Your Pregnancy Matters Stories

Nitrous oxide for labor: Seriously, don’t laugh before you read this

Nitrous oxide for labor: Seriously, don’t laugh before you read this

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Nitrous oxide, popularly known as “laughing gas,” used to be commonly used by women during labor. Now, the gas is making a comeback.

The five-second rule

The five-second rule

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Germ exposure isn’t all bad. In fact, studies in mice suggest some exposure might actually help build the immune system and guard against asthma and other allergic diseases.

The truth about “natural” ways to induce labor

The truth about “natural” ways to induce labor

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There are lots of “natural” remedies that supposedly induce labor. Here’s what those methods are really all about.

Should I have a transvaginal ultrasound to measure cervical length and help prevent preterm delivery?

Should I have a transvaginal ultrasound to measure cervical length and help prevent preterm delivery?

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Cervical length can help identify women at risk of preterm delivery, but the screening test to determine cervical length might not be worth the time, expense, or discomfort. Here’s why.

Coping with fear of childbirth

Coping with fear of childbirth

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Many women struggle with fear of childbirth. Actively preparing for the big day can help make the experience less stressful and more enjoyable.

An honest discussion about opioid use and pregnancy

An honest discussion about opioid use and pregnancy

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Using opioid pain medications during and after pregnancy can have significant affects on you and your baby.

Worried about having a big baby? Four things to know about birth weight

Worried about having a big baby? Four things to know about birth weight

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Having a big baby can complicate things – but it’s difficult to accurately predict weight before birth.

Using marijuana while pregnant: What are the risks?

Using marijuana while pregnant: What are the risks?

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Studies show more women are using marijuana while pregnant, without knowing the possible risks to their baby.

Prevent peanut allergies with … peanut puffs

Prevent peanut allergies with … peanut puffs

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Early exposure to peanut products might prevent children from developing peanut allergies.

Is your pet ready for you to have a baby?

Is your pet ready for you to have a baby?

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Having a new baby is a huge, life-changing event for you and your furry companion. Make sure your dog is ready to welcome a new member to the family.