As your estimated time of delivery approaches you may notice the "Braxton Hicks" contractions become more frequent and intense. Contractions seem to follow a continuum from Braxton Hicks to real labor.
The nine months of pregnancy are all about choices. Everything from the best exercise, to the most comfortable shoes to more important things like your prenatal care provider and place to give birth.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) refers to a group of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) that are caused by viruses or bacteria. The first stages begin with vaginal infection.
Wondering if today is the day? What's the difference between dilation and effacement? Braxton-Hicks or the real thing? If you've lost your mucus plug will labor start right away? Learn more about the changes your body makes as it prepares for and begins labor.
If you feel strongly about delivering at one particular hospital, then you will have to select a doctor who is affiliated with that particular institution. The OB/GYN department can provide you with a list of doctors for you to select from.
Four things mark the beginning of transition for me. First, I am done. I really can't do this today. I'm ready to go home and come back another day and finish having this baby. How might transition affect you? Read on and develop your own game plan for this stage.
Your baby is here! You've heard a first cry! The announcement of boy or girl has been made. The first test, the Apgar, has been administered and everything is great, but there's more. What can you expect to happen? How might you feel? Find out!
A woman who feels good about herself will celebrate the changes that her body experiences during pregnancy, look forward to the challenge of giving birth, and willingly accept the physical and emotional changes of the postpartum period.
I am pregnant with my second child. During my first delivery, my midwife insisted that I receive Pitocin about five hours after my water had broken due to my labor not "progressing." I do not want this to happen with this birth.