on your health for two reasons now, not one.
Second Trimester
This often is called the "golden trimester." You're starting to show. And you're starting to glow. Use this time to have fun with your partner, your friends, and your family.
Third Trimester
Visits with your health care provider will be biweekly, then weekly. Ask now about labor, childbirth, the warning signs of preterm labor, and when to call your provider.
Labor and Delivery
Probable signs of labor: your contractions are getting stronger; your contractions are regular (about every 5 minutes) and getting more painful; your water breaks.
Mom's and Baby's First Weeks
As you and your baby adjust to life together, it's important to trust yourself. Allow time to get to know each other.
Photo of the Cornish Hens With Ginger Plum Stuffing Recipe
Healthy Recipes

Red plums, seasoned with soy sauce and fresh ginger, make this dish special.

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