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10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Childbirth and Labor

It often feels like life is moving faster and faster all the time, but in the delivery room, things are actually slowing down. A National Institutes of Health study found that childbirth for first-time moms now takes 2.6 hours longer than it did 50 years ago. To make that extra time in the delivery room less painful and more joyful, it helps to know how to make the hard work of having a baby more manageable. Starting today, here are 10 things you can do to make your birth experience that much easier.

Cheerful Spring Baby Names

If you have a baby due—or conceived—in the spring months, consider a cheerful baby name inspired by the season.

Blooming Floral Baby Names

The obvious choice for spring is a floral baby name. Daisy, Lily, Rose and Violet are popular flowery baby names, but consider some of these more unusual choices too.

5 Icky Side Effects of Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, there’s plenty to talk about. You’ll want to get the scoop from other parents about how they got their bubs to sleep, you’ll have to discuss decorating the baby’s room, and you’ll likely pepper your doc with more questions than an interrogating detective.

Making Time for Childbirth Classes: A How-to Guide

One of the biggest arguments made for moms or couples who don’t attend childbirth classes is “I/we don’t have time.” And in today’s over-scheduled, over-committed and over-worked life, it’s true that many (often too many) things compete for your time. We know there are reasons why attending childbirth classes is worth your time; now we’re going to talk about how to make that time.

If I Have an OB-GYN, Do I Need a Doula Too?

Having a doula is like having a personal trainer. You’re familiar with the equipment at the gym, but a trainer gives you the support you need to finish your workout. Your OB-GYN is usually there in the active part of labor and, obviously, during the delivery, but a doula will come to your home when labor starts and support you there as long as possible. Studies show that the more time a woman stays at home, the less chance of interventions. 

Can Pregnancy Hormones Make You Clingy?

It’s reader email week and I’ve picked my favorite. I’m not going to name my e-mailer because I think she speaks for a lot of women. Here’s what she wrote:

Baby's Listening Early, So Watch What You Say

Babies are learning earlier than most of us think, The New York Times reports. How much earlier? Before they're even born, researchers say.

Lamaze Breathing: What You Need To Know

Once upon a time, the hallmark of Lamaze childbirth education was “breathing” (hee, hoo, hee, hoo). Over the years, Lamaze has evolved into a comprehensive approach to childbirth, part of which are comfort measures for labor; breathing is one of the suggested comfort measures. So what does it mean to “breathe?” Here’s a little on what you should know:

Breathing in Pregnancy:
A Daily Check-in

4 Questions to Ask Before Baby Comes

A lot of things will change once your baby arrives. You’ll feel zonked. You’ll spend a lot of time thinking about poop. And you’ll learn to dissect the nuances of a cry with the precision of sonar. Another big change: You’ll feel as if you have a meaningful conversation with your partner about once every two years.

Space-Age Baby Names

Star, moon and planet baby names

Nearly a billion stars have names, and what beautiful names they are! Would you give your baby a name like Andromeda, Gemini or Orion?

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