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Signs of Labor

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The big day is coming up soon, and you may be wondering how you'll know when labor has begun. Luckily, your body will likely provide some pretty good signals. Find out more.
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Comfort Measures for Labor

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Did you know there are lots of ways to make yourself more comfortable during labor? You have a wide range of options, from progressive muscle relaxation to massage to epidurals. Learn more about comfort measures.
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Stages of Labor

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Your birth experience will be unique, with its own sensations and rhythms. But there are some basic stages that all women will go through during the birth process. Learn more about what to expect during the stages of labor.
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Eating in Labor

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'Can I eat while I'm in labor?' It's a good idea to ask your health care provider, who may give the thumbs-up for you to snack on certain foods during early labor. Find out more, including which foods your provider might suggest.
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Your due date is coming up soon — so exciting. Have you thought about having someone support you during labor? One option is to hire a doula, a labor support professional, to help meet your needs. Learn more about the role of doulas.
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I am 22 weeks pregnant. I was diagnosed with a complete placenta previa at an earlier ultrasound. A recent one showed I have two lobes of placenta on either side of my cervix. I don't understand what this means -- is this more dangerous then having a complete placenta previa?
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At 35 weeks, how do I know if my baby has "dropped" yet?
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When will I start feeling Braxton-Hicks? How will I know the difference between them and real labor contractions?
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What's an episiotomy?

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What's an episiotomy? Read on and see how our experts have answered this question, and others like it.
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Does having a version work to change the baby's position?Read on and see how our experts have answered this question, and others like it.
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Is it true that on your second pregnancy the labor is faster? And if so, how is that possible?
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Is it dangerous to take castor oil to help induce labor?
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What happens exactly when your water breaks? Silly question, I know, but when you're new at this, there are a lot of questions.
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Can you explain what it means to be 50 percent effaced?
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For centuries women have tried to induce their labors with such "natural" methods as eating hot spicy foods, taking castor oil, or giving themselves enemas.
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Is there a safe way to get labor started at 40 weeks?
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Will Lamaze classes really help me with childbirth?
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Life Skills

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Remember your childbirth class, and those breathing and relaxation techniques you learned? Turns out that these skills can be put to good use throughout your life, not just in labor. Learn more.
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Is high school the last time you saw the inside of a gym? Have you always sat on the sidelines cheering while others played sports? If you have never exercised, fear not: You can start during pregnancy. Intense sports are out, but if you have your doctor's approval, you can begin a fitness walking program.
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Did you know that in the United States twin births have gone up 70 percent since 1980? Or that triplet births have gone up 400 percent since 1980?
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All About Prematurity

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Today's fragile babies benefit from science and medicine's continuing discoveries. From myths to causes, the prematurity story so far.
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Wash your baby’s onesies with TLC

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A must-have for new moms!

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Charmin Sensitive is the only toilet paper with a moisturizing touch of Aloe and vitamin E. It’s dermatologist-tested to be gentle on skin—perfect for a new mom’s healing body.
Daddy’s face can be baby-soft

Daddy’s face can be baby-soft

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Nothing beats a baby’s smile

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Dental care for new moms: It’s a must!

Dental care for new moms: It’s a must!

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A gentle clean for sensitive skin

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