Labor and Delivery

The Pros and Cons of Home Induction Methods

If you're overdue, can you safely speed things along on your own? Our experts weigh in.

10 Essential Items for Your Hospital Bag

Smart packing is in the bag.

Botched Water Birth Results in Biggest Malpractice Settlement in 10 Years

Most water births are successful, but sadly, this one was not.

Labor Positions to Ease Pain (with Photos)

Try these positions to ease your pain and discomfort during contractions.

Your Step-by-Step Guide to The Stages of Labor

From the first contractions through transition and birth, we get the lowdown on labor stages from Lamaze.

Different Types of Contractions and What They Mean

The lowdown on different types and what they mean.

The Best Places to Give Birth in America

These 8 hospitals, with their cutting-edge amenities, are making celebrities, like Gwyneth Paltrow, and non-celebrity moms alike feel pampered as they push.

6 Labor Tips That Help You Rock Your First Birth

New research shows that confidence is key when it comes to childbirth. Here are the most common labor and delivery fears from moms-to-be--and how you can face them down.

Quiz: Where Should You Really Give Birth--Home, Hospital or Birth Center?

Take this quiz to find the right birth place for you.

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Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Four things that drip, itch, leak, spot and discharge during pregnancy that could signal labor or a problem (but are probably no big deal.)

Three Surprising Tips for an Easier Labor

Healthy habits to practice in your third trimester.

Discharge - Worry And Reassurance

A universal symptom that probably means you're OK

Pregnancy Checklist - What to Do When Pregnant

What you need to do before you give birth, broken down by trimesters and weeks.

7 Tips For Having A Natural Childbirth

How to start working your birth plan during pregnancy.

High Amniotic Fluid During Your Third Trimester

Cause for worry, or not so much? Polyhydramnios (high fluid) is a rare condition, but here's what you need to know about it.

10 Natural Pain Relief Options for Labor

Try these simple, natural pain management techniques as your labor progresses.

Have Hospital Bag, Will Deliver

Every mom needs to have her hospital bag packed and ready for the big day. So, what's in your bag? Think comfort. Think essentials. And think stress-free as possible. Check out our list of must-have products.

C-Section Photo Essay

A Fit Pregnancy editor takes us behind the scenes at the C-section delivery of her twins.

Prenatal Yoga for Real Life After Labor

How breathing may be the only parenting tool you need

When Your Due Date Passes: What Comes Next?

Your due date has come and gone. Here's how passing the 40-week mark can affect your pregnancy and delivery.

The Truth About Labor Pain

Some women breeze through childbirth. Others find it excruciating. Know what to expect and how to find relief.

10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Childbirth and Labor

Reduce your pain and stress during delivery with these tips from the pros.

The Truth About Induction

Think you want to have labor induced? Think again. If it's too early, it might be a bad idea.

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