ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
CANCER
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Tiniest Babies Carry Biggest Costs
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets
Compound in Berries May Lessen Sun Damage
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
EYE CARE, VISION
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
FITNESS
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
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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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