Research into drug and alcohol use during pregnancy is constantly evolving. And although the specifics change, the essential message remains the same. We don’t truly know what a safe level of drug or alcohol use is.
Pregnancy loss through miscarriage or stillbirth can be devastating. An overwhelming sense of sadness is common for women and their partners when pregnancy does not result in a healthy, live baby. There is no one ‘right’ way to feel when pregnancy ends unexpectedly. Every woman and her partner are unique.
Most of us have heard of babies being born before they are due. But like many situations, until we’ve had personal experience we can’t fully appreciate its impact. Having a baby before their expected date can come as a real shock to parents who may have not even considered premature birth as a possibility.
One of the many questions expectant parents ask at the first ultrasound is “is it only one baby”? That’s because the possibility of having twins or multiples exists for all of us. Some families however, are more likely than others to have more than one baby at a time. Twins and multiples are more common since fertility drugs and assisted reproduction technology have become such an accepted part of our culture.