Are you pregnant in Tucson? Congratulations! You've come to the right place.
TucsonTopia's PREGNANCY PAGE is the #1 spot for Tucson dads and moms to find resources for pregnancy, the first year of baby's life, and beyond.
Here you'll find information about pregnancy tests, morning sickness, obstetricians, midwives, prenatal fitness, baby registries, babymoons, hospitals, birth centers, and labor & delivery.
Congratulations! Pregnancy is a miraculous time. You have a new life inside of you who will soon captivate your heart. Babies are truly a wonder.
P.S. If you think you might be pregnant (but are not sure), you can purchase an easy-to-use pregnancy test at most local drugstores or dollar stores. Additionally, you can schedule an appointment with an obstetrician, gynecologist, or midwife to confirm your pregnancy.
Now that you know a new baby is on the way, you are probably filled with mixed emotions: excitement, energy, nervousness, fear, and joy.
Over the next nine months (and beyond), you will want to:
Fifty to eighty percent of women experience some form of morning sickness. Morning sickness can include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to smells, and extreme tiredness. For some women, morning sickness is mild and easily kept at bay with simple home remedies. For others, morning sickness can be debilitating.
If you are struggling with morning sickness, one or more of the following common remedies may be of help:
Some insurances may also fully or partially cover IVs in the event of dehydration. You may even be able to have a nurse come to your home to give you an IV.
*Be sure to consult with your doctor or midwife for morning sickness advice.
In most cases, it is important and healthy to stay active during pregnancy. Daily walks are a gentle and excellent start. Water aerobics and swimming can also be a good way to stay fit during the warmer months (which are many in Tucson).
If you prefer group classes, call around to nearby gyms or dance studios to see if they offer prenatal exercise classes.
*Be sure to consult with your doctor or midwife for exercise ideas and guidelines.
Tucson temperatures can often climb to the 90s (and higher) in June, July, and August.
The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists has the following tips for staying cool while pregnant when the weather is hot.
If you are facing an unexpected pregnancy, we recommend that you set up an appointment at Hands of Hope. The pregnancy medical center offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, nurse consultations, and recovery services for pregnancy loss (miscarriage, abortion, ectopic, early infant loss). Hands of Hope serves all ages and all services are completely confidential.
The only local stores with baby registries are Target, Mildred & Dildred, Walmart, and buybuy Baby.
Babies R Us closed in 2018 and Kids Center closed in 2019.
"Babymoons" are vacations that couples take together prior to having their baby. It's an opportunity to relax, reconnect, and rest (while you still can! Ha!).
Some resorts in Tucson, Phoenix, and Scottsdale offer "babymoon" packages - with special amenities like massages, ice cream sundaes, late check-out, or maternity photos.
In the near future, you will need to decide where you will deliver your baby in Tucson.
Your labor & delivery choices are:
Feel free to call to schedule a free tour at any or all of the above hospitals so that you can choose the right location for your birth.
Questions you may want to ask include:
Great question! With dozens of pregnancy caregivers in Tucson, it’s hard to pinpoint just one. Each obstetrician and midwife has a unique personality, communication style, and educational background.
Obstetricians (often referred to as OBs) are medical doctors who graduated from an approved medical school and completed four years of residency training. They are certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and often have specialized training in surgery and in high-risk pregnancies.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are licensed and certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Approximately 82% of CNMs have a Masters degree. Most CNMs work in hospital settings, but some also work at freestanding birth centers or deliver in homes. CNMs can write prescriptions, offer comprehensive pre- and post-natal care, and be the primary caregiver for labor & deliver. CNMs have specialized training in pain management during labor.
The best way to find an obstetrician or midwife in Tucson is to ask friends and family members for recommendations. You can also check yelp and google reviews. Finally, you can search for an obstetrician by zip code or name on the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists website. You can search for a midwife by zip code on the American College of Nurse-Midwives website.
Congratulations again on your pregnancy!
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We will be updating this page as we receive new information. If you know about other events that might be of interest to pregnant women in Tucson, contact us!