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Due Date Club of September 2014

Induction set for Thursday morning!

I was starting to think I'd be pregnant forever! I'm 5 days overdue. Had a doctors appointment today...

Due Date Club of November 2014

4D ultrasound rant & pictures

I had an ultrasound today to check her growth since I've only gained 3 pounds. Tessa is actually too...

Due Date Club of November 2014

Slump

**I am soo blessed to be having a second child and this pregnancy has not been rough, so this isn't...

Due Date Club of November 2014

Annoyed with OB Office

I had an appt last Tuesday and asked that they do a swab to check for infection. I asked they call m...

Due Date Club of September 2014

Scheduled C-section tomorrow morning - nervous and excited!

This is my last day ever of being pregnant. Woohoo! I'm excited to meet baby, but feeling quite anx...

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The Truth About the Estimated Due Date

"I am here, ready to have my baby," an expectant mother stated, as a matter of fact, upon arrival at the hospital one morning. "How far apart are your contractions?" the staff asked, retrieving paperwork to start admitting her. "I haven't had any contractions," she replied. » Read more

Top 10 Fears about Childbirth

“You’re expecting me to push what through where?!” Most women have, at one time or another, felt some apprehension or fear about aspects of giving birth. For a small percentage, worry transforms into an actual psychological disorder, with something called, “Tokophobia,” which is the fear of childbirth or pregnancy.

What Is a Lotus Birth?

By Laura Carlson

Surprisingly, a small but mighty trend in Lotus Births is emerging among pregnant women in the Western World. "Lotus Birth" is the practice of leaving the umbilical cord uncut and attached to the placenta for several days after childbirth. Some estimates put the percentage of such births at 5 percent. Will this trend continue to gain momentum? » Read more

Fetal Distress During Labor

Both excitement and apprehension may be rising as your baby's birth date draws near. Knowing what to expect can help you and your birth coach adjust to sudden changes that can occur in the birthing room, such as "fetal distress." This term means that the baby may have an abnormal heart rate or that his or her oxygen supply is compromised. » Read more

Shoulder Dystocia

Do you find yourself mulling over the "what if" emergency situations that might happen during childbirth? Luckily, obstetrical emergencies occur in only seven percent of 1,000 live births in the United States. » Read more

Uterine Irritability during Pregnancy

Feeling contractions...and you're just barely into your third trimester? One of the health challenges to be on the lookout for during pregnancy is uterine irritability. An 'irritable uterus' is when the uterine muscles contract without causing any changes in your cervix or being a sign of labor. » Read more

False Labor or the Real Deal? How to Know if You Are in Labor

As their due dates approach, many expectant moms are fooled by “false labor.” They can get contractions that seem like the real thing—occurring closer together and appearing to grow more intense or painful. But, if the contractions do not cause dilation of the cervix, then they are false. » Read more

8 Ways to Speed Up Labor

Prodromal labor, or pre-labor, is the body’s way of preparing for birth. When a woman experiences prodromal labor, it can feel similar to real labor. She may get contractions, lose some or all of her mucus plug, and it may even cause her to dilate or efface some.

PPROM: Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes

If you’re expecting, you may wonder when your water will break, where you’ll be, and if it will happen unexpectedly or too early. Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) is a condition that happens during pregnancy when the membranes of the amniotic sac break at least an hour before labor starts. » Read more

Natural Ways to Strengthen Labor Contractions

Having a baby can be hard and painful, but it can also be incredibly empowering, especially if you progress your body’s ability to give birth naturally. Natural methods of inducing, aiding and easing contractions aren’t for everyone. » Read more