Concerns about labor run the gamut from "will my water break in my favorite restaurant" to fears about the intensity of the pain. Read on, and try to stop worrying. As the author points out, generations of women have walked this road before and come through with flying colors.
My wife is about to give birth and, aside from my excitement about the arrival of our third child, I'm thinking about the future of my life in the bedroom. Having been through two other post-partum periods, I'm experienced with my wife's need to physically heal and deal with the demands of infant care and feeding. I'm a veteran of the important process of emotionally recovering from carrying the child and adjusting to the level of unselfishness required of motherhood.
Women often face weight problems after having children.
After you have your baby, it may be a while before you feel motivated to exercise.
Barbara McRae, MCC
The most common issues between
parents and teens arise due to poor communication, power
struggles and a lack of empathy. If you use the same parenting
methods that you did when your...
Freedom of movement can help women cope with discomforts of labor but is it safe?
In addition to all its other benefits, regular exercise
actually helps to prepare the body for the rigors of labor!
Studies have shown that physically fit moms-to-be experience
faster labors and require fewer inductions, forceps deliveries
and cesarean deliveries than their coach potato
When you're pregnant (especially if you're past any morning
sickness), you may feel simply radiant -- especially once you're
visibly pregnant. While it's true that not every woman has the
"glow of pregnancy," hopefully you'll be one of the lucky ones to
experience it. What does it feel like? Like you're healthy and
proud and all is well in the world.
Jane Forester, D.O.
If your body (and baby) is ready,
what can you do to help move the process of labor along?
Kira Smith , ICCE
There are many different positions
that can be used when pushing the baby out. Which ones are most
effective will depend on the circumstances of your birth.
The arrival of your baby will be one of the most exciting, emotional moments of your life. The very thought of labor, however, can be a source of anxiety for most expectant moms.