ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Brazilian Mint Tea Naturally Good for Pain Relief
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
CANCER
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
CAREGIVING
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
DIABETES
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
DIET, NUTRITION
Fasting on Alternate Days May Make Dieting Easier
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
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
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
EYE CARE, VISION
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Countdown to Hair Loss
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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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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