- They cause pain and pressure—and are too strong to speak through.
- They’re regular, meaning they come at consistent time intervals.
- They gradually become longer, more frequent and more intense.
- Each one starts in the lower back and radiates forward (or vice versa).
- Changing positions or activities, such as walking, doesn’t slow them down.
- You can’t feel baby move during the contraction.
- There is blood, discharge or fluid leaking from your vagina.
- They come with any of the following symptoms: cramps, diarrhea or an upset stomach.
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This can be a frustrating pregnancy side effect, especially since it usually occurs when you are trying to get some much-needed sleep (the symptoms of RLS are often most noticeable when your body is in a state of rest). The bright side is that if you did not suffer from RLS prior to your pregnancy, […]
UPDATE: Contest is now closed! Congratulations to the winners: Kelly U. of Sparta, MI; Amy D. of Chicago, IL; and Shannon T. of Crossville, TN! So you want to wear your baby, but you can’t decide between a wrap that holds your infant close in a womb-like pouch, a sling that cradles her or a […]
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Parks can be a mom’s best friend. The trees, the benches, the swings … the perfect place to kill a few hours on a pretty afternoon. Before you head out of the house for a day of carefree fun, though, make sure you have the essentials. Something to drink for both you and baby. Stay […]
When Roslyn Jin was pregnant with her second child, she thought long and hard about the best way to give birth. The mother of two in Ontario, Canada, had a less-than-ideal first birthing experience, which began spontaneously but ended in an emergency C-section, so the idea of scheduling the birth of her second child was […]
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