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Prelabor with Twins
I spent a lot of time in prelabor with the twins before they were actually born. That wasn't fun. Page 2.

Giving Birth to Twins at Home
The story of the decision to give birth at home to twins. Page 4.

The Second Baby is Born
After the first baby, the second baby came out 23 minutes later. Page 5.

The Evolution of the Pregnancy Announcement
The pregnancy announcement that you make for your first baby is very different from the one that you make with your third baby. Here's how that process changes.

IV Medications for Pain in Labor
IV medications for labor pain allow you to be more

Is Your Provider VBAC-Friendly?
Wondering what you can do to see if your doctor is pro-VBAC?

The Causes of Preterm Labor - An Overview
Preterm birth is a scary prospect for any mother-to-be. Knowing what you are up against and who is at risk can help prevent preterm labor.

The Birth of a Miracle Baby
It was a long, hard road with secondary infertility and pregnancy loss before this couple welcomed their son.

Is Home Fetal Doppler Use Okay in Pregnancy?
You can now rent a fetal doppler for home use. Is this a wise move for the average pregnant woman?

5 Tips for Induction of Labor
As induction of labor rates continue to rise, you may be faced with how to balance the desires you have for a spontaneous labor and the realities of induction of labor. Here are some tips on having a positive induction of labor.

Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)
Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) is a pregnancy complication where the baby doesn't grow as well as it should. Learn about the possible causes, and what might be done about it.

The Amazing Placenta
Many cultures revere the placenta as an amazing organ and have rituals surrounding it. What are your thoughts?

Intelligender - Gender Prediction Test
This is a home urine test that is used to predict the sex (gender) of your baby. It is done at home with urine for a lot less money than an ultrasound.

What is an induction of labor?
Everything you need to know about inducing labor including how and why labor is induced the benefits and risks of different types of induction from Pitocin to Castor oil.

8 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Having Twins
If you wanted to increase your chance of having twins - how would you do it? Here are some things you should know.

6 Ideas for Prenatal Bonding
Looking for ways to include some prenatal bonding your life?

Surviving a Second Pregnancy With a Toddler
Congratulations on expecting another baby! But how do you manage the strain of pregnancy when you are trying to chase a toddler?

Swollen Fingers in Pregnancy: What to Do With Your Rings
Swelling in pregnancy is normal. but it can mean that your rings don't fit anymore. What solutions are there?

Falling in Pregnancy
Falling in pregnancy is common, but do falls hurt the baby?

Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy Considerations
Did you suffer from hypothyroidism before you were pregnant? What does that mean for your pregnancy?

Dads' Sympathetic Pregnancy Symptoms
When dads experience sympathetic pregnancy symptoms, or couvade syndrome, they may experience weight gain, morning sickness and other symptoms of pregnancy.

Hypnosis for Labor Uses Mind Over Matter to Relieve Pain
Hypnosis in labor and birth is an approach that emphasizes mind over matter and education to reduce pain, tension and fear.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum - Severe Morning Sickness
What you need to know about severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, known as hyperemesis gravidarum or severe morning sickness.

10 Surprises After a Cesarean Birth
A look at a few of the surprises mothers experience after a cesarean.

Is Sunbathing While Pregnant Okay?
Sunbathing in Pregnancy: Not as safe as you might think.

Swaddle Blankets and Products for Your Baby
Swaddle blankets and wraps are really popular both as baby shower presents and as survival purchase for the first months of baby's life.

How Your Partner Can Catch Your Baby
Lots of dads and partners are helping during the delivery of their babies. Have you considered it? Here's the scoop on the hows and whys.

How to Treat a Cold or Flu in Pregnancy
Colds and the like happen when you're pregnant. So if you find yourself sniffling and sneezing in pregnancy look no further for some comforting advice.

Things to do in Early Labor
How you spend your time in early labor will really help set the tone of your birth experience. Find out some easy ways to enjoy early labor.

Submit Photos for the About Pregnancy & Childbirth Site
Are you looking to submit your photos to the pregnancy and childbirth site? Here are the instructions on submitting your photos.

Subchorionic Hemorrhage in Pregnancy
What is a Subchorionic Hemorrhage? What are its symptoms, what does it mean, and how do you know if you're having one?

Stress Does Affect Your Baby in Pregnancy
Stress is a fact of life, but how does stress effect your pregnancy?

Stretch Marks and Pregnancy
How do you get stretch marks? Does pregnancy always mean stretch marks?

6 Stupid Things People Say About Natural Childbirth
If you've decided against an epidural for your labor, be prepared for the onslaught of stupid comments and birth horror stories.

Stylish Breast Pump Bags
Breast pumps bags are ways to carry your breast pump in a functional but stylish manner. This can help you hide all of the pump parts.

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Pregnancy Stretch Marks Photo Gallery
Stretch marks! Words that strike fear in the heart of every pregnant woman. Come see how they vary from belly to belly. See big stretch marks and small ones.

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5 Strange Pregnancy Symptoms
You probably expected certain bodily changes in pregnancy but have questions like is burping a sign of pregnancy?

How to Push Your Baby Out with an Epidural
Having epidural anesthesia for your labor can change how you push your baby out and increase your risk of complications. There are other options.

How to Protect Your Baby From Group B Strep (GBS)
What is Group B Strep (GBS), how might it affect your baby, and how can you ensure that your newborn is protected both before and after his birth?

10 Steps to Natural Childbirth
Planning a natural childbirth is much more involved than it should be, but here are 10 great tips to get you started.

10 Steps of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
Hospitals have a lot of influence over everything mothers do. Here are the steps that can drastically improve a mother's chances of reaching her breastfeeding goals.

How to Make Baby Shower Decorations
Are you looking for an economical and fun way to make baby shower decorations for your party?

Make a Rice Sock for Pain Relief
A rice sock can be used to help relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, ease the tension of a headache or a sore muscle, and even help with baby after birth.

Stork Parking and Special Parking for Pregnant Women
Should expectant and new mothers be given preferential parking spots? Look at the controversies surrounding this seemingly innocuous idea.

6 Steps to a Healthy Birth
A look at six simple steps to a healthier birth for baby and mom.

Benefits and Advantages of Squatting for Birth
Squatting may reduce the length and difficulty of labor. Learn how squatting birth works.

Should I Worry About a Spinal Headache from an Epidural
Spinal headache is one of the risks of spinal or epidural anesthesia.

How to Get Pregnant with a Girl
Here are some of the old wives tales and newer technologic advances that can help you get pregnant with the baby girl of your dreams.

Supplies for Making a Belly Cast
A belly cast is a great way to create a lasting pregnancy memory. Here are the supplies you'll need.

Cutting Strips for a Belly Cast
Cutting the strips in preparation will make your belly cast easier to do as you begin.

Preparing the Belly Before a Belly Cast
Preparing the belly is important in making a belly cast.

Placing the First Belly Cast Strips
The first strips in a belly cast serve as a foundation.

Cover the Belly with Plaster Strips
Be sure to cover the entire area with enough plaster to ensure a strong belly cast.

Belly Casting the Upper Body and Breasts
You can belly cast the breasts and upper body as well. This can give a very sculptured look.

Finishing Your Belly Cast
Finishing up your belly cast is fairly simple and you can make it as plain or decorative as you would like.

How to Listen to Baby's Heart Beat in Pregnancy - Fetoscope
Hearing your baby's heart beat for the first time is an amazing feeling. Here are the different ways that your midwife or doctor might listen to your baby's heart beat in your prenatal care visits. Page 3.

How to Listen to Baby's Heart Beat in Pregnancy
Hearing your baby's heart beat for the first time is an amazing feeling. Here are the different ways that your midwife or doctor might listen to your baby's heart beat in your prenatal care visits. Page 4.

Listen to Baby's Heart Beat in Pregnancy - Fetal Monitor
Hearing your baby's heart beat for the first time is an amazing feeling. Here are the different ways that your midwife or doctor might listen to your baby's heart beat in your prenatal care visits.

How to Get Your Free Breast Pump
Provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, provide many moms with a free breast pump. Do you know how to claim yours?

How To Cut an Umbilical Cord
A simple how to on pregnancy, and cord cutting of the newborn including what it feels like, who does it, and delayed cord clamping.

How to Choose the Right Baby Name
Choosing the right name for your baby is a big deal. Here are some things to consider when trying to make this very big decision.

How to Become a Childbirth Educator
Interested in finding out how to become a childbirth educator? Here, learn what questions to ask yourself and where to get certified once you decide.

How to Avoid an Induction of Labor in Pregnancy
Induction of labor is common with Pitocin and breaking of your water. Real moms tell you how to avoid induction of labor for non-medical reasons.

Postpartum Sitz Bath
After giving birth, you may find that a special bath called a sitz bath feels really great to your perineum to heal sore tissues. It is also a quick and easy way to keep your perineal area clean.

How People React to Hearing Baby's Heartbeat
Hearing the heartbeat of your baby can make the pregnancy seem very real. Here are some of the many reactions that people have when hearing the heartbeat for the first time.

Latching Your Baby On
A simple step by step guide to breastfeeding your baby. From starting a feeding, to getting a good latch and finishing your feeding...

A Guide on How to Breastfeed Your Baby
A simple step by step guide to breastfeeding your baby. From starting a feeding, to getting a good latch and finishing your feeding...

Choosing a Breastfeeding Position
A simple step by step guide to breastfeeding your baby. From starting a feeding, to getting a good latch and finishing your feeding...

Supporting the Baby While Nursing
A simple step by step guide to breastfeeding your baby. From starting a feeding, to getting a good latch and finishing your feeding...

Baby Placement at the Breast
A simple step by step guide to breastfeeding your baby. From starting a feeding, to getting a good latch and finishing your feeding...

What to Look and Listen for While Baby is Nursing
A simple step by step guide to breastfeeding your baby. From starting a feeding, to getting a good latch and finishing your feeding...

Finishing a Feeding
A simple step by step guide to breastfeeding your baby. From starting a feeding, to getting a good latch and finishing your feeding...

How Newborn Reflexes Help Babies Survive
A look at the amazing reflexes that help your newborn survive, from the rooting reflex (which enabled them to eat) to the swimming reflex (which keeps them safe in water).

Signs of Premature Labor
Premature labor can lead a lot of problems for you and your baby. Knowing the signs and symptoms can help you prevent preterm labor.

8 Signs of Postpartum Anxiety
New mothers may experience postpartum anxiety and not even know it. Here are some of the common signs of postpartum anxiety and what to do to get help.

How Many People Can You Have in the Delivery Room?
If you are trying to decide who you are going to invite to your birth, you might first want to check with your hospital or birth center to see how many people are allowed in the delivery room.

SIDS: A Personal Story
We still do not know for sure what causes SIDS, or how to prevent it, but we do know risk factors, and some of them can be changed.

How long does it take to get pregnant?
How long does it take the average couple to conceive? The answer might surprise you.

Proper Child Spacing - How long between pregnancies?
We like to plan everything - even our children. Do we really have control over how far apart our kids are?

5 Signs You Have Good Breastfeeding Class
Taking a breastfeeding class before you have your baby is a great idea! There are so many things to learn, the problem is that not every class is created equally. So how do you know if you have a good breastfeeding class or a bad one?

How Is Pitocin Used to Induce Labor?
Pitocin is a medication that is often used to induce labor or to boost a labor that has slowed down. What do you need to know about Pitocin before giving birth?

Breaking Water to Induce Labor?
How is breaking the water (amniotomy) induce labor?

Is It Acceptable To Eat or Drink During Labor?
In many hospitals, eating and/or drinking during labor are not allowed. But recent research shows that eating and drinking during labor can have many positive benefits.

How Do You Use Basal Body Temperature to Get Pregnant?
Interested in using your body's natural signals to help you pinpoint ovulation? The Basal Body Temperature Method might help you get pregnant more quickly.

How do you confirm a miscarriage?
You've got a few signs of miscarriage, but you're really not sure what's going on. What will your doctor or midwife do to figure out the fate of your pregnancy?

How do you choose a last name for your baby?
Choosing your baby's last name can be complicated for come families. Here is some advice on which last name is best for your baby.

How Do I Know My Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk?
New moms often want to know if their baby is getting enough breast milk in the early days. There are some simple ways to tell if your baby is getting enough to eat!

Sex to Induce Labor?
Okay, so for years we've been told that having sex at the end of pregnancy will help us bring on labor. It's a sure fire way to induce labor. I can't tell you

Not Agreeing on Finding Out the Sex of Your Baby
So, the big ultrasound is coming up and you've been anxiously awaiting this moment to find out if you're having a girl or a boy. Your spouse throws you for a loop by announcing that they don't want to know! Where do you go from here?

Things to do to Keep Kids Busy During a Birth
Ever wonder how you're going to entertain your older child while they wait for their sibling? Here is a hospital bag to pack for them or ways to entertain them where ever they are while their new baby is being born...

Seeding the Cesarean Born Baby
A look at how seeding of the cesarean born infant's microbiome might help prevent future high risk illnesses.

What's the Deal with Baby Shower Hostess Gifts?
Are you required to give a hostess gift after a baby shower? What makes a good hostess gift?

Second Baby Shower - Do All Babies Deserve a Baby Shower?
Are baby showers for second babies appropriate? Have a look at some of the reasoning for the pros and cons.

It's a girl born in water!
Mom is able to find out the sex of her baby after the water birth.

Settling in with Baby After Water Birth
Getting settled in after giving birth is the same after a water birth.

Leaving the Water Birth Tub
Eventually mom and baby leave the tub and move to the bed or someplace to sit.

Relaxing with Mom in the Water Birth Tub
Often mom and baby will hang out and bond a bit in the water birth tub before getting out.

See a Water Birth
These water birth pictures show a natural childbirth at home in the water.

Pushing the Baby Out at a Water Birth
Pushing in water isn't any more difficult in a water birth. In fact, it helps you get in more positions.

Mom Brings Baby Out of the Water at Birth
This mom lifts her baby out of the water as it's born.

Hot Pinterest Pins
Pinterest is a rapidly growing medium for fun and education. Here are some pins that were popular in May 2015 in terms of pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting.

Home Birth Supply List
If you are planning a home birth you will need a few supplies. Here is a sample parents supply list for a home birth.

Saline Lock or Heparin Lock for IV Pain Medications
The saline lock is an IV place holder for medical procedures.

Well Baby Care
Most pediatricians will see your baby for well visits or well baby checks. These help ease your mind and follow your baby's growth and development to quickly spot issues that need addressing.

How Common Is Hidden or Denied Pregnancy?
How often is it that a mother goes into labor not knowing that she is pregnant? It happens more frequently than you might think.

5 Rules for Postpartum Help
Having help when you have a new baby is such a gift, except when it's not. Here are five rules your postpartum helpers should know about before hand to make it a great experience for all of you.

Rubella in Pregnancy - German Measles
Rubella can have a negative effect on your pregnancy, learn what it is and how to avoid it.

Round Ligament Pain in Pregnancy
Round ligament pain is very common in pregnancy but it can be quite painful.

7 Rules of a Vegetarian Pregnancy
It is safe to be a pregnant vegetarian, you just have to follow a few rules.

4 Rules of Safe Babywearing
Babywearing is a great way to keep your baby calm and close, but do you know the safety rules?

Rh Factor in Pregnancy
The Rh factor in your blood type can cause harm to your baby. What do you need to know to prevent problems?

What does repeated miscarriage mean?
A look at repeated miscarriage, including chances for future pregnancies, causes and treatments.

Kegels - Exercising your Pelvic Floor to Prevent Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can happen in pregnancy and just after, even if you had a cesarean birth. By learning to do the kegel or pelvic floor exercises you can avoid or shorten the amount of time that you have a problem with incontinence.

hCG Levels in Pregnancy
hCG is found in the blood and urine of pregnant women and it is what is looked for with a pregnancy test. But what should your hCG levels be in pregnancy?

Having a Baby After a Miscarriage
The decision to become pregnant again after a pregnancy loss is a difficult one. Subsequent pregnancies can bring about a whole new set of emotions. Here are some things to keep in mind when making this decision.

Recovering from a Cesarean - Healing After a C-section
Healing after a cesarean section is a bit more difficult than you may have expected. Here are some ways to help you focus on your baby and heal all at the same time.

5 Reasons Women Want a Natural Childbirth
Ever wondered what natural childbirth really is or why someone would choose it?

Reasons You Might Need a Biophysical Profile (BPP)
A Biophysical Profile (BPP) might be used in your pregnancy to assess how well your baby is doing and what treatment should take place, if any.

7 Reasons You Can't Have an Epidural
Epidurals are the most popular form of medicinal pain relief in labor and birth. But there might be reasons why you can't have an epidural. Find out what you need to know before labor.

6 Reasons Why the 1st Trimester of Pregnancy Sucks
Early pregnancy sucks for a variety of reasons. Here are a few of my thoughts on why the first trimester can suck it.

Five Reasons to Have a Water Birth
Water birth has grown in popularity, but what are the benefits of water birth for a laboring mom?

5 Reasons to Complete Your Baby Registry Early
If you are planning on having a baby shower, you will probably register for gifts. The question becomes - when should you do your baby registry?

Guide to Pregnancy Photo Galleries (Listing)
Whether you're looking to see pregnancy pictures, ultrasounds or photos of newborn babies, there is a gallery of pictures just for you. Here is your handy guide to being able to view these photos quickly and easily.

Five Reasons Dads Should Demand a Doula
Dads are an important part of the birthing process. But here's how a doula can help dads let go and be a more positive part of the birth.

Natural Childbirth Preparation, Techniques & Pain Relief
If you are thinking about having a natural childbirth or delaying an epidural until later in labor, you'll need to know how to cope with labor. Here are many ways to help you reduce the pain of labor and childbirth.

5 Reasons Your Ultrasound Is Not Good Enough
Ultrasound is a simple procedure for the patient but requires a skilled technician for accurate results. Learn what can go wrong with your ultrasound.

7 Reasons You Shouldn't Exercise After Having a Baby
Are you ready to exercise after having a baby? Here are some reasons that exercise should be avoided.

9 Reasons Women Want an Epidural
A look at common reasons why women choose epidural anesthesia.

Questions to Ask About Changing Your Due Date
Sometimes your doctor or midwife decides to change your due date in pregnancy. Here's what you need to know before you agree to the change of due date.

Quick Tips for Losing Postpartum Weight
Losing that pregnancy weight can be really difficult. Here are some really quick and easy tips to preventing the pounds from staying on in your postpartum weight loss attempts.

Questions About Your Pregnant Belly
Got questions about your pregnant belly? When will I show? What's that dark line down the middle of my belly button? What about stretch marks?

Glucose Tolerance Testing (GTT) in Pregnancy
The glucose tolerance test (GTT) is used to detect gestational diabetes. Many women will take the test routinely in pregnancy.

Getting Your Children Ready for a New Baby
Expecting a new baby? You may wonder what you need to do to get your older kids ready for a new baby. Here are some tips to getting ready.

Getting to the Hospital Too Soon
One of the worst things you can do is get to the hospital TOO soon. Yes, that's a real thing and here's why…

Problems with Insurance and Breastfeeding Benefits
Many mothers have issues with breastfeeding and breast pump benefits with their insurance companies. Here are some of the things that you can do to help grease the wheels and get a hopefully speedier solution.

Gender Neutral Names for Baby
Baby names are hard enough, but some names that you think are boy names, suddenly become girl names and vice versa! How to tell the difference?

Fun Ways to Find out the Sex of Your Baby
Are you wondering how soon you can find out if you're pregnant with a boy or girl? Here are various ways to find out based on your week in pregnancy.

Preterm Labor and Birth and Corticosteroids
Learn why preemies don't need multiple doses of steroids for lung development and why they have a higher mortality rate in the first year.

Pregnancy Without Sexual Intercourse
Avoiding sexual intercourse won't necessarily protect you from pregnancy if sperm still makes its way into your vagina. Here's how you should practice safe sex.

Pregnant with No Pregnancy Symptoms
Are you pregnant but don't have any of the normal pregnancy symptoms? Does it mean you are having a miscarriage if you have no pregnancy symptoms?

Frequent Urination in Pregnancy
Frequent urination can be a sign of early pregnancy. This symptom can start in early pregnancy and continue through the third trimester.

Pregnancy Week 38
At week 38 you're getting closer to being ready for labor. Here's what is up with your body and baby.

Prenatal Testing Basics - Blood Work in Pregnancy
Blood work can be done to detect a number of issues with mom or baby. Prenatal testing can be scary if you don't know what's going on. Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

Prenatal Visits in the Second Trimester
How often should you see your doctor or midwife for appointments in the second trimester of pregnancy?

Pregnancy Week 1
While you're not technically pregnant yet, here's what you need to know about this week before it's too late.

Pregnancy Calendar: Week 12, End of the First Trimester
Here at the end of the first trimester you tend to start feeling better. Your baby has grown so much in just a few weeks.

Pregnancy Calendar - Week 15
In week 15 of pregnancy, you're getting more comfortable into the second trimester. You may also have the beginnings of a belly.

Pregnancy Week 18 - Mother and Baby
The second trimester is usually a pretty great trimester. That said, sometimes you can still have some minor annoyances. Gues what you and baby are busy doing this week?

Pregnancy Week 21
Did you find out the sex of your baby or are you waiting? No matter what you decide, your baby is getting bigger and so are you.

Your Pregnancy Going Past Your Due Date—What Now?
What Happens Now That Your Pregnancy Is Going Past Your Due Date? Learn about the common monitoring methods and the possible risks associated with it.

Free Pregnancy Books on Kindle
Looking for some free books on pregnancy to read on your Kindle?

Can pregnancy symptoms come and go?
Is it possible for pregnancy symptoms to come and go? Or does that mean that there is something wrong?

Pregnancy Sleep Tips
Pregnancy sleep tips to help you get more rest during pregnancy and cope with insomnia.

Prevent or Treat Hemorrhoids During or After Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids are a common problem for pregnant and postpartum women, but there are ways to prevent them or reduce discomfort.

How to Manage Celiac Disease and Pregnancy
Can you have a healthy pregnancy with celiac disease?

5 Tips for Breastfeeding After a C-Section
While breastfeeding after a c-section is possible, there can be more challenges. Here are some tips to manage them.

Fashionable Nursing Clothes
Interested in what makes for fashionable nursing clothes? Here's what to wear after you have a baby.

36 Weeks Pregnant - Ultrasound Gallery - Third Trimester
In the 36th week of pregnancy most ultrasounds are done as a part of a non-stress test or as a part of an exam to check the position of the baby.

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35 Weeks Pregnant - Ultrasound Gallery - Third Trimester
Week 35 of pregnancy and ultrasounds done now check for baby's position, head down or breech. It may also be used to check for fetal growth, though it's not great at guessing your baby's weight.

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Pregnancy Stickers for Maternity Photo Shoots
Belly stickers are a great way to mark various milestones in your pregnancy photos. You can use these in your maternity photo shoots or every day photography.

Pregnancy Planners and Organizers
A pregnancy journal or organizer gives you space to record the memories of pregnancy. This can be through photos or journaling, often a combination of both. These books will help you organize your thoughts, medical notes, and more for reference in a future pregnancy or nostalgia.

Pregnancy and Accutane
A look at accutane birth defects and pregnancy after accutane or isotretinoin.

Pregnancy After Miscarriage — How Long Should You Wait?
Many couples spend a lot of time wondering how long to wait after miscarriage to try again — Read more to learn when to actually give it another go.

Pregnancy Skin Products for Stretch Marks and Dry Skin
There are plenty of products out there that are available for pregnancy skin care, including to try to help relieve itching and hopefully reduce stretch marks.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Postpartum Hemorrhage
Postpartum hemorrhage is severe bleeding after giving birth. Learn what you can do to lower your risk, and what you should know if it happens to you.

4 Types of Postpartum Pain and How To Get Relief
With so much focus on labor pain, the pain afterwards is rarely discussed. Learn what you can do to make yourself more comfortable after giving birth.

Postpartum Warning Signs
Here are the signs that say you need to call your doctor or midwife if you see these postpartum.

Postpartum Abdominal Binders
Some say that binding your abdomen postpartum is a great way to help you get back in shape and feel better faster. Here are some of the more common postpartum abdominal binders.

Pregnancy Announcement Ideas and Considerations
Announcing your pregnancy should be special, but there are a few things to keep in mind before learning cute announcement stories from other parents.

What Is Placenta Previa?
Placenta previa may be a diagnosis you receive during your pregnancy. Is it dangerous? How is it diagnosed? How will your doctor approach this issue if it arises?

Placenta Eating (Placentophagy) - Pregnancy
Eating the placenta is known as placentophagy. Learn the possible benefits of eating, the medicinal use of, and ways to cook the placenta.

Labor Positions: Sitting in a Chair Backwards
Labor is all about movement. The more positions you use in labor, the better you are able to help labor be faster and more comfortable. Here are some of the best positions for labor.

Labor Positions: Semi-Sitting
Semi-Sitting in labor can be a great position, even useful when you have an epidural.

Positions for Labor - Walking
Labor is all about movement, like walking. The more labor positions you use, the better you are able to help labor be faster and more comfortable. Here are some of the best labor positions.

Labor Positions: Sitting
Sitting is a way to combine gravity with rest in labor.

Labor Positions: Tailor Sitting
Tailor sitting provides a good stretch for labor but is also comfortable.

Labor Positions: Side Lying
Side Lying is a great position to help ease labor, particularly when pushing.

Labor Positions: Squatting
Squatting can help open up your pelvis in labor.

Labor Positions: Hands and Knees
Hands and Knees is a great labor position, particularly if you're having back pain. You can use this during labor or in pushing.

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Pregnant Belly Gallery - Photos of Pregnancy
Here are pregnant bellies in photos from all three trimesters. Check out the pictures of pregnant bellies to see how your belly compares!

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Should you avoid peanut butter while pregnant?
Does consuming peanut butter in pregnancy increase the likelihood that your baby will develop a peanut allergy?

Ovulation Primer
Answers to common questions like when do you ovulate, how to get pregnant and more!

Overuse of Galactogogues - Why It's a Problem
Many new moms are worried about having a good milk supply, so they rush to try certain herbs or medications called galactogoues. Here's why that might not be the right first step.

Oliver's Birth - Personal Stories from Mothers
Sometimes labor gets hard, Helene decides she wants drugs. Page 2.

Oliver's Birth
Finally - Oliver is born and she feels great! Page 3.

Mixing Formula (Powdered)
Preparing powdered infant formula sounds fairly easy, but there are still a few things you need to know to keep your baby safe.

Biophysical Profile (BPP) in Late Pregnancy
The biophysical profile is used to help determine how well your baby is doing at the end of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Calendar - Week 13 - What to Expect
The second trimester is a great thing, particularly if you had a rough first trimester. Week 13 brings a lot of relief for moms in many ways.

50 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
50 things you can do to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Your Six Week Postpartum Check Up
Your six week check up is the conclusion of your prenatal care, but what really happens when you visit the doctor or midwife?

Fingerprint Pregnancy Scanner Lite 1.0 Review
This is a prank app designed to tell you if you are pregnant or not by analyzing your fingerprint and voice.

Prenatal Testing Basics - Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is used to test for genetic abnormalities. Prenatal testing can be scary if you don't know what's going on. Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

Top Baby Names for Twins
The top 100 twin set names for babies. Naming your baby twins? We have the popular baby names for twins in 2010.

7 Tips for Starting Out Right with Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding; Starting Out Right, including tips for the first feeding latching on and problems that may arise.

Breastfeeding: Starting Out Right
How to get breastfeeding off to a great start. Page 2.

Questions about Home Birth
Here are the answers to some of the common questions about home birth, like isn't it messy and what happens to the placenta...

4 Stages of Labor
A look at the stages of labor from the first contractions to holding your new baby. Learn what to expect and what your body will be telling you.

The Normal Progression of Labor
There are three stages of labor used to help you figure out where you are on your journey to giving birth.

Squatty Potty Review
Squatting in labor can help you bring your baby down quickly and the Squatty Potty can be extra helpful.

10 Reasons to Choose VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
Some quick ideas why a vaginal birth after previous cesarean (VBAC) might be right for you and your baby.

Reasons you're done having babies!
So you think you're done having babies? What reasons are you considering when you make this decision?

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Word Games for Baby Showers
Check out our list of the best word games for use in a baby shower.

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Baby Shower Games for the Best Baby Shower
Looking for a great baby shower game to really make your baby shower fun? Try some of these baby shower games on for size!

Smoking and Pregnancy - Common Questions & Risk Factors
The effects of smoking on pregnancy, breastfeeding and beyond.

Pregnancy Stress Test
A Stress Test is done to determine how well your baby will handle contractions. It can be done at the end of pregnancy or early in labor.

What Happens After an Epidural in Labor
Ever wonder what happens after an epidural, particularly in terms of postpartum pain relief?

What does it mean when your baby drops?
Lightning is a sign of labor and has to do with your baby's position.

Labor Positions with a Partner
Here are some great labor positions with your partner helping support you as you contract.

Labor Positioning with a Partner
Having someone help you with positioning for labor and birth is of great benefit. Not only is there someone else to remember which position works well with what situation, but there is also the physical comfort of having someone touching you.

Labor Positioning with a Partner
Having someone help you with positioning for labor and birth is of great benefit. Not only is there someone else to remember which position works well with what situation, but there is also the physical comfort of having someone touching you.

Labor Positioning with a Partner
Having someone help you with positioning for labor and birth is of great benefit. Not only is there someone else to remember which position works well with what situation, but there is also the physical comfort of having someone touching you.

Is your doctor natural childbirth friendly?
Natural childbirth is a personal option and one that requires some support from from your doctor or midwife. But how do you know if your practitioner is supportive of your plans or simply tolerating them?

Ways to Tell If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk
Is my baby getting enough milk while breastfeeding? Learn the signs and symptoms of a well fed baby. Also, look for signs that may reflect the opposite.

5 Pregnancy Myths That Won't Die
Olds wives tales abound in pregnancy, how can you tell fact from fiction when it comes to stories like about topics like bathing, protecting your baby and peeing on drano?

Oliver's Birth: 39 Weeks 4 Days
This mom chose and epidural for her birth and was amazed.

Pregnancy After Stopping Depo Provera Shots
How long has it been since you've had Depo? That will be the key in how likely you are to be pregnant.

Preggie Pops
A look at Preggie Pops and Drops and how they can help you with morning sickness or motion sickness.

Pregnant Women Need More Exercise
Studies show that pregnant women are not getting enough exercise to maintain good health in pregnancy. Learn what the requirements are for a healthy lifestyle in pregnancy.

Pregnancy Instruction Manual
The Pregnancy Instruction Manual is a very brief book on pregnancy and birth, it can be a great gift for a dad-to-be or grandparent who wants the basics.

Postpartum Maternity Hospital Gowns
You're packing your labor bag and you realize - you need something for your postpartum stay. What are you going to choose and what do you need to plan for...

Timing Is Everything in Treating Stretch Marks
When trying to decide how to get rid of stretch marks, don't wait too long - timing is everything.

Creams and Lotions for Stretch Marks After Pregnancy
After pregnancy you have more options for helping to minimize and get rid of stretch marks with retinol creams and lotions.

Other Creams & Lotions for Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Other than retinol creams, there are other lotions and creams that might be helpful to get rid of stretch marks.

Preventing Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
A look at preventing stretch marks in pregnancy and what can really be done to help you.

Is It Normal to Have Dreams of Cheating in Pregnancy?
A reader asks if it's normal to have dreams about cheating while pregnant. Read the short answer and see what others have to say.

Intrauterine Pressure Catheter
What is a Intrauterine Pressure Catheter (IUPC) and why is it used in labor?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Genital Warts, and Pregnancy
A fact sheet on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Genital Warts, including how these sexually transmitted Diseases (STDs) effect your pregnancy.

6 Ways to Turn a Breech Baby
About 3% of babies are still heads up at the end of pregnancy. Here's what to do rather than panic about it - you do have options!

Inexpensive Birthing Tools
Looking for some great tools to help make your labor more comfortable? Here are some hints on making your own comfort tools without breaking the bank.

How to Use Heat for Comfort in Labor
A look at how to use heat to stay comfortable in labor.

How to Tell Your Parents You're Pregnant
Being a pregnant teen can be very hard and one of the hardest things that you may face in the beginning of your pregnancy is talking to your parents. So how do you tell your parents you're pregnant?

How to Deal with Pregnancy Forgetfulness
Why you drop your keys and are forgetful during pregnancy and where your pregnancy forgetfulness comes from!

How Many Cesareans Are Safe to Have?
As the cesarean rates rise and the vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates fall, there are more woman having multiple cesareans. Just what are the risks involved with cesarean the second or more time around?

How to Get Pregnant Using the Conception Kit
The Conception Kit is used to help people get pregnant. It is a three month supply of the items used to pinpoint ovulation and assist in conception.

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Using Different Positions Helps Labor Pain
A look at how one mother used a variety of positions in her hospital labor and birth from arriving at the hospital to the birth of her baby.

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Prenatal Testing Basics
Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

Prenatal Testing Basics - Amniocentesis (Amnio)
Amniocentesis is used to screen for genetic disorders in your baby. Prenatal testing can be scary if you don't know what's going on. Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

Prenatal Testing Basics - Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) Screening
AFP, triple or quad screening can help screen for genetic problems with your baby, particularly neural tube defects. Prenatal testing can be scary if you don't know what's going on. Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

Prenatal Testing Basics - Stress/Non-Stress Testing
Stress and non-stress testing are used to determine fetal well being late in pregnancy. Prenatal testing can be scary if you don't know what's going on. Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

Prenatal Testing Basics - Cordocentesis/Percutaneous Umbilical Cord Blood Sampling (PUBS)
Percutaneous umbilical cord sampling (PUBS) can be used to detect blood disorders in baby, including infection. Prenatal testing can be scary if you don't know what's going on. Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

Prenatal Testing Basics - Urine Screening in Pregnancy
Urine screening is done at almost every prenatal visit, find out why. Prenatal testing can be scary if you don't know what's going on. Here's a primer on prenatal testing from ultrasounds to amniocentesis and beyond.

6 Unexpected Places to Find Stretch Marks | Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
So, you know that stretch marks are a possibility in pregnancy. But here are some places that might shock you!

6 Unexpected Places to Find Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
So, you know that stretch marks are a possibility in pregnancy. But here are some places that might shock you! Yes, you can get stretch marks on the sides!

Your Breasts Can Have Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
So, you know that stretch marks are a possibility in pregnancy. But here are some places that might shock you!

6 Unexpected Places to Find Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
So, you know that stretch marks are a possibility in pregnancy. But here are some places that might shock you!

6 Unexpected Places to Find Stretch Marks | Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
So, you know that stretch marks are a possibility in pregnancy. But here are some places that might shock you!

6 Unexpected Places to Find Stretch Marks | Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
So, you know that stretch marks are a possibility in pregnancy. But here are some places that might shock you!

6 Unexpected Places to Find Stretch Marks | Stretch Marks in Pregnancy
So, you know that stretch marks are a possibility in pregnancy. But here are some places that might shock you!

10 Creative Ways to Announce a Pregnancy
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Pregnancy Announcement Collections #1
Sharing the great news of your pregnancy should be fun and exciting for everyone involved. Here are some ideas on how to share your good news with your husband, family friends, grandparents and even co-workers.

Best Pads for Postpartum Bleeding
The products that you use after you give birth to your baby will make a huge difference in how comfortable you are when living your postpartum life.

How to Swaddle a Baby Step Five
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

How to Swaddle a Baby Step Two
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

How to Swaddle a Baby - Step Three
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

How to Swaddle a Baby - Step Four
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

How to Swaddle a Baby Step Five
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

How to Choose a Swaddling Blanket
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

How to Swaddle a Baby Step One
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for swaddling and here they are step by step.

Three Types of Car Seats for Baby (With Photos)
There are lots of different types of car seats available. But which one is the best bet for your baby? Is one safer? Does one last longer? Figure out which works best for your family.

4 Types of Car Seats for Baby
There are lots of different types of car seats available. But which one is the best bet for your baby? Is one safer? Does one last longer? Figure out which works best for your family.

4 Types of Car Seats for Baby
There are lots of different types of car seats available. But which one is the best bet for your baby? Is one safer? Does one last longer? Figure out which works best for your family.

10 Terrific Twin Boy Name Combinations
Having two boys? Here's a list of names to help you jump start your search for the perfect boy-boy twin combination.

Listen to Baby's Heart Beat in Pregnancy
Hearing your baby's heart beat for the first time is an amazing feeling. Here are the different ways that your midwife or doctor might listen to your baby's heart beat in your prenatal care visits.

Listen to Baby's Heart Beat in Pregnancy - Stethoscope
Hearing your baby's heart beat for the first time is an amazing feeling. Here are the different ways that your midwife or doctor might listen to your baby's heart beat in your prenatal care visits.

Top Multiple Pregnancy Books
Here are some of the best books out there for parents of twins and other multiples.

Top Diaper Pails
Looking for a way to rid yourself of dirty diapers and their lingering odor? Read about the latest in diaper pail technology.

Best Places for Newborns to Sleep
Are you trying to decide between a bassinet, portacrib or co-sleeper? Here's the scoop on baby sleeping arrangements from a crib on down.

Books on Pregnancy Loss, Miscarriage, Ectopic, Stillbirth
Pregnancy losses, like miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, can effect about 1 in 5 couples. Here are some resources to help you understand the facts and emotions behind the loss.

Pregnancy With a Missed My Period and Negative Test Result
Information on missed periods and pregnancy test accuracy.

Makeup, Skin Care and Pregnancy
Finding out how to stay glam during the long months of pregnancy as your skin changes.

Tips and Tricks for Early Pregnancy Clothes Issues
Tired of trying to figure out what to do about ill fitting clothes in the first trimester of pregnancy?

Things to Have at Home for the Postpartum Period
Everyone is quick to give you a list of things that you need for your baby, but what do you need to have at home for your most comfortable postpartum period? Here are some helpful hints.

What to Expect from a Baby Diaper
Wondering what your new baby's diapers mean? From meconium and transitional stool forward, here's a quick guide to the poop.

New Baby Diaper Chart Day One Meconium
All new parents seem to want to talk about is the diapers of their new baby. Here you can see what a normal newborn baby's diapers look like from meconium to regular stools. Includes both breast and formula fed babies.

New Baby Diaper Chart - Transitional Stool - Stage One
All new parents seem to want to talk about is the diapers of their new baby. Here you can see what a normal newborn baby's diapers look like from meconium to regular stools. Includes both breast and formula fed babies.

New Baby Diaper Chart - Transitional Stool - Stage Two
This stool is less thick than meconium and indicates your baby is eating enough to move stool.

New Baby Diaper Chart Breastfed Stool
Ever heard of baby poopl referred to as mustard?

New Baby Diaper Chart Transitional Stool - Stage Three
Transitional stool is when your baby moves from meconium to regular stools.

Listening to Your Baby's Heartbeat at Home
Do you want to hear your baby's heart beat? Here are the basics of listening to heartbeats at home.

What is HELLP Syndrome in Pregnancy?
HELLP Syndrome is a very serious disease in pregnancy that goes along with, typically, more serious cases of preeclampsia.

The Drano Test in Pregnancy - Fact or Fiction?
The Drano Test has long been touted as a method to determine if your baby is a girl or boy. Is this fact or old wives tale? Test this urban legend.

Having the Same Sex Baby?
Having all boys or all girls can be seen as a problem by some, for others it's the ideal. But have you heard some of the things people say to parents?

Gentian Violet for Thrush in the Breastfed Baby
How to use gentian violet for thrush in a breastfeeding mother and baby.

Gender Preference of Doctor During Pregnancy
Do you have a gender preference in your choice of doctor?

How much weight should a pregnant woman gain?
Frequently asked questions about weight gain and loss during pregnancy, including what to do if you're over- or underweight, and how to lost weight postpartum. Page 2.

Recommended Weight Gain in Pregnancy
Gaining weight in pregnancy really does matter, but do you know what the recommendations are for your weight gain?

g Diapers
G Diapers are the hybrid diaper - the cross between conventional and cloth. The cotton cover is breathable to protect your baby's skin, but the insert is flushable.

Flavored Waters for Pregnancy
Trying to increase your intake of water in pregnancy? Try some flavored water as a way to help you increase your water intake to stay hydrated.

First Response Pregnancy Test Kit
This is a product review of the First Response early pregnancy testing kit. How soon do you need to know you're pregnant?

e.p.t. Pregnancy Test Review
This e.p.t. Pregnancy Test has is known for being accurate. Read our review of this and other pregnancy tests.

Doulas: Professional Labor Support
Find out what professional labor support person or doula is and how she can help you have a shorter, less complicated labor!

Drugs for Labor - Epidural, Demerol, Natural Childbirth
Do you need to have drugs to give birth? What about natural childbirth? What are the option for pain relief in chilbdirth?

Do people touch your pregnant belly?
A pregnant belly. Ever notice how strangers feel compelled to touch the belly of a pregnant woman? Here's advice on how to handle it.

Domestic Violence in Pregnancy (IPV)
Pregnancy is often a time when physical abuse starts, resulting in poorer outcomes for the mother and the baby. Screening for abuse during routine prenatal care and well baby visits is appropriate.

Breastfeeding with Blocked Ducts & Mastitis
Learn about the causes of mastitis and blocked ducts in breastfeeding mothers and what steps can be taken to treat the issue.

Fifth Disease and Pregnancy - Parvovirus 19
A diagnosis of fifth disease during pregnancy can be frightening. Here's what you need to know about the symptoms, treatment and risks to your baby.

Teenage Pregnancy Information: Facts
A teen pregnancy has it's own special challenges. Here are some basic facts and figures.

First Response Digital Pregnancy Test Gold
First Response Digital Pregnancy Test Gold - reviewed for pregnancy tests and pregnancy symptoms to see how well this at home digital pregnancy test works.

Eating While in Labor
Now that restrictions are easing up on eating while in labor, have you given any thought to the best diet for labor?

Consider Hiring a Doula for Your Birth
Wondering how a doula can help you or what the process is like? Here are some moms talking about hiring a doula.

Cramping in Early Pregnancy
Pain in early pregnancy can cause you to worry. When is cramping a problem and when should you call your doctor or midwife?

Dear Pregnant Mom on Your Due Date
A letter to all the pregnant women on their due date - here's what you need to know.

C-Section Prediction and Shoe Size
It has been said that one can predict the need for a c-section based on the shoe size of a woman. Is it true?

Can You Take Medication for Morning Sickness?
If you have really bad morning sickness, you may wonder if you can take medication for morning sickness. There are medication both prescription and over the counter that you can take for morning sickness.

Can I Be Pregnant if I Had My Period the Day After Sex?
Having your period after you have sex - does that mean you're safe from pregnancy?