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Updated: April 20, 2022

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When You Should go to the Hospital for Labor: the Complete Guide

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Fake vs. real contractions

As your pregnancy reaches its end and your due date is looming, you probably have a lot of questions about when you should head to the hospital once labor begins. Of course, each woman's citation is unique, and your Ob-Gyn may have some specific instructions, but there are a few cut and dry citations doctors say require a call to your physician and perhaps a visit to the delivery ward.

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Updated: April 27, 2022

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5 Signs and Symptoms of Labor

How your body prepares and tricky false labor

When your due date is near and you prepare for labor, there are going to be several signs and symptoms that it's almost showtime. As you go into labor you'll experience symptoms that may include emotional changes, pains that feel like menstrual cramps, back pain similar to sciatica, Braxton Hicks contractions, the "bloody show," and the breaking of your water before labor begins. Learn what else you should expect before birth.

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Updated: April 22, 2022

Why Is My Cervix Not Dilating? (In the First Stages of Labor)

Failure to Progress in Labor

Cervix dilation is one of the earliest signs that the birth of your baby is imminent. As you approach your due date, your doctor will check your weekly visits to see if you are dilated. Dilation begins once you have lost your mucus plug and cervical effacement has occurred. You may also experience a bloody show, a mix of blood and mucus when you lose your mucus plug.

There are three stages of labor: latent labor, active labor, and the delivery of the placenta, which is often glossed over when discussing labor.

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Labor Signs with Twins and Multiples: Recognizing Preterm Labor

Signs of Preterm Labor in Multiple Pregnancies

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than half of twin births in the U.S occur preterm. It's important to know the signs of preterm labor in a multiple pregnancy so that you can get help in time.

There are some clues, but they might not be obvious until it's too late to stop a delivery: That's why it is so vitally important to know the signals, and to contact your medical provider as soon as you suspect something.

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Getting Ready for Twins

Although multiple pregnancies and births are more likely to have complications, they are now safer than ever as advances in prenatal and postpartum care have dramatically improved the outlook for premature babies-the main concern with multiples.

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3 Common Urinary and Vaginal Pregnancy Problems

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While pregnancy brings many wonderful experiences it also, unfortunately, brings some negative ones too. Some of the most unfortunate possible side-effects of being pregnant are an increased risk for urinary tract infections, painful urination, yeast infections, and stress incontinence.

To help you navigate and understand the symptoms and risk factors related to these health problems, we’ve gathered information from healthcare professionals and put it all together in one go-to place for your reference.

What to Do When You're Overdue

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You're 41 long weeks into your pregnancy, and your baby has still not made his or her arrival into the world yet. By the third trimester, you're tired, bloated and so ready for this baby to come out, so what's the hold-up? Why haven't you gone into labor yet?

An abnormally long gestation period or an overdue pregnancy can be an incredibly frustrating time for expectant mothers. 

Updated: November 24, 2021

4 Months Pregnant: Symptoms, Baby (& Belly) Size and Development

What to Expect in Your Fourth Month of Pregnancy

Welcome to the second trimester of your pregnancy! The start of month four indicates the end of your first trimester, and you are now entering what many women refer to as the honeymoon period. Your energy is up, and your meals are staying down. You and your baby are headed into a period of rapid growth. It’s time to hang on and enjoy the ride!

This article will cover second-semester pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, and all the ins and outs of your fourth month of pregnancy.

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Updated: December 2, 2021

First Trimester of Pregnancy: An Experts’ Guide

What to Expect in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

The first trimester is the most critical time in your pregnancy. Although the fetus at the end of the first trimester is only about 4 inches long and weighs less than 1 ounce, your baby’s development is in full swing. Their major organs and nervous system, heartbeat, arms, fingers, legs, toes, hair, and buds for future teeth have begun to form, making it vital for mom to start right off the bat with a healthy pregnancy.

Updated: June 19, 2019

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Postpartum: Starting to Exercise Again

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Postpartum: Starting to Exercise Again

Starting a moderate exercise program during the postpartum months is beneficial in many ways. Regular exercise improves immune function and increases the production of antioxidant substances in the body. It helps you to sleep better at night and feel more energetic during the day. A brisk walk does wonders for depression or anxiety.

Fitness and Physical Activity After Childbirth

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Fitness and Physical Activity After Childbirth

After childbirth, your body needs about six weeks to return to its normal anatomy and physiology. Most precautions at this time are to protect the uterus; it is still enlarged and healing, and the cervix is still open. To prevent bacteria from entering the uterus, you should not use tampons for bleeding in the first month after childbirth.

What Happens to the Baby After Delivery?

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Houston, We Have a Baby!

Shortly after the baby's birth, whether it's a vaginal birth or a c-section, the baby will be evaluated for its ability to adapt and transition normally to life outside the uterus. To aid in this process, the baby is transported to a warming unit with a radiant heat source. The baby (now officially called a neonate) is dried of all moisture, which helps to minimize the loss of its core temperature.

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Cesarean Sections

Risks and Types of C-Sections

Types of cesereans

A cesarean section is the delivery of your baby by means of a cut in the abdomen. A cesarean rate of around 10-15 percent is thought to be reasonable, although in most Western countries the rate has risen beyond 20 percent and around 30 percent of all babies in the US are now delivered by cesarean, an all-time high.

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Using Supplemental Hormones While Breastfeeding

Using Supplemental Hormones While Breastfeeding

Previously, we recommended the use of natural progesterone cream for women with postpartum depression. Women with depression that has held on for years after giving birth seem to benefit most, but it is safe for you to use even while nursing. In physiological doses, progesterone very rarely affects milk flow, and if it does, the flow returns to normal within a day or two of discontinuing it.

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Assisted Birth

Pros and Cons of Assisted Birth

The procedure

An assisted birth is a birth in which either forceps or a vacuum suction cup (also called a vacuum or ventouse extractor) are used to aid a vaginal delivery. There may be some mild side effects such as bruising after an assisted birth, but major complications are rare.

As with all medical interventions, the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor will only be offered when it is thought to be necessary for the health of the baby and/or mother.

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