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How painful is labor?

How painful is labor?

Not pain-free: Don't get suckered, labor hurts. How different women cope with pain is what varies. It is possible to deliver without drugs or epidural but some women have added fears, anxiety, distrust, & misinformation which can add exponentially to the pain experience. Talk to your OB about options & your needs. Labor with family and/or friends who help and trust your OB provider - you'll be just fine. ...Read more

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When is labor induced?

When is labor induced?

Labor induction: Labor induction might be induced in a number of situations. It's usually recommended when conditions for the baby in the uterus are dangerous. Some of the common reasons are diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, and evidence that the baby is not growing well. The most common reason is that you’re more than one week overdue. Babies do not do well if you go too far past due date ...Read more

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How long does labor last?

How long does labor last?

6-36 hours: It really depends on the number baby it is for you, the size of the baby, etc. ...Read more

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What does labor feel like ?

What does labor feel like ?

How far pregnant?: Labor pains occur with regularity and feel like a hard muscle cramp--(your uterus). The intensity will increase as labor helps to bring the baby down for delivery. You should learn how to grade labor pains from very hard to just starting to feel them. Your obstetrician will teach you. Best wishes! Always let your doctor know if you have any vaginal discharge--water or blood especially. ...Read more

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What is induction of labor?

Pitocin (oxytocin) use: Induction involves the use of a drug(pitocin) to stimulate contractions when pregnancies exceed 42 documented weeks or electively at the time of fetal maturity for other reasons, or earlier in the pregnancy such as a diabetic mother with a suspected "large baby". ...Read more

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What causes the labor to start?

Fetal control.: Current theories (supported by pretty conclusive data) suggest that the fetus is in control of labor initiation at term and preterm (in most cases without infection, trauma, abruption). When the fetal brain is mature and stressed enough by the confines of in utero life, it stimulates the fetal adrenal gland setting in motion a cascade that leads to uterine contractions and delivery. ...Read more

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What's the hardest part of labor?

Good question: Well, it all looks hard to me. The first part of labor, when your cervix is opening, involves painful contractions for a number of hours. Pain meds or an epidural can be used here to reduce or completely remove the pain. When fully "opened" you will need to use your abdominal muscles to push your baby out. This can be some pretty hard physical work for 1-3 hours until the baby is out. ...Read more

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When do you get a trial of labor?

If you don't want CS: Anytime you are pregnant and do not want/need cesarean section, you undergo a trial of labor. This has its own risks and should only be attempted in a maternity hospital. ...Read more

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How long does labor usually last?

How long does labor usually last?

Labor: Labor is extremely variable. It can be as short as 1 hour (lucky) or as long as two days or more. These are both extremes though. For a first baby labor should be about 12-18 hours. Subsequent labors are usually shorter, usually 6-10 hours. It is important to monitor the health of the baby during labor. It is a stressful time for the baby also. Good luck! ...Read more

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What will help my labor go by fast?

What will help my labor go by fast?

Oxytocin: In some cases, it is necessary to augment labor by increasing the frequency and strength of contractions. That is often done by giving oxytocin (pitocin) in an IV in the pregnant woman's arm. If a provider says labor should be "speeded up" with "pit" an expectant couple should ask why it is needed, what are the benefits and risks, if anesthesia needs change, and if mom and fetus are doing well. ...Read more

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