What exercises will help prepare me for labor and delivery?

Low impact ones. Stationary bike, treadmill, walking, swimming are all excellent choices for pregnancy conditioning in preparation for labor. You can lower your risk for c-section and large babies if you maintain a normal weight for you height and use one of the above options every other day for 30-45 minutes. Avoid heavy lifting, exercising in the heat/humidity and maintain good hydration throughout.

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

Pack early! It is best to get organized and have your bag ready a few weeks before your due date, so that when labor truly starts, you can just grab it and go. In it, make sure you have your camera, cell phone, insurance information, any essential toiletries you want to bring. Most importantly, make sure you know when and how to contact your OB at all times, and how to get to the hospital! Read more...
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...

Freezing when visiting. Why are labor and delivery rooms always cold?

I give up... I'm in an office with > 30 women, ranging in ages from 22-57... I am constantly losing the "thermostat wars" & i can't explain with the usual answers, "different metabolism, can't thermoregulate, hormone changes, etc." suffice it to say that the office feels a chilly 60 degrees and l&d is no different. I also learned (the hard way) not to argue with anyone who feels hot...It's not safe! Read more...

What will labor and delivery be like?

Life in L&D. This is too varied to sum up in 400 characters! to best prepare yourself for *your* l&d experience: 1) take tour of l&d at the hospital where you plan to deliver and 2) sign up for their prenatal classes. It won't be like tv and every labor is a little different, but this can orient you to some of the things to expect when that special day arrives. Read more...
Depends! Such a big question for 400 characters. For most, it will be a great experience. For a few, it will be stressful. Ask your family members and friends that have had babies, and your physician as well. It will be a new experience for you no matter what! make sure your doc or midwife answers all your questions before you go into labor. A tour of l and d is usually available. Read more...

Do labor and delivery laborists usually work at night?

Yes! That's the whole point of a laborist team; that the cover l&d 24-7-365, allowing for excellence in labor outcomes and freeing up the other physicians to see more patients in clinic and ultrasound. Read more...

Can you tell me more information on labor and delivery.

Too broad a topic. That's a really broad question that entire textbooks are written about. I think we'll be able to help you a lot more if you can ask something specific about what you're wanting to know. Sorry--will try to help with any questions you come up with! Read more...

What excercises can II fo to have a smoother labor and delivery?

Stay active. Staying active during pregnancy has many benefits fr your body before, during and after delivery, as well as mood benefits. Walking and even running can be done well into pregnancy. Stretches and yoga poses (gentle) ones keep flexibility good and train you in controlled breathing. Kegel or pelvic floor exercises help you connect with those important muscles. Good luck for a gentle journey! Read more...