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    Online Birthing Classes and Prenatal Care

    Our free online prenatal and childbirth classes are open to everyone. Free online class on pregnancy, labor, birth, parenting and breastfeeding. ... 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. ... more »

    Childbirth: Prenatal Yoga for Stress Relief and Pain Management

    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. ... more »

    Where Did These Breasts Come From?

    Expecting women will have to deal with breast growth, pain and milk production as a part of the pregnancy journey. Why and how do breasts grow during pregnancy? ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... more »

    Clothing and Fetal Safety

    Unfortunately, holding onto that pre-pregnancy body is not just not an option which means a new wardrobe will be necessary.  ... more »

    Cervical Dilation and Effacement

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

    Breast Changes and Pain

    From the first weeks after conception, women often complain about breast tenderness and pain. In the beginning, the pain can be attributed to the sudden increase in progesterone and estrogen. ... more »

    Tips for Preventing SIDS

    SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, describes an infant death with an unknown cause. While doctors and researchers may not be able to pinpoint the reason for death in SIDS cases, they have compiled a list of tips to prevent SIDS from occurring with your baby. ... more »

    Losing the Baby Weight

    Average pregnancy weight gain is between 25 and 35 pounds, however that number depends upon several factors such as the baby's weight and the number of babies in utero. ... more »

    Where Did My Period Go?

    For about six weeks after the giving birth, the woman will pass lochia (pospartum discharge from the vagina). Lochia is a mixture of placental tissue, blood and mucus. ... more »

    Co-Bedding Safety Issues

    Parents tend to choose co-bedding as a solution to late night crying and sleep deprivation. While co-bedding may help solve these problems, some experts report that the baby is at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome and accidental death when sleeping beside a parent. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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. ... more »

    Heartburn and Indigestion

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

    Why Can't I Go?

    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. ... 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 »

    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. ... more »

    Unproductive Labor

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

    Labor Induction

    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. ... 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: ... 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. ... more »

    Episiotomy

    When the vaginal opening does not appear large enough to pass a baby's head, doctors may choose to perform an episiotomy, an incision that widens the vaginal opening. ... more »

    When is it Too Late for Pain Medication?

    When is it too late for pain medication during labor and delivery? ... 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. ... 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. ... more »

    General Anesthesia

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

    Doulas and Midwives

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

    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. ... 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 »

    Adjusting to Sleep Deprivation

    Researchers believe that taking short naps of 20 to 45 minutes during the day can greatly improve mental acuity and alertness; exhaustion can impair motor skills and ability to perform daily tasks. ... 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 »

    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. ... 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. ... 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. ... more »

    Natural Methods to Induce Labor

    Several things can be done to induce labor naturally that might make you have contractions and start your labor, but they'll only work if your body is ready. ... more »