Healthy Pregnancy

What to do about Braxton-Hicks Contractions

Like any muscle, your uterus gets stronger with exercise. While pregnant, you will experience uterine exercise known as Braxton-Hicks contractions. These are usually not a problem, as they are mild contractions that do not usually last for very long. They may seem

Birth Challenges

Is your baby posterior?

The most common position for a baby during labor is head down with the back of the head (occiput) facing the front of the mother (anterior). When the back of the head is facing the back of the mother (posterior) the baby’s

Preparation Exercises

Vocalization in Labor

Vocalization in labor (making noise during labor) can be a great tool for releasing tension and stress from your body. But not all noise is equal. Making too high-pitched of a noise, like a scream, screech or a squeal, tightens up your

Preparation Exercises

Progressive Relaxation

This exercise should be performed after you have mastered the tense and release exercise. If you have the ability to relax some muscles at will, you are ready for this exercise. Begin in the most comfortable position that allows your body to

Preparation Exercises

Tense-Relax Exercise for Labor Preparation

Since relaxation holds the key to managing pain in labor, it is important to take the necessary time to learn and master techniques to relax your body, and to keep it relaxed during contractions. Relaxing through pain takes practice. For many people,

Preparation Exercises, Research

Perineal Massage

Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of the perineum (skin between the anus and vagina) during the last few weeks of pregnancy. While this preparation is often cited as reducing perineal damage, research studies disagree on the effectiveness of perineal massage used during