Gate Control and How it Can Affect Your Birth

    What’s the first thing you do if you smack your funny bone? Without even thinking about it, you rub your elbow. You’re using gate control to alleviate your pain - even if you don’t have any idea what that is. What does this mean for labor? ... more »

    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 professor on a quest to find a safe and effective way to prevent preterm labor. ... more »

    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. ... more »

    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. ... more »

    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? ... more »

    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. ... more »

    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? ... more »

    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? ... more »

    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. ... more »

    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. ... more »

    Third Stage of Labor

    The placenta is a blood rich organ which needs to pass out of the uterus and vagina after delivery. ... more »

    Second Stage of Active Labor

    The second stage of active labor is when the woman finally gets to react to those strong contractions. As the second stage of active labor begins the woman will feel the need to push. ... 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.  ... 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 blood show will be present as well. ... more »

    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. ... 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. ... 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. ... more »

    Breathing Exercises

    Most women link breathing exercises to pain management during labor, but breathing during labor also provides increased oxygen levels to the baby that is in state of stress as well. ... more »

    Prelabor Preparation

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

    Labor Contractions

    Labor contractions are the body's way of saying, 'Let's get ready tohave a baby!' and are caused by hormones in the body. Labor contractions come in three forms: false, practice and activelabor. ... more »

    Braxton Hicks Contractions And Fals Labor

    Braxton Hicks contractions aka false labor pains are the body's way of preparing for birth. For new moms and seasoned mothers-to-be alike, it can be difficult to know if labor is beginning or not. ... more »

    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. ... more »

    Early Signs of Labor and Symptoms

    Some of the early signs of labor include painful contractions that usually last longer than 30 seconds, come in a regular, measurable interval, usually less than every 3 minutes, and worsen as time go ... more »

    Braxton Hicks Contractions And False Labor

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

    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. ... more »

    Premature Contractions

    Are premature contractions a problem? ... more »

    Sleeping on the Back During Pregnancy

    Does sleeping on the back hurt the baby? ... more »