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Benefits of Natural Chidlbirth

By JustMommies staff

There are different methods of natural childbirth out there including the Lamaze method, the Bradley method, hypobirthing, and others. Some women don’t use a particular method at all when approaching natural childbirth. The methods, philosophies, and reasons for choosing natural childbirth vary. For
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Birthing Alone: Single Moms Can Have a Great Birth Too!

By JustMommies staff

If you are preparing to become a mother, you are about to learn how incredibly strong you really are. You will endure all of the physical demands of labor, delivery, and recovery; and you will have a love for your child that is more powerful than you could ever imagine. Of course most women would prefer
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Bloody Show: What Is It, and What Does It Mean?

By JustMommies staff

When you hear about seeing a “bloody show” at the end of your pregnancy, it sounds as if you are in for something dramatic and gory. But it’s not dangerous or necessarily a sign that something has gone wrong; and in fact, many women never experience it. The “bloody show” actually refers to
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Braxton Hicks Contractions

By JustMommies staff

Braxton Hicks contractions are the irregular intermittent contractions that occur during pregnancy. They typically begin around the 20th week of pregnancy, but may begin earlier for women who have had previous pregnancies. Braxton Hicks contractions are described by some as a tightening feeling. Some
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Braxton Hicks Contractions

By JustMommies staff

Braxton Hicks contractions are the irregular intermittent contractions that occur during pregnancy. They typically begin around the 20th week of pregnancy, but may begin earlier for women who have had previous pregnancies. Braxton Hicks contractions are described by some as a tightening feeling. Some
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Castor Oil to Induce labor

By JustMommies staff

So you've reached 40 weeks of pregnancy and baby has not arrived. You had hoped to go in labor on your own and the idea of a medical induction does not appeal to you. Is there anything you can do? Castor oil has been used to induce labor for many years. Some midwives and doctors alike both use it. However,
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Cephalopelvic Disproportion: What You Should Know

By JustMommies staff

You may ask, “Cef-alo-pelvic what?” upon hearing about this medical condition for the first time. The term “cephalopelvic disproportion” (CPD) is a situation in which a baby’s head won’t fit through the mother’s pelvis during birth because the infant’s head is too big for the birth canal.
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Cephalopelvic Disproportion: What You Should Know

By JustMommies staff

You may ask, “Cef-alo-pelvic what?” upon hearing about this medical condition for the first time. The term “cephalopelvic disproportion” (CPD) is a situation in which a baby’s head won’t fit through the mother’s pelvis during birth because the infant’s head is too big for the birth canal.
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Cervical Dilation in Pictures

Your doctor has measured you and told you that you are 1 to 2 centimeters dilated, but what does that
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Childbirth Classes: Choosing one right for you

By JustMommies staff

Taking a childbirth education class will help you and your partner prepare for childbirth. There are several child birth philosophies including the Lamaze method, the Bradley method, the Kitzinger method, and Hypnobirthing®. These methods vary on approaches, but all childbirth classes will teach you
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