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Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • HCG Levels in Pregnancy

    If you are planning to get pregnant or are already pregnant, this article on what hCG is and how the hCG levels change during pregnancy would be of great interest to you. What is hCG? hCG is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy.  hCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.  hCG is made by cells which form the placenta.  hCG levels in pregnancy can be detected as early as 11 days after conception through a Continue Reading

  • Childbirth – 5 Ways to Get your Baby into Position for Birth

    Ideally, the best position for the baby to be in is with the head down and the face pointing slightly towards your spine. This is commonly referred to as the anterior position and most babies will get into this position on their own. This orientation is preferred because of the snug fit of the baby in your pelvic area. Once active labor begins, the baby will begin to tuck her head into her chest while Continue Reading

  • Birth and Labor – 8 Positions for Labour

    Once labor begins, it’s not always easy finding a comfortable position. You may want to move around to distract yourself as much as possible from the discomfort. But don’t exert yourself to the point that you will not have enough energy when the delivery process begins. If your labor begins at night, then consider flipping on the TV while reclining to conserve your energy for when the baby is ready to come out. But as Continue Reading

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  • 7 Natural Ways to bring on Labour

    Let’s see, your bag is packed, the nursery is ready and so is everyone around you. You may be expecting a contraction at any time right about now. But… Nothing! Not even a cramp or twinge. You have been waiting 40 weeks – isn’t this thing supposed to have begun already? Maybe your baby needs a gentle reminder that it is time to come out! It might be time to consider some natural methods of Continue Reading

  • Labor and Birth – Choosing a Birth Partner

    It used to be that expectant mothers would have a caring midwife present throughout the labor and delivery process. Unfortunately, now moms-to-be cannot automatically assume that one will be present during what can be an arduous experience. Rising costs of healthcare along with adopting western culture are to blame in part. For this reason, choosing a labor partner becomes important so that he or she can provide the expectant mother both the physical and emotional Continue Reading

  • Child Birth and Labor – Pain relief in Labor

    Even before we were old enough to understand where children came from, we have been no strangers to the knowledge that childbirth involves a tremendous amount of pain. For this reason, most women at one time or the other have wondered how they will survive the pain and shudder at the very idea. There is no question that each woman’s pain tolerance threshold is different. Some women are able to breathe through the contractions however Continue Reading

  • Child Birth – Pros and Cons of Caesarean Birth

    Simply put, a caesarean section involves surgery where the baby is delivered through the mother’s abdomen. In developing nations, nearly a third of the women deliver through C-section for various reasons. Some women elect to have a cesarean section and others are left with no other option due to medical reasons; mostly to minimize the risk to the mother and baby. Just as with any surgical procedure, there are both pros and cons to delivering Continue Reading

  • Child Birth – Pros and Cons of a Natural Child Birth

    Giving birth to a baby without surgical or medical intervention is termed natural childbirth.  Some women choose this path as they feel empowered during the process; their maternal instincts and sheer grit allows them to undergo the discomfort of child birthing sans medical support. A natural childbirth does not mean that the process itself must be carried out in a non-hospital setting.  A woman choosing a natural childbirth can choose the doctor and the hospital, Continue Reading

  • Signs of Labor in Pregnancy

    While some women have definite signs of the onset of labor such as the water breaking or loss of your mucous plug, in reality the beginnings of labor are much more subtle and can begin even weeks before the baby is actually born. If you are like most women and are not sure what labor feels like, this list should help you identify whether labor has begun or not. Lightening If your baby’s head has Continue Reading

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