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A 34-year-old member asked:

what will labor and delivery be like?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Life in L&D: This is too varied to sum up in 400 characters! to best prepare yourself for *your* l&d experience: 1) take tour of l&d at the hospital where you plan to deliver and 2) sign up for their prenatal classes. It won't be like tv and every labor is a little different, but this can orient you to some of the things to expect when that special day arrives.
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Depends!: Such a big question for 400 characters. For most, it will be a great experience. For a few, it will be stressful. Ask your family members and friends that have had babies, and your physician as well. It will be a new experience for you no matter what! make sure your doc or midwife answers all your questions before you go into labor. A tour of l and d is usually available.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

If I go into labor pre-term, which specialists will come to the delivery?

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Yes: Neonatalogists or pediatricians who specialize in the care of premature infants will examine the baby and determine whether or not the baby needs to go to the neonatal intensive care unit.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to "induce" labor?

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Cause labor to start: Medications are administered to the mother orally, intravenously, or vaginally that cause hormone changes in the uterus. These medications enable to the uterus to start contracting causing the cervix to open and labor to start.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What decisions will my doctors have the power to make in labor and delivery?

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Two way street: You have complete control over medical decisions that concern you. Since you have a baby inside you, your doctor in responsible for both patients. Certain medical conditions place the mom's needs at odds with the baby's. All medical decisions should be discussed with you and you have the right to participate in your care.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it true that spicy foods can help start labor?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
No: Probably not, although spicy foods can worsen heartburn caused by reflux, a very common situation in pregnancy.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

What are some early labor signs?

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Dr. Adam Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
As follows;: Cramping which starts out far apart and becomes more regular and more painful. You may leak fluid and may have bleeding. If you are ever unsure, check with your doctor right away.

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