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Pregnant in Tucson

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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.

I'M PREGNANT! NOW WHAT?

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. 

PREGNANCY RESOURCES IN TUCSON

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:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits & vegetables.
  • Take regular walks.
  • Laugh every chance you get.

MORNING SICKNESS IN TUCSON

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:

  • Be sure to always have a bit of food in your stomach. In other words, don't let your stomach get completely empty. Always stash snacks for at home, at work, in-the-car, and on-the-go.
  • Suck on mints or hard candies. Ginger, peppermint, and cinnamon have been known to be of help.
  • Try different beverages: ginger ale, sparkling water, etc.
  • Remove scents that make you queasy. 
  • Wear wrist bracelets that have pressure points. 

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.

PRENATAL FITNESS/EXERCISE IN TUCSON

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. 

SUMMER PREGNANCY IN TUCSON

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.

  • Go swimming. Swimming is great for your body because it works so many muscles. The water supports your weight so you avoid injury and muscle strain. It also helps you stay cool and may prevent your legs from swelling.
  • Wear loose clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay close to a fan or air-conditioner

UNPLANNED PREGNANCY IN TUCSON

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. 

BABY REGISTRIES IN TUCSON

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.

BABYMOON IN TUCSON

"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.

LABOR & DELIVERY IN TUCSON

In the near future, you will need to decide where you will deliver your baby in Tucson.

Your labor & delivery choices are:

  • Hospital: There are four hospitals with L&D units in Tucson - Tucson Medical Center (TMC), Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital ("St Joe's"), Banner University Medical Center (UMC), and Northwest Medical Center. The hospital where you deliver may be dictated by where your OB/midwife is associated.
  • In-Hospital Birthing Unit: The Midwifery Center at TMC for Women, formerly El Rio Birth Center, is an accredited in-hospital birthing unit. The center provides a family-centered, home-like experience for women who are at low risk and who want to have a natural, unmedicated birth. 
  • Freestanding Birth Center: There are currently no freestanding birth centers in Tucson, but Babymoon Inn Birth Center is scheduled to open in 2020. 
  • At Home: Some women opt to have their babies at home under the care of a midwife or team of midwives. As far as we know, Karen Pope of Graceful Beginnings Midwifery is currently the only Certified Nurse-Midwife in the Tucson area.

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:

  1. What labor aids do you offer? Rocking chairs, labor balls, warm showers/baths, nitrous oxide, etc.
  2. Will I be able to move around freely during labor (without heart rate monitors, IVs, etc)?
  3. Is there somewhere for my husband to sleep/stay?
  4. What is your induction rate?
  5. What is your cesarean rate?
  6. Do mothers and babies stay together after delivery?
  7. Do you offer complimentary lactation services (consultants, breastfeeding support groups, etc)?
  8. Are lactation consultants available around the clock?
  9. What amenities do you offer to new parents after delivery (celebratory meal, newborn & mom photo, etc)?
  10. How soon will I be able to return home after delivery?

WHO IS THE BEST OBSTETRICIAN OR MIDWIFE IN TUCSON?

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!

SEE A FULL LISTING OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES FOR PREGNANT WOMEN IN TUCSON BELOW.

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Little Anthony's Diner 7010 E. Broadway, Tucson

FREE Outdoor Concerts at Little Anthony's Diner! Featuring 3 different bands ALL SUMMER LONG! Call ahead for reservations! #520-296-0456 THURSDAY NIGHT, 6:00-8:00PM May 27: RAW Band June 3: The Cadillacs […]

Free

Saturday Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 2021 N. Kinney Rd, Tucson

The Desert Museum is lovely during the day, but it’s even cooler after dark! Visit Saturday nights in June until 9:00pm to beat the heat while learning something neat! The […]

Summer Safari Nights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson

Reid Park Zoo’s Summer Safari is back every Saturday evening May 15 through August 14. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures with added fun including: Live Music from a […]

$6.50 – $10.50

WALL-E at Cactus Carpool Cinema

Cactus Carpool Cinema 6201 South Wilmot Road, Tucson

WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. […]

$20

Round Up at the Ranch 5K at Steam Pump Ranch

Steam Pump Ranch 10901 N. Oracle Rd, Oro Valley

This race will take place along the multi-use path, beginning at Steam Pump Ranch and go toward Catalina State Park. Participants have the option to run/walk this race at Steam […]

$25

Second SundAZe: Family Day at Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art 140 North Main Avenue, Tucson

Enjoy free admission to the museum on the second Sunday of every month from 2–5 p.m. for Second SundAZe: Family Day @TMA! Reservations are required, as admissions are limited to […]

Free

$3 Ticket Tuesdays at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson

Reid Park Zoo is reducing the cost of admission for guests every Tuesday in June (8:00am-2:00pm) to just $3 per person as a way to thank the community for their […]

$3

Women's Summer Days Getaways at Catalina Foothills Church

Catalina Foothills Church 2150 E. Orange Grove Road, Tucson

Women's Summer Days Getaways! All women, all ages, are invited to drop in for coffee, conversation, and some fun on six Tuesday mornings, starting June 15. Registration is not required […]

Free+

Summer Track & Field Events at Palo Verde High School

Palo Verde High Magnet School 1302 S. Avenida Vega, Tucson

Tucson Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Summer Track & Field Events every Tuesday in June and July. For more information, call 520-791-4870. Track and Field Events will […]

$3 – $4

Middle School Fab Nights at Christ Community Church

Christ Community Church 530 S. Pantano Road, Tucson

Join Christ Community Church for great Fellowship, Awesome Games, and Bible Study. Invite a friend. June 2 – Water Day, meet at Oasis June 9 – Dodgeball Day, meet in […]

Free

Tuesday Night Live: Sweet Ghosts at Club Congress Plaza

Hotel Congress 311 East Congress Street, Tucson

A CD release, at last! Sweet Ghosts is the project of singer-songwriter Ryan Alfred and vocalist Katherine Byrnes. At once familiar and mysteriously unique, they combine “stunning, unpredictable harmonies” (Tucson […]

$12

Discovery Night at Children's Museum Tucson

Children's Museum Tucson 200 South 6th Ave, Tucson

Enjoy 1/2-price admission, bilingual programming, and extended evening hours. Perfect for working caregivers who aren’t able to visit during the week, Discovery Night offers a fun outing for the family […]

$4.50

Family Night at Golf N' Stuff

Golf N' Stuff 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson

Family Nights are back! Join Golf N' Stuff every Thursday from 5-8pm for discounted wristbands and family fun! The Awesome Two Hour Unlimited Wristband includes two hours of UNLIMITED Bumper […]

Summer Road Races at City Parks

Tucson

Tucson Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Road Races every Thursday in June and July. For more information, call 520-791-4870. Road Races Events will include: 1-mile predict, 2K, […]

$3 – $4

Rooftop Dinner: HUB + DRAGOON at Playground Bar & Lounge

Playground Bar & Lounge 278 E. Congress St, Tucson

Dine on the rooftop with the city lights & stars! HUB Restaurant & Creamery has teamed up with the brewing masters at Dragoon Brewing to bring you a 5-course food […]

$70

Finding Nemo at Cactus Carpool Cinema

Cactus Carpool Cinema 6201 South Wilmot Road, Tucson

Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove […]

$20

Free Outdoor Concerts at Little Anthony's Diner

Little Anthony's Diner 7010 E. Broadway, Tucson

FREE Outdoor Concerts at Little Anthony's Diner! Featuring 3 different bands ALL SUMMER LONG! Call ahead for reservations! #520-296-0456 THURSDAY NIGHT, 6:00-8:00PM May 27: RAW Band June 3: The Cadillacs […]

Free

Saturday Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 2021 N. Kinney Rd, Tucson

The Desert Museum is lovely during the day, but it’s even cooler after dark! Visit Saturday nights in June until 9:00pm to beat the heat while learning something neat! The […]

Summer Safari Nights at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson

Reid Park Zoo’s Summer Safari is back every Saturday evening May 15 through August 14. Enjoy the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures with added fun including: Live Music from a […]

$6.50 – $10.50

Father's Day Car Show at Pantano Christian Church

Pantano Christian Church 1755 S. Houghton Road, Tucson

Pantano Christian Church is hosting their 4th annual car show on Sunday, June 20. "If you have a cool car, truck, or bike you want to show off, we’d love […]

Free

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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!

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