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The Bed Rest Debate: Is Bed Rest During Pregnancy Effective?

By JustMommies staff

Approximately 20 percent of women are put on bed rest at some point in their pregnancies (either complete bed rest, or partial bed rest, such as restrictions from work or household activities, or restrictions from sex). This is usually done when a mother is considered high risk for preterm labor. It
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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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False Labor or the Real Deal? How to Know if You Are in Labor

By JustMommies staff

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. So, how
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Pineapples to Induce Labor

By JustMommies staff

Most tropical fruits such as pineapples, mango, papaya, and kiwi contain proteolytic enzymes, enzymes which break down protein and are thought to have certain medicinal properties. Pineapples have been used as an anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, diuretic, and also to induce labor. Bromelain, a type
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Using Castor Oil for Inducing labor

By JustMommies staff

If you've passed your due date and are looking to induce labor, you may be able to turn to the old wives tale of using castor oil.
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Foods That Induce Labor: 9 Recipes to Jump Start Labor

If you are past your due date you might be interested in trying some recipes to help kick start labor.
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Pressure Points to Induce Labor

By Rebecca Pillar

Many women find themselves, as their due dates draw near, searching for ways to jump start labor. There are many “wives’ tales” going around such as castor oil and walking, but there are alternatives. What is acupressure? An age-old practice, stemming from Asia, is acupressure. Acupressure is derived
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Natural Ways to Strengthen Labor Contractions

By JustMommies staff

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. But if you are in search of natural ways to help labor along and
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Natural Ways to Induce Labor

By JustMommies staff

As you reach the end of your pregnancy, you may begin looking for natural ways to induce labor. Please keep in mind that you should not use any of these methods until you are past your due date. No method is guaranteed to work. Even drugs like pitocin do not always work at inducing labor. If your baby
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Timing Contractions

By JustMommies staff

When the body is ready, usually between 38 and 42 weeks gestation, it releases hormones that cause the uterus to contract. Contractions help dilate and thin the cervix so your baby can be born. It also helps push the baby through the birth canal. Braxton Hicks Contractions Every woman is different, but
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