Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When will I start to show?
A: Most women begin showing between 15 and 20 weeks gestation.
Q: When can I find out the sex of my baby?
A: Genetic testing can tell you as early as 14 weeks. Gender ultrasounds are typically done around 16 to 20 weeks gestation.
Q: How can I tell between Braxton Hicks and real contractions?
A: Braxton Hicks act as practice contractions for the body. They will go away on their own. Real contractions will grow stronger as time passes, making simple tasks like walking and talking quite difficult.
Labor and Delivery
Q: How long does labor last?
A: That depends on what you consider labor. Actual pushing out of the baby can take 15 mins to 2 hours depending on many factors. Early labor plus active labor could be several hours to several days. Every pregnancy and L&D is different.
Q: How long will I be in the hospital?
A: Most women are only in a hospital for 48 hours unless something drastic happens.
Q: How long will I bleed?
A: Most women bleed 2 to 4 weeks post delivery. There is a 6 week post partum check up for the Mother to keep an eye on her healing.
Q: When will my milk come in?
A: It usually takes 2 to 4 days for your milk to come in. Until then, your body will make colostrum for the baby.
Q: How do I avoid getting engorged?
A: Feed and pump on a regular routine to avoid becoming engorged. If it happens over night, pump until you’re not so full then feed your baby.
Q: What can I do if I think my child is behind in development?
A: Take your child to their pediatrician for a development assessment.
Q: What can I do to help my child’s speech?
A: There are many things you can do to assist your child’s speech! Sing, read, enunciate words, practice reading things when out in public. Anything involving words and speech will help.
Q: Why won’t my toddler eat?
A: There is a good chance your toddler is experiencing a growth spurt and isn’t as hungry right now. Offer healthy options throughout the day. Kids will eat when they get hungry.