When I was pregnant with my first, I had my hospital bag loosely packed somewhere around 35 weeks. With my second, I had very little packed at 38 ½ weeks. (What a shame since a surprise home delivery left no one time to pack anything else!) I landed somewhere in the middle with my third, packing my bag around 37 weeks. No matter where you are in your pregnancy, there is no right or wrong time to pack your bag—but there are definitely items to include on the “must-have” list.
The birth of your baby is a special time, but if your new little one requires a stay in the neonatal intensive care (NICU), that time may become stressful. According to Dr. Kathleen Weatherstone, HCA Midwest Health’s Neonatal ICU Program medical director, 10 percent of all babies born need some type of special care at delivery and that may include the NICU.
It doesn’t have to mean spending the summer indoors
Images of babies born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus have pregnant women everywhere worried about the health of their unborn babies. What if they get bitten by a mosquito?
Fun facts and trivia about pregnancy.
If you work for an American company, typically some or all of your maternity leave will be unpaid, leaving you the options of using vacation time, taking less time off or simply not being paid for the duration of your leave.