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Macaroni & Cheese with A1 Steak Sauce to Induce Labor

By JustMommies staff

We know what you’re thinking. Who would purposely eat macaroni and cheese with A1 sauce? A pregnant woman desperate to get her baby to come out, of course. We know this recipe isn’t the best tasting recipe out there but hey you know what they say “don’t knock it until you tried it”. Right?
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Natural Childbirth Cheat - Sheet

By JustMommies staff

by Jennifer Vanderlaan www.birthingnaturally.net Not sure you are going to remember how to use all the comfort measures you learned in your Natural Childbirth Class? Here is a handy tool to help you make the most of all your preparations. Keep this cheat-sheet in your birth bag to use when you just don’t
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Natural Childbirth Sabotage: Is Your Doctor as NCB-Friendly as You Think?

If you’ve decided to try for a natural childbirth (NCB), you may find that finding support for your
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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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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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Pain Relief during Labor

By JustMommies staff

Child birth is a completely natural process, and so is the pain that typically accompanies labor. Pain relief options during labor range from natural methods, which can ease but not eliminate the pain, to an epidural or spinal pain medicine that eliminates a majority of the pain. Note the word "majority;"
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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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Pitocin: A Controversial Childbirth Topic

By JustMommies staff

Pitocin is a man made synthetic drug form of Oxytocin, a hormone made in the body that causes the uterus to contract. Doctors generally use Pitocin to start labor and speed up the labor process. Pitocin is also used to help the body expel the placenta or stop heavy bleeding. Natural Labor Progression:
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Planning a Home Birth

By JustMommies staff

By Nancy Da Silva Women used to have babies at home. As recent as only a few decades ago, it was not uncommon to hear a grandmother who’d lived in the same house for sixty years claim that all of her children had been born in the upstairs bedroom. Then with the innovations and improvements in science
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Planning a Successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

By JustMommies staff

Many women who have had a previous cesarean birth question whether or not they should have a repeat c-section or try for a vaginal birth. Most women who have had cesareans can have vaginal births with their following pregnancies. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists "Of
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