Tag: labor

Why is 39 weeks so important?

Why is 39 weeks so important?

If your pregnancy is healthy, it is best to wait for labor to begin on its own. And if you do decide to induce labor, ask your provider if you can wai ...
Eating during labor

Eating during labor

You may have heard a news report saying that it is okay for a pregnant woman to eat a light meal during labor. In fact, they even said it may be a goo ...
Contractions – is this the real thing?

Contractions – is this the real thing?

There are two different kinds of contractions. Braxton-Hicks contractions, also called false labor, prepare your body for labor and delivery. Labor co ...
What causes back labor?

What causes back labor?

Asked about back labor, Dr. Siobhan Dolan answers the question in her new March of Dimes book, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby. “Babies are usually face- ...

Fetal scalp pH testing

Fetal scalp blood sampling is a quick test your health care provider can use to check if your baby is getting enough oxygen during labor. Sometimes ...
What is a birthing ball?

What is a birthing ball?

If you’ve been to the gym, you’ve probably seen those giant exercise balls you roll yourself up and down a wall with or balance on while doing crunche ...
Tackling infant mortality through innovative health education

Tackling infant mortality through innovative health education

Today's post is written by Sarah Ingersoll, Text4baby Campaign Director, National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition September marks Nationa ...
Dads, are you up for the delivery room?

Dads, are you up for the delivery room?

Some guys seriously can’t handle the delivery room (the sight of blood makes them pass out cold – not so helpful) and that’s OK… but if you’re not too ...