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My mother had a painful labor and the doctors said it was a ''dry'' labor. am i at risk of this?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
No: Dry labor is when the water breaks and labor doesn't start until many many hours later. You can just imagine sliding on a water slide without the water! dry labor is not hereditary.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Not necessarily: Your mother's experiences in labor are not a sure sign of how things will be for you.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Probably not: Everyone's perception of pain is different, but we have many options to make your experience pretty tolerable. Talk to your doctor about the options at your hospital. A "dry" labor probably meant that the amniotic fluid levels were to low. This happens when the baby is over due or has kidney problems or placental problems. Your doctor will be looking for these in your visits.

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