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How can I progress labor during pregnancy at home?

How can I progress labor during pregnancy at home?

Early Labor: You need to be patient. Maybe take a walk, warm bath and a light meal. Labor takes time . Eventually the contractions will be consistent and come closer. ...Read more

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I'm a stay at home mother. How can I get enough energy in the morning to work out at home? It's my only time i get to exercise.

I'm a stay at home mother. How can I get enough energy in the morning to work out at home? It's my only time i get to exercise.

Nutrition: I would want to know the type of food you are eating. Are you eating a lot of processed foods (in a box) and sugar? I would check your adrenal cortisol (4 point) to see if your morning fatigue is due to adrenal fatigue secondary to stress and less than 7 hours of sleep a night. ...Read more

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Can i check my oxygen levels at home without any equipment so i don't have to keep going to the hospital every time?

Can i check my oxygen levels at home without any equipment so i don't have to keep going to the hospital every time?

Get Pulse Oximeter: There are simple pulse oximetry that are geared to consumers which fit over your finger and measure oxygen in the blood and are amazingly affordable. ...Read more

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How many castor oil capsules do I need to take to induce my labor at 40 weeks? I'm scheduled for induction and would rather labor at home.

How many castor oil capsules do I need to take to induce my labor at 40 weeks? I'm scheduled for induction and would rather labor at home.

None: Castor oil is not recommended as it does not work to induce labor. It will on the other hand give you very unpleasant diarrhea. If you do not want to be induced discuss with your doctor whether or not an induction is medically necessary in your situation. ...Read more

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Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Once you get pink eye, how long should I stay home before going back to school?

Pink eye: Bacterial conjunctivitis can be appropriately treated with antibiotic eye drops or eye ointment. I usually recommend keeping the child home until he has received 24 hr to 48 hr of antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to get pink nipples at home?

How to get pink nipples at home?

Don't know of : Way to change nipple color at home. This is something that can be done by a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I arrange to have baby through home delivery?

How do I arrange to have baby through home delivery?

OB or Midwife: Have an honest talk with your OB doc or midwife first of all. There are many other thing to consider, your obstetrical history, how your pregnancy has progressed so far, how healthy the baby is, how close you are to a hospital and if your insurance will cover a home delivery. Gather all your information and options and choose what is best and saferfor the baby and you in your circumstance. ...Read more

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What can I do at home to get a tighter vagina?

What can I do at home to get a tighter vagina?

Kegels: If done properly, the so-called kegel exercises can help strengthen some of the muscles in the area. Seeing an experienced gynecologist is worth the effort to learn how and how often to do them. ...Read more

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How to get rid of cancer sores fast! I have a date sunday and i want a home remidy to get them to go away in less than 24 hours. Please help!?

How to get rid of cancer sores fast! I have a date sunday and i want a home remidy to get them to go away in less than 24 hours. Please help!?

Cold Sores: Canker sores - or "cold sores"- are caused by latent viruses that activate under periods of sess, infection, or for unknown reasons. There a over-the-counter treatments at purport to help (see, e.g., http://dentistry.About.Com/od/basicdentalcare/f/cankertreatment.Htm). They usually aren't effective that fast, so there is always makeup, if possible. Most men worth dating will look past the surface. ...Read more

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What can I expect at a home birth?

What can I expect at a home birth?

Home birth: Most births go to completion without problems, however, labor and delivery complication are difficult to predict and if and when they do develop can have serious short and long-term ramifications. If you live in an industeralized country where resources are available, i would highly recommend you deliver in a hospital setting where expertise and resources are available. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a pregnancy at home.

How can I get rid of a pregnancy at home.

Do not go there....: Whatever your circumstances, there is safe help available to you. Women have died in trying to produce abortions on their own. Please do not attempt this, no matter what you hear! rather, call your local planned parenthood, make an appointment with a clinician to evaluate what your options are. They will give you a safe referral; many planned parenthool clinics provide abortion care. Be safe! lg. ...Read more

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How can I get to know my baby at two weeks?

How can I get to know my baby at two weeks?

Spend time together: At two weeks old your baby needs all the comfort and security they can get. This means lots of holding, cuddling and looking into their face. There is no such thing as spoiling a baby at this age. Try to rest when your baby sleeps so that you can gently talk and massage the baby when they are awake. Enjoy feeding times and have as much physical contact as possible. ...Read more

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What happens if I go into labor at 35 weeks will my baby have to stay in the nicu?

What happens if I go into labor at 35 weeks will my baby have to stay in the nicu?

It really depends: It really depends on the health condition of the baby at birth. Many premature infants do quite well and are released without a stay in the NICU. Your physician may give you steroids prior to delivery to accelerate lung maturity. Infants born between 34-36 weeks may need extra care in the hospital which can lengthen their stay ...Read more

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Is it OK to go to the gym when pregnant? I started going to the gym 5 days a week. We are trying to conceive. Once I get preg, should I quit going?

Is it OK to go to the gym when pregnant? I started going to the gym 5 days a week. We are trying to conceive. Once I get preg, should I quit going?

Exercise ok: Continuing a previous exercise plan can be beneficial in pregnancy. Exercise can help improve labor. Of course if there are any complications exercise may need to be discontinued. If you have any further questions check with your with your own physician as he/she will know your medical history. ...Read more

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When you're expecting, how many ultrasounds do you get, and at what months?

When you're expecting, how many ultrasounds do you get, and at what months?

Usually 1 or 2: Unless there is a problem in 1st trimester, 1st ultrasound may be a nuchal translucency scan at 11 - 14 wks. This is an early screening test. The primary anatomy survey is done between 18 - 22 wks. If everything is seen well and appears normal, that may be all. If something isn't seen or is abnormal or if new problems develop (e.g., size, fluid) additional us may be required later in pregnancy. ...Read more

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How do I tell my boss that I want to be a stay at home mom?

How do I tell my boss that I want to be a stay at home mom?

Be straightforward: Just tell your boss that you want to stay home. In most of this country it's normal and accepted to stay home with your kids while they're small. I don't think anyone will give you a hard time, at least not to your face. When i interviewed for med school i remember one professor saying that if a woman wanted to stay home and raise her kids, she was doing something more worthwhile than medicine. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 10 days overdue and I go in to get induced on saterday but really don't wanto , how can I go into labor fast!!!?

What to do if I'm 10 days overdue and I go in to get induced on saterday but really don't wanto , how can I go into labor fast!!!?

Labor remedies: You can try having sex. The prostaglandin in semen causes some contractions. Inducing diarrhea with things like castor oil also sometimes helps. Again, diarrhea also produces prostaglandins. Walking when you have contractions may help also. However, once more than 14 days overdue your risk of c section and still birth start going up fairly fast, so don't wait too long ...Read more

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After passing your mucus plug how long can u go into labor?....I seems to past minds at 35 weeks pregnant can I make baby soon?

After passing your mucus plug how long can u go into labor?....I seems to past minds at 35 weeks pregnant can I make baby soon?

CALL YOUR OB: This is a question you should have already asked your OB ! your OB is on call or has someone on call 24/7 to help you! you can pass your plug from 1 day to weeks before you deliver. If you and the baby are ok which your OB can check that, you want to try not to deliver before 37 weeks as that is considered term, if a problem develops( hopefully it won't) u may need to be delivered soone. ...Read more

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When do you get a trial of labor?

When do you get a trial of labor?

If you don't want CS: Anytime you are pregnant and do not want/need cesarean section, you undergo a trial of labor. This has its own risks and should only be attempted in a maternity hospital. ...Read more

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What are some tips and tricks I can do at home to prepare for easy labor?

What are some tips and tricks I can do at home to prepare for easy labor?

The 4 F's: No, these are not the 4 F's you learned in high school, rather they are Food, Faith, Fitness and Freedom. Appropriate nutrition throughout the pregnancy coupled with an exercise program for expectant mothers. Freedom to relax and breathe through the labor process. Finally, Faith in your healthcare team and OB MD to conduct the process with dignity and respect. This may or may not guarantee "easy" ...Read more

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My labor is stalled how do I get back into labor mode before going back to the hostipal?

My labor is stalled how do I get back into labor mode before going back to the hostipal?

It happens by itself: True labor will happen by itself, at the right time when the baby is full term. Either the contractions will start up and get stronger and stronger, and closer and closer in time; or the woman will be seeing her ob-gyn for the regular appointment. The website has a full explanation: http://www.Babies.Sutterhealth.Org/laboranddelivery/labor/ld_lbr-begins.Html. ...Read more

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Does trial of labor work very often>seems dumb to go thru all that then get cut anyway.?

Does trial of labor work very often>seems dumb to go thru all that then get cut anyway.?

Sometimes.: Tolac should generally work in 2/3 women who attempt it, but only very few maternity centers are geared to deal with its potential complications, so proceed with caution. If your chance for vaginal delivery after c-section is <60% i would recommend repeat prelabor c-section, with the understanding that no more than two c-sections are advisable. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for inducing labor?

Are there any home remedies for inducing labor?

No: No doctor is going to really answer this question due to liability issues. Sorry. ...Read more

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Home remedies for inducing labor at 38 weeks?

Home remedies for inducing labor at 38 weeks?

Why 38 weeks?: It is probably best to allow the baby to get the full amount of nutrients that are transferred towards the end of pregnancy. One interesting home remedy for inducing labor is eating eggplant. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get hot flashes after labor?

Is it normal to get hot flashes after labor?

Something like that : I have observed that a large number of women experience chills after delivering. They experience uncontrollable shaking. It is relieved by or subsides by the time someone goes to get them a warm blanket. That would seem to be more of a "cold flash" than a hot one, but it may to be a similar sensation. As I am always on the catching side of the delivery, i can't say first hand, however... ...Read more

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What do I need to do to get organized for labor and delivery?

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What do I need to do to get organized for labor and delivery?

My list: Consider taking a childbirth education class. Make sure you have childcare lined up for any other children you have at home--even in the middle of the night. Complete any large projects you need accomplished at home in the next year. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've been sent home twice over false labor, how can I tell its the real thing?

I've been sent home twice over false labor, how can I tell its the real thing?

Trial and error.: There is no such thing as false labor - it is early labor. If you want to avoid a c-section, your best bet is to patiently await the onset of active labor (more painful contractions that come every 5-10 minutes for at least 30-60 minutes) at home, if your pregnancy is low-risk and your obstetrician recommends it. Trial and error trips to your maternity center, and time, will tell when labor is tru. ...Read more

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Are there any activities or hebal medicine for example that can be done at home to bring on labor more quickly?

Depends: If you are term > 37 weeks then regular sexual intercourse can be the most normal, natural method to bring on labor. Get clearance from your doctor that knows your medical history. Should there be not contraindications to doing so this would be the best method. ...Read more

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Is there anything that'll induce labor at home being at 5cm?

Patience: There is nothing that is used to induce labor outside the hospital. At 5cm you could start labor at any time. ...Read more

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Dont pain medications given to moms in labor get to the baby?

Dont pain medications given to moms in labor get to the baby?

Pain meds & fetus: The answer is yes for narcotic medications. All of them will get into the babies circulation and make him/her drowsy or floppy at birth, occasionally requiring breathing resuscitation. The epidural form of anesthesia does not have a direct affect on baby's tone or consciousness, but is associated with maternal low blood pressure and delay in the 2nd stage of labor. So they all have some affect. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my baby get into position before going into labor?

What can I do to help my baby get into position before going into labor?

Nothing: The baby will position itself prior to delivery. Sometimes this dose not occur and the baby can present either feet first or horizontally. If this occurs the physician may be able to encourage the baby to change position, however, the mother usually cannot do much. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 10 days overdue and I go in to get induced on saterday but really don't wanto , how can I go into labor fast!!!?

Labor remedies: You can try having sex. The prostaglandin in semen causes some contractions. Inducing diarrhea with things like castor oil also sometimes helps. Again, diarrhea also produces prostaglandins. Walking when you have contractions may help also. However, once more than 14 days overdue your risk of c section and still birth start going up fairly fast, so don't wait too long ...Read more

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Each labor for me has come faster and faster. My last one was 28 minutes. I'd like to get pregnant again, but i'm scared. Should I be nervous?

Each labor for me has come faster and faster. My last one was 28 minutes. I'd like to get pregnant again, but i'm scared. Should I be nervous?

It's normal: It's normal to be a little nervous. Labor tends to come faster with each subsequent pregnancy. The more times pregnant, the more your body gets used to labor. It can be nerve-racking at times but also understand that you have more experience and know what warning signs to look for (regular contractions, breaking your water, etc). ...Read more

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Hello, My husband has made a habit of drinking over the past few years. He works in Skilled Labor so on lunch he goes to a bar and has 3 beers than when he gets home he drinks about 8. So, roughly about 11 beers a day.. He does go a few days without drin

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My husband has made a habit of drinking over the past few years. He works in Skilled Labor so on lunch he goes to a bar and has 3 beers than when he gets home he drinks about 8. So, roughly about 11 beers a day.. He does go a few days without drin

What is question?: If you are asking if 11beers/day, most days is a lot of alcohol. The answer is yes! . What to do is more complicated. Maybe he will accompany you to an AA meeting . If not ,you might want to go to meeting for family of alcoholics. Your family doctor might intervene. He should have physical exam and blood tests. THis is not easy issue to deal with ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could induce labor at home?

Let your Body decide: Your Body and your baby knows best when to make an entry into our beautiful world. Only if you have some medical conditions or are more then 41 weeks we consider doing an induction of labor. ...Read more