ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
CANCER
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Gene Screen May Predict Colon Cancer's Return
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
CAREGIVING
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Vinegar Might Help Keep Off Pounds
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Database Helps Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
FITNESS
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Basketball Star Details His Struggle With Gout
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
Multivitamins Might Prolong Life
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
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
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
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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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