For many moms-to-be, the scariest thing about childbirth is the fear of the unknown. The experience can be terrifying, gratifying, humbling . . . but most likely, it'll encompass a whole range of emotions. Everyone who's birthed a baby has had her own unique experience, and talking to friends and family can be soothing to some and panic-inducing to others. Studies have found that stressing out about childbirth can actually make it last longer, so take a deep breath, and find out our top six tips for easing your anxiety about your upcoming arrival!
Though May Day doesn't mean much in the United States, across most of the world, it's a labor-centric holiday with demonstrations by unions and other workers' groups. In honor of this first day of May, I decided to do a little research about some of history's great ladies of the labor movement. Test your muscle by taking my quiz.
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No one needs to tell you that giving birth is a painful experience - we've all heard our fair share of horror stories. Thanks to modern science, an epidural is available if a woman doesn't want to or can't deal with the pain. It's basically a shot given in your spine that makes you have a loss of sensation and pain from your waist down.
Some women see giving birth as a natural experience, and want to be completely aware and in tune with what their body is feeling, so they wouldn't dream of getting drugs. Plus some women may argue that it's bad for the baby, and makes labor longer for everyone involved.
Other women go for the drugs because the pain of labor is way too unbearable not to. They'd equate it to getting a cavity drilled - would you go without Novocaine?
So I want to know...