The Pregnancy Blog Review Dec 20 – 30

The holidays are always crazy, but never more exhausting than when you are pregnant. The pregnancy blog review is a great place to get caught up on your reading while relaxing with your feet up. A range of topics have been covered recently. When we learn we are pregnant, we suddenly worry about any potential risks to the baby. This usually includes illness. Pregnancy and the Chicken Pox addresses prenatal exposure to this fairly common childhood illness. Some couples choose a holiday get together as the time to share the news of their pregnancy. Sharing the News on Christmas Day … Continue reading

What is a Single Umbilical Artery?

In a normal umbilical cord, the cord has three vessels. Two of the vessels are arteries and one is a vein. In some cases, only one artery develops in the cord. This is known as a single umbilical artery. This is actually the most common irregularity of the umbilical cord. A single umbilical artery is present in about one in one hundred births. For some reason, it is most common in white women than in other ethnic groups. It is also more common in multiple pregnancies. A single artery is more likely to occur if the mother is over the … Continue reading

What a Navel Idea!

I am thinking about belly buttons tonight: specifically, belly buttons and their unique relationship with pregnancy. Our navels go through so much during pregnancy. They are stretched, flattened, and turned inside out to the point that some of them never fully recover. Ever since I had my son, my belly button looks sad. The section of skin above the belly button (the part that is often pierced) droops slightly over my “innie” like a frown. I laugh at it, actually. It is just one of my “mommy badges” that I carry proudly. You probably never gave your belly button much … Continue reading