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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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General Play + Fitness at Michael Perry Park

Michael Perry Park 2755 S. Pantano Parkway, Tucson, AZ

General Play is for all ages and includes corn hole, board games, hula hoops, giant chess, giant checkers, giant Connect 4, cards, music, Mexican train, dominoes, giant Jenga, giant ring […]

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Gold Over America Tour Starring Simone Biles at Tucson Arena

Tucson Arena 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ

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$24 – $169

General Play + Disc Golf at Marisol Park

Marisol Park 1100 E. Silverlake Rd., Tucson, AZ

General Play is for all ages and includes corn hole, board games, hula hoops, giant chess, giant checkers, giant Connect 4, cards, music, Mexican train, dominoes, giant Jenga, giant ring […]

Free

Open House at Center for Creative Photography

Center for Creative Photography 1030 N. Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ

Visit CCP for extended evening hours and enjoy pop-up installations, art-making, food, music, and more! Check out the newly designed Alice Chaiten Baker Interdisciplinary Gallery, front patio, and first-floor library […]

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Discovery Nights at Children's Museum Tucson

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

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 […]

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Tucson Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church brings the Tucson, Arizona community together through fun events and delicious Greek Food! The unique combination of authentic Greek Food and enjoyable occasions creates a […]

City Serve with Catalina Foothills Church

Catalina Foothills Church 2150 E. Orange Grove Road, Tucson, AZ

You can serve solo, with your spouse, with your friends, or with your kids.

Free

Priscilla Shirer Going Beyond Simulcast at Christ Community Church

Christ Community Church 530 S. Pantano Road, Tucson, AZ

Christ Community Church is excited to invite you to the Priscilla Shirer Going Beyond Simulcast on Saturday, Sept. 25, 9:00am-4:00pm in the Oasis Auditorium for a great day of teaching, […]

$20

Ready to Launch Family Day at Arizona History Museum

Arizona History Museum 949 E. 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ

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Free With Paid Admission
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Tucson Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 1145 E Fort Lowell Rd, Tucson, AZ

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church brings the Tucson, Arizona community together through fun events and delicious Greek Food! The unique combination of authentic Greek Food and enjoyable occasions creates a […]

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Oktoberfest at Mt Lemmon

Tucson, AZ

The annual fabulous and fun Oktoberfest 2021 celebration is nearing. Mark your calendars … it will be the last two weekends in September and the first two weekends in October. […]

Over the Border Festival at Rillito Race Track

Rillito Park Racetrack 4502 North First Avenue, Tucson, AZ

From tacos to mariachis – Tucson is ready for a summer finale with the Over The Border, which will take over The Rillito Race Track on September 25 for an […]

$18 – $95

Member Movie Night: Moana at Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ

Bring a blanket, kick back, and relax in the Event Garden as you enjoy Moana with your family. Doors open at 5:30pm with movie munchies available for purchase, a special […]

Free With Zoo Membership

Chris Isaak at Fox Tucson Theatre

Fox Tucson Theatre 17 West Congress Street, Tucson, AZ

Called “rockabilly’s greatest modern ambassador” by Rolling Stone, his legendary shows with his longtime band Silvertone have entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades. Even his hair […]

$42.50 – $97.50

Catalina State Park 10.6 & 5.3 Mile Trail Run

Catalina State Park 11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ

"Southern Arizona's Favorite Trail Race!" Two distances: 5.3 & 10.6 miles. Your race starts & finishes at the park trailhead and travels the trails of this magnificent park. The 10.6 […]

$46 – $55

Free BBQ at Grace Community Church

Grace Community Church 9755 N. LaCholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ

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Free
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Oktoberfest at Mt Lemmon

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The annual fabulous and fun Oktoberfest 2021 celebration is nearing. Mark your calendars … it will be the last two weekends in September and the first two weekends in October. […]

Rickie Lee Jones at Fox Tucson Theatre

Fox Tucson Theatre 17 West Congress Street, Tucson, AZ

Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed […]

$35 – $57.50

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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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