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A 37-year-old member asked:

can you please tell me what i did wrong to get prolonged labor?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Nothing: Prolonged labor is a natural variation in the length of labor. As long as the baby and you did not suffer any lasting damage, it should be chalked up to a natural process. Particularly, it is very unlikely that you did any thing wrong.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballoanswered
Neonatology 39 years experience
Nothing: Prolonged labor is not caused by anything the mom ate, drank or did.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Prolonged labor: You didn't do anything right or wrong to have a prolonged labor. You don't have much control over the process.

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A 29-year-old female asked:

I mis3periods, but had symps.Went to gyn, he said IV period but stuck.Did curetag.Becos languag, I culdnt undestand why hapnd.Not preg, tak pil2regulate.?

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