Is this your first pregnancy? Wondering what different types of contractions feel like and when they should start? Here’s how to tell true labor contractions apart from other types of contractions — including false labor and Braxton Hicks contractions.
Preparing For Labor
Nearing the end of your pregnancy? Eager to bring your baby home? Here's a checklist of things you should do to prepare for your labor and delivery. Do you have a birth plan? Do you know what to bring to the hospital with you? Do you know how to tell when you're actually in labor? Moms share their best tips to help you prepare for the labor experience.
The fourth trimester begins when your baby is born and continues until she reaches 3 months old. It’s a time of adjustment for both the mother and the newborn — who was quite content for 9 months inside the womb and now must learn to adapt to all new sights, sounds, and activities. Here are 5 pediatrician-recommended ways to re-create that feeling of being inside the womb during your baby’s first 3 months of life.
As a first time mother, I question everything when it comes to the wellness and safety of my baby. Right away, we were faced with the dilemma of getting newborn vaccines while in the hospital after delivery – the Hepatitis B shot, and the Vitamin K shot. Then, the CDC’s immunization schedule for children says to give 6 vaccinations at 2 months of age. I’ve done my research and decided to follow an alternative vaccine schedule instead of the CDC’s baby vaccination chart. See why, and if this is the right decision for your family — or not.
Having a high risk pregnancy doesn’t mean something bad is going to happen. It just means that one or more high risk pregnancy factors exist. You and your baby will benefit from the extra attention!
Super advice from a mom to help you when you’re preparing for labor. The top 4 things she recommends doing early + tips to help you do them quickly & easily
The more you understand about the birthing process and the steps that you go through in labor, the more you will know ahead of time what to expect and you won’t fear it so much. Here’s what you need to know about the stages of labor.
Have you heard about cord blood banking? Not sure if you really need to do it or not? There are both pros and cons to cord blood banking. They are highlighted here.
If you’re pregnant and trying to make a decision regarding unattended home births, here are some facts that you’ll want to see first.
Do you have a pet and are wondering how to successfully get your pet & baby together with a minimum of fuss? Understanding how to get pet & baby together will save you time and trouble.
How to save money when you’re having a baby at the hospital. Defray the cost of having a baby with these 4 simple tips.
One major issue that must be decided upon prior to the birth of the child is whether or not to preserve the baby’s cord blood. Ever since a child was successfully treated with cord blood stem cells to cure his Fanconi anemia in 1988, the popularity of cord blood banking has increased. Here are the pros & cons of cord blood preservation.
What if you can’t take a childbirth education class at the hospital? You can prepare for labor and delivery at home by watching a childbirth education DVD. We think Laugh and Learn About Childbirth is the best DVD class available.
Here’s a list of things that you should NOT pack in your hospital bag before giving birth. Good advice on simplifying your hospital bag and not packing more than you can carry home!
When should you pack your hospital bag for pregnancy? By the third trimester, in case of emergency, and keep it stored in the trunk of your car. We’ve rounded up 3 of the best hospital bag checklists on the Internet, along with a link to what NOT to pack in your hospital bag for the birth of your baby.
After some contractions and cramping at 19 weeks, my ultrasound showed placenta previa, a serious pregnancy complication in which the placenta covers the cervix. Here are some online resources that explain what placenta previa means to expectant moms and placenta previa questions to ask your doctor.