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Shoulder Dystocia

By Laura Leavitt

Understand shoulder dystocia so you can be prepared for particular situations that could arise.
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Uterine Irritability during Pregnancy

By Laura Leavitt

Early contractions might be uterine irritability.
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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
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The Bed Rest Debate: Is Bed Rest During Pregnancy Effective?

By Laura Leavitt

Is bed rest going to do what we think it will do?
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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 Laura Leavitt

There are some signs that can help you know if you are going into labor.
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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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