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Suffering from pregnancy gas? You are not alone!

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When Leslie Irish Evans was in the late stages of her first pregnancy, she woke up one peaceful morning and was just lying there enjoying the calm ... then it happened. "Suddenly, I farted really loud. So loud..I woke the baby! She jumped in my belly then started thrashing around. Made both me and my husband laugh," says Leslie.

No matter how you slice it, gas during pregnancy is embarrassing and probably a little unexpected. What can you do to avoid it? Get some tips here!


In the know

NewbornA Cesarean section is a surgical procedure. Therefore, a completely sterile environment is needed and delivery in the birthing room is not possible.

If you need to have a C-section, you will be taken to the operating room and anesthestised (usually via an epidural), then you will be given an IV, a catheter, a blood pressure cuff and possibly an oxygen mask. They will drape you (the incision site will not be visible to you), and your abdomen and upper thighs will be covered with an antiseptic solution.

The majority of women are given a "bikini cut," an incision very low on the belly, just above the pubic hairline. Bikini incisions are preferred because the uterus will heal better and the scar is less visible. In some cases, however, a vertical "classical" incision may be required.

Find out more about what to expect during and after c-sections here.


In the know

What's a C-section like from the perspective of a mom? "I felt a lot of tugging while my baby was removed and she did get a little stuck on one side, so the tugging was pretty intense on that side and it took longer to heal. The hardest part of it all, though, was not being able to hold my baby. I saw her bundled up for one brief moment before she was whisked away to the NICU. The first time I got to hold her was the next afternoon." - Betsy

Read more cesarean section birth stories here.


Looking ahead

When it comes to postpartum depression, most moms think, "Well, that won't be me." What many women don't realize is that it really might happen to them -- between one quarter and one-half of all women experience some form of a postpartum depressive illness. We have a way to help you get treatment and support if you need it. Click here for more information on PPD and what you can do about it.

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