Pregnancy & Childbirth

Services and stories about the unique pregnancy path offered to expecting, new and experienced moms at Swedish

  • Sex after baby

    Sex after baby

    How sex will be different after having a baby.

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  • How to eat right for two

    How to eat right for two

    Learn what types of foods will most benefit you and your baby during pregnancy.

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  • Call the midwife: Learn more about why you should consider midwifery care

    Call the midwife: Learn more about why you should consider midwifery care

    For many people, the role of a midwife might seem hazy. Midwives can be present at a birth, but what exactly do they do? Midwifery is actually a highly specialized field, and its practitioners...

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  • Breastmilk basics: does diet really matter?

    Breastmilk basics: does diet really matter?

    Certain foods, diets, medications, and more can influence breastmilk production, and every lactating mother should know what foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding.

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  • Tips to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    Tips to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    While Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is rare, it is a source of worry for many parents. We don't know exactly what causes SIDS, but we do know some ways to reduce the risk.

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  • Flat head syndrome FAQ

    Flat head syndrome FAQ

    Many cases of plagiocephaly are benign flat spots or slight abnormalities on a baby’s head that will resolve on their own over time.

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  • The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Pregnancy

    The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Pregnancy

    As an expectant mother, you need to learn what truly is and isn’t safe for you and your developing baby, based on the best available medical evidence.

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  • New car seat recommendations for kids

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new information and recommendations on car seats for young children. In an updated policy statement, entitled “Child Passenger Safety,” the AAP...

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  • Breast pumping tips for traveling moms

    Breast pumping tips for traveling moms

    Although pumping can be done in the privacy of your own home, you may find yourself in situations where you’ll need to pump on the go, especially while traveling.

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  • Having problems with breastfeeding? Here are some ways to make it better

    Having problems with breastfeeding? Here are some ways to make it better

    If you're not comfortable nursing, you're not alone, so take advantage of the many services out there that can improve the experience for you and your baby.

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  • During pregnancy, get by with a little help from your friends

    During pregnancy, get by with a little help from your friends

    There’s the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” For some people, it also takes a village to have a child. That community-based philosophy is at the heart of CenteringPregnancy, a...

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  • Ask a midwife: What pregnant women should know about CMV

    Ask a midwife: What pregnant women should know about CMV

    Simple precautions can help those at risk prevent contracting the virus.

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  • Ask a midwife: Could preeclampsia affect your pregnancy?

    Ask a midwife: Could preeclampsia affect your pregnancy?

    If you’re a woman who’s expecting or trying to conceive, you’ve probably heard of the term preeclampsia. But do you know what it means, and how it could potentially affect you if you develop this...

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  • What to do about pelvic floor problems – decision making is a team event

    What to do about pelvic floor problems – decision making is a team event

    How are you? Each of us is probably asked that question several times each day. We often go for the quick answer: Fine, great, getting along. For many women, some things can be much harder to say...

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  • Why does a fever seem to spike at night?

    Why does a fever seem to spike at night?

    The time of day affects our health, and fever symptoms are no exception, increasing in intensity at nighttime.

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  • How to tell if your child needs mental health care

    How to tell if your child needs mental health care

    If there’s long-term behavior change, it’s more than just a phase. There are signals that children can suffer from anxiety, depression or general behavior issues. Parents can help.

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  • Ovarian cysts: When should you worry?

    Ovarian cysts: When should you worry?

    It can be frightening to hear the phrase “ovarian cyst,” but start with this knowledge: ovarian cysts are a naturally recurring part of the ovulation cycle and most of the time, they resolve...

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  • Can you catch tuberculosis on an airplane? Answers to common TB questions

    Can you catch tuberculosis on an airplane? Answers to common TB questions

    Tuberculosis is a highly contagious disease, and Swedish works hard to ensure their employees and their patients are not at risk.

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  • If you could become pregnant, take prenatal vitamins

    If you could become pregnant, take prenatal vitamins

    For women of childbearing age, it’s a good idea to take what are known as “prenatal vitamins” -- vitamins containing folic acid, iron and often, some other compounds, such as calcium, Vitamin D...

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  • Kids can have high blood pressure, too

    Kids can have high blood pressure, too

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn’t just an adult disease. It occurs in 2 to 5 percent of all pediatric patients, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But it often goes...

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