Effective Pushing Techniques for Labor

When your cervix has completely effaced and dilated, you can actively help the uterus move the baby down the birth canal by bearing down or pushing with the contractions. Most women feel a strong...

Common Tools to Reduce the Perception of Labor Pains

Relaxation, patterned breathing, and comfortable labor positions are very important for coping with labor. Other tools that reduce pain perception during labor are massage, counterpressure, acupressure, laboring in water, and application of heat or...

The Most Helpful Positions For Easier Labor

If given the choice, most women prefer to move about and change position when they are in labor. Being mobile and upright decreases pain perception, shortens labor, an decreases the need for medication and...

Breathing Techniques For Labor

For some women, relaxation is sufficient for dealing with the sensations of labor. Others need additional coping strategies. This article will cover specific breathing patterns. The following subsection will present additional tools that con...

Relaxation Techniques for Easy Labor

Learning to relax is not just a skill for labor, but for life. This tool will benefit both, you and your partner, who also learns the techniques. Many tribal cultures believe that pregnant women...

Special Exercises to Relieve Pregnancy Discomfort

The following exercises are deigned to provide relief for specific discomforts. Become familiar with them, so that you can use them when necessary. Rib Cage Stretch Benefits: Relieves tension in the upper body. Helps...

Perineal Massage to Avoid Episiotomy

Just as you prepare your muscles for delivery by toning them through exercise, you should also prepare your perineum for the stretching required to accommodate the baby’s head. Perineal preparation is especially important if...

Kegel Exercises During Pregnancy

The Kegel (pronounced KEE gull) exercises are named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, the doctor who developed them. They are designed to restore or improve pelvic floor muscle tone and to increase control over those...

Conditioning Exercises for the Pregnant

Conditioning exercises are designed to improve the muscle tone of specific areas—in this case, those areas involved in childbirth—and to relieve tension and minor discomforts. Do all of the following exercises slowly and smoothly;...