ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
CANCER
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
CAREGIVING
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Is Your Refrigerator Getting Enough Attention For Your Raw Food Success?
The Food Irradiation Story
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
Preparing for a Chlorine Gas Disaster
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
FITNESS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
Can a Bad Boss Make You Sick?
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Countdown to Hair Loss
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Money May Matter, Health-Wise, in Old Age
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At 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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