If you’re curious about delayed cord clamping and want to know the pros and cons, you’ve come to the right place. Clamping the cord separates the baby from the placenta and it is usually done immediately after birth, but recently there’s been a move to delay the clamping process. Certified Nurse Midwife Anne Cooper gives us the 411 on delayed cord clamping, so keep reading to … [Read more...] about Delayed Clamping of Umbilical Cord
The Big Day
No matter how much you prepare for labor and delivery, there's always a chance things won't go exactly as planned. While you may have your sights set on a vaginal delivery, there are countless reasons why your health care provider may call for a cesarean - or as it's more commonly called, a C-section. Maybe labor has stalled and your contractions have petered out, or perhaps … [Read more...] about C-sections: A crash course
When I was pregnant with my first child, I wanted to go natural. No interventions for me! Women have birthed for eons without assistance—so I certainly didn’t need to pay attention in my labor class or hire a doula. My nutrition and exercise regimen? Digging organic cheese crackers out of my couch cushions. But as my labor dragged past the 22-hour, no-sleep, what’s-going-on … [Read more...] about 6 simple secrets for upping your chances of a natural birth
Here at Pregnancy Magazine, we're proud to tell the stories of expectant moms like you. Now, it's your turn to chime in. Take a moment to add your voice to our latest pregnancy poll below. Once you've shared your thoughts, you'll have the chance to see what other moms are saying, too. So, what are you waiting for? Are you scared to give birth? Vote now! [pollcaster … [Read more...] about Are you scared to give birth?
The number of mothers who undergo Cesarean sections is on the rise - accounting for nearly 37 percent of U.S. births in 2013, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. While a C-section should never be taken lightly - it is major abdominal surgery after all - there are instances where it's nothing short of lifesaving for both mom and baby. So, if your physician … [Read more...] about How will I feel after a C-section?