Third Trimester

What to Expect After Your C-Section

Learn what to expect after your cesarean section—whether the surgery was expected or not.

Blood Pressure and the Baby Bump

The stress of preparing for baby and coping with a changing body are enough to keep any expectant mother busy, but it’s the pressure prospective moms often can’t see that may truly deserve their attention.

Bringing Baby Home

Learn what you will and won’t need to bring your new little one home safely.

Sickle Cell and Pregnancy

A genetic disorder that is often passed from parent to child, sickle cell disease can have profound effects on a mother and her baby during pregnancy. But proper planning can help ensure that both mom and baby remain as healthy as possible.

Beat the Back Pain Blues

The final trimesters of pregnancy can feel like you have a bowling ball strapped to your belly, so it’s no wonder your back hurts. Here are some pain-relief tips that actually work.

Investigating the Use of Nitrous Oxide in Labor

Moms-to-be have several options for managing labor pain beyond an epidural. Get the facts about the safety, efficacy and use of nitrous oxide in labor.

Pregnancy Pampering Tips

Treat yourself to some well-deserved “me” time before your little one’s arrival.

The Skinny on Stretch Marks

You know stretch marks are a common feature of pregnancy, but a few facts about the skin condition may surprise you.

Shining a Light on Maternity Leave

Planning on going back to work after baby? Don’t be left in the dark about your company’s leave policy.

The Many Faces of Maternal Mental Illness

Postpartum depression is not the only behavioral health disorder that affects new and expectant mothers.

A good time to tour the hospital is during your third trimester of pregnancy. Barstow Community Hospital offers expectant moms a 30-minute tour where a labor and delivery nurse will walk you through the whole delivery process, from admission to discharge. To arrange for a tour, call (760) 957‑3323.

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