ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
CANCER
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Sharing Cancer Info May Be Empowering
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless
More Than 60,000 Patients Risked Hepatitis Infections
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Hypertension May Hit Black Males Earlier
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
Will the Wii Keep You Fit?
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Any Old Cane Won't Do
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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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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