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The Knife Under the Bed and Other Pregnancy Superstitions

Do pregnancy superstitions give you pause? Credit: Getty Images
If there's one thing a woman loses while pregnant (besides her waistline), it's any sense of control. Will it be a boy or a girl? Will my baby have 10 fingers and 10 toes? Will...

New Study Says Women Can Eat and Drink During Labor

Pregnant women rejoice! You can now say sayonara to those mouth-numbing ice chips and hello to soda, cereal bars and Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream during delivery. A new study says pregnant women with a low risk for...

27 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

Have you felt your baby hiccup? Credit: GE Healthcare
Credit: GE Healthcare As your second trimester comes to an end, start looking into labor and child care classes, consider taking a tour of the hospital (if it's...

38 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

Contact your health care provider if you experience severe swelling in your feet and ankles. Credit: GE Healthcare It's time for final preparations: If you haven't packed your hospital bag yet, do it now. Make sure you have a car seat...

40 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

Time to meet the little one. Credit: GE Healthcare
Welcome, baby! Your little one should make his appearance any day now, and you're likely desperate to meet him! Enjoy every minute.
What's happening to baby: At birth, he'll weigh...

39 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

Take some time to relax before the baby arrives. Credit: GE Healthcare Once your baby arrives, you'll have little time for cooking, so consider freezing a few make-ahead meals, like lasagna and casseroles. Later, you'll be glad you...

Signs of Labor

Knowing the signs of labor can help prepare for delivery. Credit: Getty Images
Knowing the signs of labor can help a pregnant woman feel more comfortable and confident as she approaches her due date. A woman's body begins preparing for delivery...

The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of natural childbirth is a system by which expectant mothers and their partners work together with an instructor to achieve a less painful, less risky and more natural childbirth. Once a week for the twelve weeks leading up to...

Labor - Walking, Sitting, Standing Better Than Bed

When women sit, kneel, or walk during early labor, says a recent research review, they shorten the length of their labor time and are less likely to need an epidural. It's standard practice in developing countries for women to be up and on their...

Same Sex Marriage, Diaper Emergencies, and Messy Bedrooms - Links We Love

We all know the Internet is chock full of helpful advice. One dad even used it to learn how to deliver his own baby when his wife went into labor. Can you imagine his Google search? "Wife in labor ... halp!" -- CafeMom Iowa's Supreme Court upholds...

Where Should Dad Stand During Delivery?

Parenting comes with many, many questions. Most of them occur after the baby is born -- how do you change a diaper on an airplane, which restaurants don't care if you have spit up stains on your shoulder, and so on. But one question occurs on the day...

Woman In Labor Calls Radio Station To Find Husband

Everybody who has ever had a child has a story about the day the kid was born. Some are better than others, of course. But this story might be the best I've heard yet. A very pregnant Kerry Colber of Portland, OR, started having contractions on...

Early Caesareans Risky for Newborns

C-sections, as we've long known, can be risky business. The C, also known as the Caesarean section, is, after all, major surgery, with a longer recovery time than a regular birth. C-sections also can lead to complications like infection and...

Charlotte Church Using Old Wives Tales to Induce Labor

Remember Charlotte Church? I don't really, either, but I think she has one of those fabulous voices and is a large sensation in the UK. Well, Charlotte is ready to give birth to her second child and can't seem to get that baby here fast enough....

Woman Sues Doctor After Painful Childbirth

There are no two ways about it: giving birth is painful. But what if your doctor seems to be doing everything in his power to make it even more so? As crazy as that sounds, that is exactly what former Chicago police officer Catherine Skol says the...

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