High Heels Shoes and Pregnancy

Sure, every mom wants to look and feel sexy during pregnancy while pregnant, but there are safer ways to do that than wearing high heels heeled shoes in pregnancy. ... read more »

In Labor Gravity Is Your Friend

Lying flat on the back, also known as the lithotomy position, turns out to be one of the hardest positions there is to give birth in (short of standing on your head!) ... read more »

Telling Family, Friends, and Your Boss About Your Pregnancy

A new baby comes with many physical and emotional changes for mom and dad. Often, these emotions are shared with family, friends and co-workers. Sharing the feelings of happiness, angst and even sadness are contingent upon telling people about the pregnancy. ... read more »

Birth is Not a Spectator Sport, But You May Need a Coach

My favorite thing I heard during this experience was when a woman asked how many people were permitted in the delivery room at the time of birth. Her attending midwife replied, “birth is not a spectator sport.” ... read more »

Labor Induction: What You Need to Know

If the time has come to give birth and the natural labor process has not begun, doctors can choose to induce labor in a variety of ways. ... read more »

Male and Female Involvement in the Birth Process

How involved are men in the birth and child-rearing process? Researchers in Spain recently completed a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing in an attempt to answer that question. ... read more »

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

Why is it so hard to simply sleep with a newborn? ... read more »

Does the Hospital Offer Breastfeeding Classes?

Most hospitals offer breastfeeding classes and consultations at the time of birth for mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding methods. Classes are typically held before birth, but a lactation consultant may be available to talk with you after birth. ... read more »

Heartburn and Indigestion

Acid escaping from the stomach into the esophagus is often to blame for heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy. ... read more »

Clothing and Fetal Safety

Finding the right pregnancy clothes can be a difficult task, especially when you'll need exercise clothes, business clothes, dress clothes, and don't forget jackets and coats! ... read more »

Doulas and Midwives

Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan. ... read more »

Treatment and Tips to Relieve Sleep Disturbances During Pregnancy

Many women experience sleep disturbances during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are several ways to make nighttime more relaxing and sleep-filled for women throughout every stage of pregnancy. ... read more »

When Is It Too Late For Pain Medication?

For a pregnant woman who has decided on using pain medication for labor and delivery hearing the words, “It is too late to relieve pain” can be frightening. Why, and more importantly when, is it too late for pain medication during labor and delivery? ... read more »

Childbirth: Aromatherapy for Pain Management

One of the alternative techniques you can use for the management of pain during labor is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can be a great way to reduce the amount of stress you're experiencing. ... read more »

Nausea and Vomiting as Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of early pregnancy. And though the name suggests symptoms only occur in the morning, they can really happen at any time of day. ... read more »

How Do You Know You Are In Labor - Early Labor Symptoms and Signs

As the pregnancy comes to an end, there are early labor symptoms and signs that mom will need to look for in order to recognize the beginning of labor. ... read more »

Epidural and Other Labor Anesthesia

An epidural anesthesia is also known as a 'regional' anesthesia because the pain relief is localized in the lower part of your body. But there are several other types of anesthesia in labor. ... read more »

How is False Labor Different?

False labor can feel much like active labor. Braxton Hicks contractions can begin in the second trimester. These contractions are used to prepare the uterus for actual birth when the time comes. ... read more »

Constipation and Diarrhea During Pregnancy

Those same pregnancy hormones that make the muscles and ligaments more lax during the birthing process, will also play games with the intestinal organs. ... read more »

Labor and Delivery: Natural Delivery

Natural birthing techniques are non-invasive procedures that help women accept pain while in labor. ... read more »

Why Can't I Use the Bathroom?

While dehydration is not typically a problem thanks to IV fluids, fear of urinating may cause a woman who has just given birh to refrain from heading off to the bathroom too quickly. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga for Stress Relief

Among the great ways to become better prepared for childbirth is prenatal yoga. It can also help you stay fit and keep you relaxed during your pregnancy. Lowering your stress level is good for you and your baby. ... read more »

Childbirth: Visualization Methods for Pain Relief

Using visualization methods as a tool for pain management during labor and delivery can be highly beneficial. Because labor is a very intense process, it's important that you get through it with as little stress and anxiety as possible. ... read more »

Childbirth: Reflexology for Labor and Delivery

More women are turning to reflexology as part of their plans for a good experience with labor and delivery. It can be used throughout a pregnancy, and can also be used in the delivery room as labor progresses. ... read more »

Childbirth: Massage for Labor and Delivery

Getting a body massage can feel wonderful. Whether you have a full body rubdown or the masseuse focuses on just a few areas of tension, you can leave feeling great. Massage is relaxing and can remove pain and tension from areas like your shoulders and back. ... read more »

Childbirth: Hypnotherapy for Pain Management

There are many ways to get through the pain of childbirth. One of the less conventional options is the use of hypnotherapy. When it's used in this way, it's often called hypnobirthing. ... read more »

Childbirth: Acupressure for Pain Relief During Labor

If you're looking for alternative techniques for pain management during labor, you may want to consider acupressure. This is similar to acupuncture in the way that it works, but there are no needles. ... read more »

Childbirth: Breathing Exercises for Pain Relief in Labor

Practicing breathing exercises is one of the best ways to be prepared for childbirth. It can help reduce fear and stress, and can allow the labor and delivery to go more smoothly. ... read more »

Is a Midwife Right for You?

It goes without saying that prenatal care is important to the healthy growth and development of a baby. In fact, one of the very first things most women do when they suspect they may be pregnant is make an appointment with their gynecologist. ... read more »

What is a Cesarean Section?

A cesarean section is an operative delivery done by cutting through the mother's abdomen and uterus and delivering the baby through the incision. ... read more »

Swelling During Pregnancy

Swelling of the face, hands, legs and feet are all common symptoms of pregnancy, but can cause also serious discomfort and even pain. ... read more »

Other Painful Body Changes

Physical changes during pregnancy are commonly associated with hormonal changes. The body typically returns to normal a few months after baby is born. ... read more »

Body Aches and Pains

There will be plenty of aches and pains associated with pregnancy, but the legs and back are often the body parts hit the hardest. Increased fluid retention during pregnancy can lead to swelling. ... read more »

5 Tips to Cope with the Labor Room Experience

Being in the delivery room with my four children is something I own like a badge of courage. Most of the attention will be on mom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for the stress and anxiety you’re about to experience. ... read more »

Tips to Naturally Induce Labor

As you near the end of your pregnancy, you may be ready for the entire process of carrying your baby to be over. Several things can be done to induce labor naturally that might make you have contractions and begin labor, but they'll only work if your body is ready! Follow these labor induction tips. ... read more »

Cervical Dilation and Effacement

The cervical plug that developed at the beginning of pregnancy will fall out at the end of the third trimester. The cervix will then start preparing for birth, and this is known as cervical dilation and effacement. ... read more »

Warm Water and Fetal Safety

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. ... read more »

Painful Body Changes In Pregnancy And How to Cope

It is normal for a pregnant woman to undergo many body changes, aches and pains during pregnancy. Most are associated with hormones, and the pain will stop when hormone levels return to normal. ... read more »

Unproductive Labor

When labor starts, mom begins the mental preparation needed to move from pregnancy to motherhood. ... read more »

Most Common Pains During Pregnancy

When conception occurs, pregnancy hormones kick into overdrive and cause some serious changes in the female body. These changes are not limited to promoting the healthy growth of the baby. ... read more »

Getting Dad Prepared for Fatherhood

The pregnant woman has 40 weeks to prepare for motherhood. Dad, on the other hand, is often forced to sit back and watch all these beautiful changes take place during the pregnancy. ... read more »

Proper Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnant women used to be told to eat for two during pregnancy. But eating for the baby is much more involved than simply eating more food. ... read more »

Pregnancy Childbirth Classes Video Information

Pregnancy Childbirth Classes Videos:   a. the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and delivery   ... read more »

Does Sex During Pregnancy Cause Labor?

Sex is often one of the first tactics pregnant moms will use to bring about the start of birth. ... read more »

Epidural And Spinal Anesthesia and Pregnancy

An epidural anesthesia is the most popular choice among women in labor and delivery. It is delivered through a needle and catheter which usually stays in place until the baby is born. ... read more »

Where Did These Breasts Come From?

Some women are thrilled to have 40 weeks of expanding breasts, while others are happier with the breasts they had before becoming pregnant. Why and how do breasts grow during pregnancy? ... read more »

Spinal Anesthesia

Spinals are pain medications delivered via the spinal column in one dose. The medication is fast acting and can achieve a complete block of pain in as little as 15 minutes. ... read more »

Healthy Exercise and Supplementation

Moving and exercising during pregnancy is a great way to keep away many aches, pains and bouts of swelling. In addition to exercise, mom needs to understand how supplementation changes during pregnanc ... read more »

Bottlefeeding: Sanitary Choices and Formula Selection

When choosing bottle feeding for a baby, it is important to maintain a sanitary environment with the bottles, nipples and formula. ... read more »

Breastfeeding: Tips and Tricks

There is nothing easy about breastfeeding. Every mom needs a few helpful tips to make breastfeeding the beautiful experience it should be. ... read more »

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