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Packing for the Big Day

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So, you're well into your last month of pregnancy and you're wondering what to pack for that final trip to the hospital in your labor bag. Below are some handy suggestions of what to include (and not to include) in your hospital bag. The most important thing is to try to be as prepared as possible and remain calm when it's time to head out to the hospital. What to Bring ?For You: Labor and Delivery….• Your ID, insurance card and any hospital paperwork you might ...
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How to Relax During Labor

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Relaxation and labor might seem like two contradictory concepts, but relaxing while giving birth is actually achievable if you use the right techniques and have the support of a good birth partner. In fact, being able to remain relaxed throughout your labor will help you have a more positive birth experience. Read on to learn more about the benefits of relaxation in labor and how to achieve it.Benefits of RelaxationStress is never good for an expecting mother, particularly during labor when the ...
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Cesarean Delivery - What and When?

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As you near your due date, you might start wondering whether you should opt for a normal vaginal delivery or a Cesarean delivery. In order for you to make an informed decision and discuss things comfortably with your doctor, you might want to learn a bit more about what a C-section is and when it is usually performed.What is it?A Cesarean delivery, also known as a C-section, is a surgical procedure used to deliver your baby through an incision in your abdomen and uterus. Some C-sections are plan...
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Getting a C-section is inevitable when there are certain factors that hinder a normal vaginal delivery, but a C-section is not always chosen due to medical necessity; you can have an elective Cesarean if you prefer. Many women these days are opting for elective Cesareans due to various reasons discussed below. If you’re thinking of following suit, make sure you’re aware of both the advantages and the risks of C-sections before making your final decision. Your doctor will be able...
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Inducing Labor - Reasons & Risks

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Childbirth is not always a textbook process, and doctors will sometimes need to give nature a little push by taking measures to trigger contractions and speed up labor to ensure the safe delivery of the baby and safeguard the mother’s health when the need arises. If you’re wondering whether you should discuss inducing labor with your doctor, it might be a good idea to learn about the process, the reasons behind it and the risks involved first.Reasons for Induced LaborYour doctor migh...
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As explained in Inducing Labor: Reasons & Risks, labor induction can sometimes be a necessity. There are different techniques to inducing labor, some of which are medical while others are natural. Read on to learn the different options available to you and discuss them with your doctor to determine which would be more suitable in your case. Medical Ways to Induce LaborThe method of labor induction depends on the dilation, softness and effacement of the cervix, whereby all three aspects ...
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One of the first steps you should take after finding out that you're pregnant is scheduling an appointment with your doctor to determine your prenatal care requirements. Your doctor will most likely set the first official prenatal test during your 6th or 8th week of pregnancy to begin monitoring your baby's development and screen for and rule out potential fetal problems or abnormalities. It is important to note that no screening method can diagnose birth defects; they can only indicate ...
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What to Expect After Delivery

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You finally have a baby! But things might not be going quite as you expected them to. In addition to being physically exhausted, you might find yourself struggling to fend back mood swings, physical discomfort, and frustration at the sudden change in your overall lifestyle. Below are some of the things you might experience on both  physical and emotional levels. If at any point your discomfort becomes excessive, talk to your doctor to find the ideal medical solution for how to deal with it....
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Six Elements of a Healthy Diet

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Pregnant women have different nutritional needs, which is why things like which foods to start eating and avoiding will come to the forefront of the list of things you need to pay attention to. But following a healthy diet doesn't necessarily have to involve the adoption of a strict regimen, it simply means that you should pay more attention to your food choices. The following six guidelines adapted from The Whole Pregnancy Handbook by Joel M. Evans and Robin Aronson (Gotham Books, 2005), wi...
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Exercising During Pregnancy

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Prenatal exercise is great for boosting energy levels, alleviating stress and tension, reducing pregnancy aches, and contributing to overall good health for both you and your baby, but sometimes the daily pregnancy discomforts can leave you feeling less than enthusiastic about getting up and starting your workout routine. Here are a few tips on how to adjust your exercise activities around your daily symptoms.NauseaIf you're prone to morning sickness, try to find out when your nausea is less...
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