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Blue-Light Goggles in Development to Prevent Preterm Labor

Approximately 35% of all infant deaths in the US are linked to preterm labor. These grim statistics have led one college professor in Florida on a quest to find a safe and effective way to prevent preterm labor. His mission has him seeing blue.

Will I Poop When I Push During Labor and Childbirth?

Women have many concerns during pregnancy is
the dreaded fear of pooping while pushing. This is why it is important
to understand the facts around this as well as a few tips to help.

Cervical Changes in Labor

The cervix is the gateway to baby. During pregnancy, a plug covering
the cervix works like a cork holding the umbilical sac and fetus in
place in the uterus. As labor approaches, hormonal changes cause the
plug to release starting the beginning stages of labor.

Should I Return to Work After False Labor?

She said it was time to head to the hospital. Contractions are three
minutes apart and she feels like they are getting stronger. After
about an hour, all contractions stop and your partner is given the
diagnosis – false labor – but what do you do now?

How Do I Know: True Labor Vs False Labor

As the end of your pregnancy approaches, you will notice
contractions from time to time. These contractions are often referred to
as Braxton Hicks or practice contractions.

How To Deal With Delivery Room Guests

Guests in the delivery room are a topic couples should discuss well
before labor begins. How many people do you want around during labor? Is
there a difference for you between labor guests and guests who you want
to experience the active pushing phase?

Labor Contractions: How Do I Know It's Labor?

It's a fact. Most women got through labor in preparation for delivering the baby. But why is it happening and how do you know you are in labor?

Why Do I Have Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy?

One of the most concerning for many pregnant women is pelvic pain. Pelvic pain can be attributed to more than just the weight of the uterus and fetus and it is not always associated with labor.

Pregnancy Milestones to Look For in Each Pregnancy Trimester

The pregnancy trimester is like a goal each pregnant woman has. During each pregnancy trimester there are milestones women achieve in their pregnancy.

Third Stage of Labor

For the last 40 weeks, the baby has survived in the womb thanks to the placenta. This blood rich pseudo-organ must pass out of the vagina after the baby. But before it can pass, it must first detach from interior uterine tissue. Contractions will continue as the placenta detaches and moves through the vaginal canal and out the vagina.

Second Stage of Active Labor

The second stage of active labor is when the woman finally gets to react to those strong contractions. Contractions are like signals to push, and as the second stage of active labor begins the woman will feel the need to push stronger than ever before.

Pushing Tips

Pregnant women take classes, watch movies and ask questions about pushing, but until a woman is in active labor, she will have no idea how strong the pressure and the need to push really is. Learning some tips for effective pushing can lessen time spent in labor. 

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First Stage of Active Labor

When the first stage of labor begins, the cervix responds to hormonal changes and contractions start to take on a more patterned interval. Cervical dilation and blood show will be present as well.

When Should I Head to the Hospital?

The first stage, when mom starts feeling real labor pains, can last
between 10 and 14 hours. Once through this first stage, it is time for
mom to head off to the hospital.

How is False Labor Different?

False labor can feel much like active labor, especially for a new mother. Braxton Hicks contractions can begin in the second trimester. These contractions are used to prepare the uterus for actual birth when the time comes.

Warm Water and Fetal Safety

Labor pains are new and irritating at first and some pregnant women find great relief in a warm bath. Taking warm baths can help relieve tension and pain throughout pregnancy, but too warm could lead to birth defects and lack of oxygen to the baby.

Breathing Exercises

Most women link breathing exercises to pain management during labor. But, while breathing during labor does help to combat contraction pain, it also provides increased oxygen levels to the baby that is in state of stress as well.

Prelabor Preparation

Weeks before real labor begins, the pregnant woman's body starts preparing for birth.  Most of these changes will go unno

Labor Contractions

Labor contractions are the body’s way of saying, “Let’s get ready to
have a baby!” and are caused by hormones in the body. Labor contractions come in three forms: false, practice and active

Contractions, Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks contractions are the female body’s way of preparing for birth. For a new mom, or even the seasoned mother-to-be, Braxton Hicks contractions can be difficult to sort out from real contractions that mean it’s time to give birth.

How to Survive the 3rd Trimester of Pregnancy in 12 Steps

The 3rd trimester, the last 12 weeks of the pregnancy, is important because significant issues can arise during this time.

How to Tell That You Are in Labor in 12 Steps

Telling if you are in labor is not always easy and can be different from one woman to the other. Labor is usually defined as contractions which makes the cervix change and open it up.

Labor: Is It True Labor, False Labor, or Braxton Hicks Contractions

Before "true" labor begins, you may have "false" labor pains, also known as Braxton Hicks contractions.

Does a Female Orgasm Induce labor?

The issue of female orgasm during pregnancy is actually quite controversial and in the past, it was thought that female orgasms could trigger preterm labor.

Premature Contractions

Are premature contractions a problem?

Sleeping on the Back During Pregnancy

Does sleeping on the back hurt the baby?

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