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  • How to Tell When You’re in Labor

    When you think of going into labor, you probably imagine your water breaking and contractions starting. But, labor is actually a process that may begin weeks before delivery and doesn’t end until the afterbirth, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Stage 1: The onset of contractions Stage 2: You begin pushing Stage 3: Sometimes referred to as the placental stage, this begins with the actual birth and ends once you have delivered the placenta and afterbirth Okay, That ...

  • Your Labor and Delivery Team: Who Should Be In the Room?

    Giving birth is one of the most beautiful—and stressful—times in a woman’s life. The moment you go from the positive pregnancy test to pushing, your circle of support is essential. Here’s how to think through who you want by your side: Plan Ahead for Labor and Delivery Most women pack a hospital bag and think about what they might need. But it’s important to think about who you need, too. If you’re fortunate enough to have a lot of friends and family ...

  • Should You Have an Epidural During Childbirth?

    “How much is this going to hurt?” “Will an epidural make it hurt less?” Most moms think about these questions. Many contemplate having an epidural—the low-dose anesthetic that some moms talk about like it’s a saving grace. For some women, maybe it is. What Exactly is an Epidural? It’s a drug that reduces pain during labor. There are two types or epidurals (pdf), according to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1) Analgesia: This type of epidural focuses on blocking pain, but you ...

  • Developing A Birth Plan: Why Expectant Moms Should Be Flexible

    In the months leading up to your delivery date, you’ll probably want to avoid scouring YouTube for delivery videos. Instead, think about creating a birth plan. A birth plan can be an educational tool to boost your confidence going into labor. But in creating it, keep in mind that you may need to throw it to the wind once you go into labor—because when you get into the delivery room, anything can (and will) happen. Don’t let that scare you. One main purpose of creating a birth ...

  • Breastfeeding Problems: When the Breast Isn’t Best

    To breastfeed or not to breastfeed? That is the question—which many moms quickly jump to judge other moms about. They’ll fault each other for breastfeeding too long, not long enough, for doing it in public, for not feeling comfortable enough to do it in public…the list goes on. But what if you can’t breastfeed? For some women, health issues make breastfeeding a no-no. Other moms face challenges that make the act difficult, if not impossible. 85% of women set out to ...

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