ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Healthy adults have potential autoimmune disease-causing cells
Vitamin K Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
CANCER
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Papaya Could Be a Cancer Fighter
CAREGIVING
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Drug May Not Help Diabetes-Related Eye Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
EYE CARE, VISION
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
Go To Work But Skip The Car
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Natural Therapies for Menopause
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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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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