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Congratulations!

Pregnancy can be the most memorable and frightening experience.  It puts out front many hopes and dreams for ourselves and our families.  PPI is here to support those hopes and dreams with worthwhile information, programs, and services.  We send our sincere best wishes and hope to become your partner in a healthy birth.

 

Signs or Symptoms Of Preterm Labor

  • Change in your vaginal discharge (watery, mucus or bloody) or more vaginal discharge than usual 

  • Pressure in your pelvis or lower belly, like your baby is pushing down 

  • Constant low, dull backache 

  • Belly cramps with or without diarrhea 

  • Regular or frequent contractions that make your belly tighten like a fist. The contractions may or may not be painful.

  • Your water breaks **

It is important to have an open dialogue with your provider, giving them a detailed history of all previous pregnancies to determine the best course of treatment for any current or future pregnancies.

 

Prenatal Schedule

One of the first things to do when pregnant is to schedule a visit with your OB/GYN. It will be the first of many visits. All of which are important to monitor the baby's development and your health.  

 

Use our prenatal schedule to plan this journey and build a strong relationship with those who will assist you in delivering a healthy baby. 

Signs or Symptoms Of Preterm Labor

  • Change in your vaginal discharge (watery, mucus or bloody) or more vaginal discharge than usual 

  • Pressure in your pelvis or lower belly, like your baby is pushing down 

  • Constant low, dull backache 

  • Belly cramps with or without diarrhea 

  • Regular or frequent contractions that make your belly tighten like a fist. The contractions may or may not be painful.

  • Your water breaks **

It is important to have an open dialogue with your provider, giving them a detailed history of all previous pregnancies to determine the best course of treatment for any current or future pregnancies.

Personalize Your Birth Plan

A birth plan is all about you. It details your preferences for labor and delivery. What you think will make the experience more comfortable – for you.  

 

Must Include 

Who is your support person (s) 

If you are considering interventions 

Your comfort level with I.V.’s/ fluid intake, 

If you want an epidural 

 

Making it Work 

Schedule out blocks of time in your birth plan.  

Everything may not go as planned. Still, it is important to list your preferences 

Discuss your plan with support person(s) 

Share your plan with your provider. (Consider writing a letter) 

When everyone understands your wishes, they can better advocate for you and your baby. 

 

Remember 

If Something Feels Wrong, Speak Up

Lean on Family and Friends

Find local groups for African-American/Black Mothers/ Parents

Do Not Avoid Postpartum Check UPs

 
 

African American Women

African American women have risk-factors that impact their pregnancies in different ways. Know ing your risks and talking to your provider is critical to having a successful, healthy pregnancy. Please use the list of suggested questions below to guide your next prenatal visit.

  • 1. How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

  • 2. Can we discuss/view my birth plan?

  • 3. What support can I get if I want to breastfeed?

  • 4. Am I at risk for preeclamsia?

  • 5. What are my blood pressure numbers - are they normal?

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Ask the Medical Team!

Do you have a non-emergency topic that you'd like more information about?  You can submit a question to our "Ask the Medical Team!" team and we'll do our best to include in it our periodic video updates.  If you have an emergency question or concern, please contact your provider.

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