ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Pharoah's Wine Jar Yields Medicinal Secrets
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
CANCER
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
The Food Irradiation Story
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Multivitamins Might Prolong Life
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
More Single Women Are Having Babies
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
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Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth

(HealthDay News) -- Few women would say childbirth is easy. The amount and type of pain depends on the woman herself, her baby's size and its position, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.

The college offers these general suggestions for how to stay more comfortable during childbirth:

* Well before the birth, take childbirth classes that will teach you breathing techniques and relaxation methods to use in the delivery room.
* Ask your partner to apply pressure and massage your lower back. Tennis balls or your partner's hands will do fine.
* Apply an ice pack to your lower back.
* Change positions as often as is necessary to get more comfortable.
* Ask your doctor or nurse if you can take a shower.
* Use a damp, cool washcloth to wipe down your body if you get too hot.



-- Diana Kohnle

Last Updated: May 22, 2009

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