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Breastfeeding

Top of the pageBreastfeedingBreastfeeding is feeding a baby breast milk directly from the breast or from a bottle after expressing the milk with a pump. Breast milk provides the best nutrition for a baby in the first 6 months of life. Other foods, such as cereal, are...

Forceps

Forceps are instruments used for grasping during various medical procedures. A forceps has hinged handles that are used to control two blades or tongs. Obstetrical forceps look similar to a long pair of tongs that look like spoons. These forceps are used in some deliveries to grasp and guide a baby’s head out of the…

Sleep, Rest, and Breastfeeding

Rest and sleep are important to breastfeeding women for keeping up their energy and their milk production. Help yourself sleep well Avoid or limit caffeine, especially in the hours before bedtime. Caffeine can keep you awake. Use the evening hours for settling down. Avoid watching TV and using the computer or phone if…

Bed Rest in Pregnancy

What is bed rest? Bed rest is limiting physical activity during your pregnancy. It can last a few weeks or even months. It may be at home or in the hospital. Your doctor may put you on partial bed rest or full bed rest. Partial bed rest usually means it’s usually okay to sit, stand, or walk around for short periods of…

High-Risk Pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the mother or her fetus is at increased risk for health problems. The determination of a high-risk pregnancy is based on the mother’s current health status, age, and pregnancy history as well as the presence of a genetic condition in either parent. Specifically, a pregnancy is…

Fever During Pregnancy

It is not unusual to develop a viral illness that causes a fever during pregnancy or after your delivery. Mild fevers that last only a short time usually are not a concern. An ongoing fever that does not get better with home treatment, such as taking acetaminophen, or that does not improve after several days may mean…

Labor and Delivery

Is this topic for you? This topic provides basic information about normal labor and delivery. If you need information on pregnancy, other types of childbirth, or the first 6 weeks after childbirth (postpartum), see: Pregnancy Cesarean Section Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth…

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