According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in eight American babies is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. These preterm deliveries can have life-long health effects on those that survive them. 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.

One of the biggest fears almost every woman has when she is pregnant is the dreaded idea of pooping while pushing. This is why it is important to understand the facts around this as well as a few tips to help.

Will I Poop When I Push?

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.

She said it was time to head to the hospital. Contractions are three minutes apart and she feels like they are getting stronger. You run through the house picking up all the bags and important papers you prepared for this moment and off you go to the emergency room. After about an hour, all contractions stop and your partner is given the diagnosis – false labor – but what do you do now?

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.

Guests in the delivery room are a topic couples should discuss well before labor begins. How many people do you want around during 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?

With your growing abdomen and all the changes in your body, there is apt to be aches and pains associated with 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.

The pregnancy trimester is like a goal each pregnant woman has. Make it
from pregnancy trimester one to two and things are a bit safer. Move
from pregnancy trimester two to three and the pregnancy is nearing the
exciting day of birth. During each pregnancy trimester there are
milestones women achieve in their pregnancy.

Giving birth to a new baby is about more than just active labor, contractions and pushing. 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.