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Braxton Hicks Contractions

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 women describe them as being similar to menstrual cramps. » 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.

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.

Precipitous Labor

“Express delivery” can sometimes take on a new meaning for some expectant moms. If you’re pregnant, are you wondering if your labor will be speedy? Are you curious about whether a quick labor is unusual? » Read more

What to Expect After Labor: 7 Things Nobody Told You

While plenty of books (and strangers on the street) are ready to tell you all of the (sometimes horrifying) details of what you can expect before or during childbirth, there are seldom to fill you in on some of the strange (and sometimes exciting) things you can expect after labor. Here are seven realities for better or worse that you may face after giving birth.

"Am I in Labor?" 8 Ways to Tell if Labor Has Started

It is the question on the minds of most women who are pregnant. Carrying a child and giving birth are filled with aches and pains unique to each experience, but how do you know if labor has truly begun? When does that “back ache” actually mean “back labor”?

Labor and Childbirth Myths

You’ve been waiting nine long months, and your big day is almost here. But what should be a joyful time of giving birth has become clouded by myths about labor and delivery. How do you know what to believe when you have so many people telling you different things? Here are some of the most common myths about labor and childbirth, and the reality behind them: » Read more

Incompetent Cervix: What it Means, What You Can Do

While your baby is growing inside your uterus, it presses down on the opening to the uterus known as the cervix. » Read more

Kids in the Delivery Room

Having your older children with you in the delivery room while you give birth is not such a radical idea. Not too many generations ago, babies were born at home with the help of a family doctor or midwife, and childbirth was simply a fact of life for older siblings. » Read more