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Why 40 Weeks?

Why are babies born at around 40 weeks of gestation? Experts have long suggested that moms must pop by then, otherwise, the baby’s head would grow too large to traverse the birth canal.

Different Types of Contractions and What They Mean

Because contractions generally signal that labor is starting, they can be viewed as a warning sign, a green light or a cue to ask, “Honey, the crib is set up, right?” But having contractions before you’re due doesn’t necessarily mean that Baby has requested an early checkout from Hotel Utero. Here’s what you need to know about uterine contractions—whenever they occur:

Why Counting Down to Your Due Date is a Bad Idea

I have two friends who are due at the end of August.  Both are first timers, healthy and had fairly easy pregnancies.  There’s been a little nausea here and there and a few aches and pains, but other than that they’ve both been really fortunate to have lovely pregnancies.  

Epidurals and Due Dates

It’s reader-question day. Patricia is six months pregnant with her first baby and has three great ones that a lot of women ask:

Does an epidural slow down labor? Does epidural medication reach the baby? I have a hunch I’m going to delivery early. Why doesn’t my doctor agree?

Due Date Dilemma

From the time that you learn you are pregnant, the countdown to your due date begins. But the seemingly simple question “When are you due?” can really be answered by only one person: Your baby.

Driving With a Due Date

As your baby bump grows and grows with your pregnancy, we're sure this question is going to cross your mind: Should I continue wearing my seat belt. In short: Yes, always!

An estimated 800 fetuses die each year in the United States when their mothers are involved in vehicle accidents, according to federal statistics. That's eight times as many babies and children up to age 4 who are killed in crashes.

Figuring Out Your Due Date

When exactly is this baby due? That’s what Lee-Ann and Jessica want to know. Is it based on your last period, the ultrasound or the date the doctor gives you? If all three are different days, how do you know when to plan for delivery? Good questions, right? I’ll bet there are hundreds of  pregnant women out there right now who thought they had a due date all nailed down. They went in for their first doctor’s appointment and he/she gave them some other date. 

Sitting in limbo

This may be short*, because if I've ever had an excuse not to write a long blog, it would be this week's. I've been on a physical and emotional rollercoaster for the past few days; luckily right now I'm at one of the peaks, but who knows when I'll dip again into the valley.

Here are the facts, as they stand on Sunday night:

Over-done

Okay, you've got me. I GIVE UP. I forfeit all sense of entitlement to know when this baby is coming. I eagerly hand over my women's intuition, sixth sense, and hubristic tendencies to think I know better than anyone else. Like the baby. Apparently the baby knows better than I do, and what he or she knows is that my womb was just awarded the #1 Hot Spot by Zagat's survey of available wombs. It must be incredibly cozy in there. The chef must have trained at the elbow of Alain Ducasse. I feel the baby hiccuping right now--a little bubbly to accompany the amuse bouche?

Induction Decision

In early June of this year, a Northern California mother-to-be faced a fiendish dilemma. Mindful that the Bible's Book of Revelation described 666 as the mark of the devil, she arranged to have her labor induced before June 6, lest her son be doomed to spend a lifetime responding "6-6-06" every time anyone asked him his birth date.

And for those who might roll their eyes and say "only in California," consider this: Earlier in the year, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan asked that her labor be induced to make sure she'd be able to watch the Super Bowl.