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Q: I'm birthing in a hospital, but I don't want to have to be on my back in bed. What are my options? A: It sounds like you already know the benefits of freedom of movement in labor and birth. Standing up, for example, allows gravity to help put the...

Q: My co-workers constantly tell me my desires and preferences for labor aren't going to happen - how can I handle that? A: Your workplace may not be the right environment to share birth preferences or post-natal priorities.

Q: Is it OK if I occasionally skip my prenatal vitamin? In my first trimester, I would avoid it if I was feeling particularly nauseous that day. And, honestly, sometimes I just forget. I’ve never been a regular vitamin-taker. Can I get the nutrients in it by changing my diet,...

Q: Is it possible to feel yourself conceiving? I swear I know the exact moment I became pregnant, but my family thinks I’m a little nuts. Is there any medical evidence for this? A: I can find no research to support a physical ability to recognize the moment of conception....

Q: Last night my husband and I were having sex, and I think the baby moved! It was such a strange sensation. Does that mean we shouldn't be intimate anymore? I'm in my third trimester. A: The baby couldn't care less if you have sex, climb stairs, or do anything...

Q: My mother is against breastfeeding and my husband is very pro-breastfeeding. What can I do to deal with their different opinions? A: You’re not alone in experiencing this generational divide. Our mothers, and even their mothers before them, likely didn’t breastfeed. Today, we know the health benefits of nursing,...

Q: I apply a generous amount of baby oil gel on my tummy and breasts one to two times a day to prevent stretch marks. Will the absorption of the product do any harm to me or to my baby? Will baby oil gel even prevent stretch marks?

Q: I’m a singer in two rock bands, surrounded by extremely loud music several times a week. I read that a mom’s noisy job can lead to retardation and hearing loss in her baby. Even though stars like Gwen Stefani tour while pregnant, I feel there’s no comparison—my speakers and...