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 »

Breathing Exercises

Most people associate breathing exercises with helping to ease pain from contractions, but it also provides increased oxygen levels to the baby who is in state of stress as well. ... read more »

Epidural and Spinal Anesthesia During Labor

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

Third Stage of Labor

Giving birth to a new baby is about more than just active labor, contractions and pushing. The placenta needs to pass out of the uterus and vagina after delivery. ... read more »

Second Stage of Active Labor

The second stage of active labor is when you finally get to react to those strong contractions. As the second stage of active labor begins you will feel the need to push. ... read more »

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 bloody show will be present as well. ... 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 »

Prelabor Preparation

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

What Would You Need 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, Swelling Everywhere

\While most swelling is associated with increased fluid retention and dietary choices, some changes in swelling can be a marker for health issues associated with pregnancy. ... read more »

Common Myths About Inducing Labor

The latter days of pregnancy can be the most irritating. When resting in bed, mom may search for the fastest way to self-induce labor from home and may come across some interesting prospects. ... read more »

Pushing Tips

Pregnant women ask questions about pushing but until active labor begins, they will not know how strong the pressure and need to push is. Learning tips for effective pushing can lessen time in labor.  ... read more »

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is rarely used during labor and delivery. General anesthesia is reserved for C-section deliveries that have complications. ... read more »

Natural Childbirth

During labor and delivery, nearly every woman will be given a choice of pain medications. If she chooses to skip these medications, she is choosing to have a natural childbirth. ... read more »

Vacuum Assisted Birth and Forceps

When energy levels are low or the baby's head is a bit too large to push through the vaginal opening, vacuum assisted birth or forceps may be used to help in the birthing process. ... read more »

Vaginal Tearing

Natural tears are common during childbirth and tend to heal just as quickly as surgical cuts or episiotomies. There are four degrees of vaginal tearing during pregnancy: ... 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 »

Basic Diapering Skills 101

When pee and poo are on the line, it is important to know the basics of proper diapering well ahead of time so practice before the baby is born. ... read more »

How Long Do I Have Until The Baby is Born?

New moms are often told they can tell how long they have until the baby is born by the look of the belly button or the drop of the tummy. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Doulas and Midwives

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

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 »

Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Suffering from a brief bout of mild depression is common for women who have just given birth. Some women will fight through the depression and come out within a few weeks feeling better than ever before. Other women will suffer from baby blues symptoms that lead to a deeper more clinical-style depression. ... read more »

Overcoming Sleep Deprivation

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

Dealing with an Expanding Tummy

Stretching skin and moving organs are not pleasant all the time, but the woman can rest assured everything will move back into its normal space after the baby is born. ... read more »

Men: Don’t Worry, Pregnancy Won't Break Her

If you're like most men, one of the feelings that overcomes you when you first find out your partner is pregnant is fear. There's good news, however: she's not going to break. In fact, a woman's body is designed specifically for this purpose. ... read more »

What Classes Can Prepare Me for Labor?

Labor classes like Lamaze are available for women who want to ease labor pain and learn techniques for self control and self awareness during the birthing process. Other birthing classes include the Bradley method, Leboyer method and breastfeeding classes. ... 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 »

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: 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: 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: 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 »

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 »

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