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Is it true that labor will be faster with my second baby?

Is it true that labor will be faster with my second baby?

See below: That is the usual wisdom. Though any physician can tell you exceptions. Please talk to your OB doctor about any concerns. ...Read more

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Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

Do babies go into sleep mode before labor?

Hard to say: Babies "mode" during labor would be hard to study. Sleep states are generally documented by eeg study, which is impossible in labor.Labor itself can vary in length from a few hours to a day or more and i doubt baby would be aleart or asleep for it all. Moms note fetal movements between contractions at various stages of labor, but movement can occur in sleep. Just list this as an unknown. ...Read more

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Why arent they as strict on labor ward as when I had my babies? I went with daughter and was shocked.

Why arent they as strict on labor ward as when I had my babies? I went with daughter and was shocked.

Not sure...: ...What they need to be strict about. Babies are usually equipped with "burglar alarms", security is good - what exactly do you see as the problem? ...Read more

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Are babies likely to have CP if difficult labor?

Are babies likely to have CP if difficult labor?

Not necessarily: CP is often blamed erroneously on the OB and has given rise to the common use of caesarean. Brain damage is an unfortunate complication of difficult labor but it is relatively uncommon in today's handling by the ob. ...Read more

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Do babies usually cry when they come out of the mother during labor?

Do babies usually cry when they come out of the mother during labor?

Yes: With the transition to life outside the womb, one of the biggest changes is initiation of breathing. Babies will often cry some as they start breathing, and one of the factors we assess in the evaluation of the newborn is a good cry as a sign of normal respiratory effort. ...Read more

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If i smoked weed in my pregnancy an but im clean when i go into labor will cps still get involved if its not in mine or the babies system?

If i smoked weed in my pregnancy an but im clean when i go into labor will cps still get involved if its not in mine or the babies system?

It depends: It depends on whether you've previously been reported for smoking marijuana while pregnant. It sounds like you have a significant issue with marijuana and need help with this. Please speak with your obgyn physician about it so s/he can assist you. ...Read more

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Late 30s. Can i somehow avoid C-section for this and the 2 next pregnancies i'm hoping for? Really want to labor & have vaginal delivery for my babies

Late 30s. Can i somehow avoid C-section for this and the 2 next pregnancies i'm hoping for? Really want to labor & have vaginal delivery for my babies

VBAC: If you've never had a c-section, then unless there is trouble during delivery then vaginal birth should be expected. If you've had a previous c-section then there is controversy about following deliveries and the safety of a vaginal birth. Many obs will default for repeat c-sections because the risk of uterine rupture and other serious complications are high in subsequent pregnancies. ...Read more

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37 weeks pregnant , 2 cent.Dilated & 90% effaced also the babies head is really low and i feel pressure and period like cramps, wen will i go into labor?

Possible labor: If you are having those "cramps" or better say contractions very frequently( especially every 5-10 mins) it is time to get checked for progression. We cannot determine with certainty exactly at what point you will be in active labor since this varies from person to person. If you are having pain as often mentioned call your OB provider. ...Read more

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I am 37 weeks pregnant and am 1 1/2 centimeters dialated I have had constant contractions for 3 weeks and I have had the steroid shots for the babies lungs is it safe to take castor oil to induce labor i can't sleep get sick when i eat and am in pain from

I am 37 weeks pregnant and am 1 1/2 centimeters dialated I have had constant contractions for 3 weeks and I have had the steroid shots for the babies lungs is it safe to take castor oil to induce labor i can't sleep get sick when i eat and am in pain from

No. : No. You should not take castor oil prior to reaching your due date. Remember that your baby is 2 weeks younger than the number of weeks that you are pregnant. Your baby is not ready to be born. Once your due date has arrived, you may consult your doctor about taking castor oil to induce pregnancy. Do not do this without consulting your doctor. Remember that castor oil is a laxative. It has a bad taste, can cause abdominal cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. If you do not want to feel these symptoms, then you should avoid this. Talk to your doctor about things to do to help you be more comfortable. It is very common for women to be uncomfortable during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Your baby needs more time in your tummy. ...Read more

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Is it true that second child labor usually faster than the first?

Is it true that second child labor usually faster than the first?

Usually, but it also: depends on the size and position of the baby and the health of the mother. Hopefully your delivery will be uneventful and you deliver a health baby. ...Read more

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29 weeks pregnant, babies head is engaged and have constant pressure on pelvic floor. What is the likelihood of early labour before full term?

29 weeks pregnant, babies head is engaged and have constant pressure on pelvic floor. What is the likelihood of early labour before full term?

Get checked: You will need to see an obgyn. The doctor can examine your cervix. If there is concern your doctor can do a sonographic cervical length and a test called a fetal fibronectin. With that information your question can then be answered. ...Read more

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Since this is my 5th child will labor go fast for me?

Since this is my 5th child will labor go fast for me?

Possibly: In general, the first labor is the longest with some speedup in successive labors. One variable in the process is the recognition of true labor by the mother & a tendency to wait to go in with later pregnancies. Since the beginning point is rather subjective, it is hard to say for sure. It is important for you to go in soon enough that you actually have a safe delivery in a controlled setting. ...Read more

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Is it true that the labor process goes by faster when induced?

Is it true that the labor process goes by faster when induced?

No: This depends on a lot of factors, including the reason for induction. If the cervix is not "favorable" or not close to labor, different medications may be used to help soften it & get the contractions started. This can be a long process, depending on issues such as how many babies you have had & how far along in your pregnancy you are. If you are past your due date, it just helps to get started. ...Read more

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My Last baby I had a long labor what positions will help this time to make labor faster?

My Last baby I had a long labor what positions will help this time to make labor faster?

It will be faster: Second labor is likely to be faster. Position is not likely to make any difference. You should discuss your concern with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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I had a fast labor with my first child, what is the best way to prepare if this happens with my second child?

Plan ahead: You want to have a plan in place for how you will get to the hospital when you go into labor. Find family and friends, etc who will be available at all times. ...Read more

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34wks preg. First baby will he come soon than expected? Getting braxton hicks 4 in hr painless? How will I know am in true labor?

34wks preg. First baby will he come soon than expected? Getting braxton hicks 4 in hr painless? How will I know am in true labor?

Timing is everything: Timing your contractions with a watch or clock and when the interval is consistently 5 minutes or less and you cannot walk, talk, laugh or breathe during the contraction, it is time to contact your OB MD and head to your delivery facility. Braxton Hicks contractions are just like the conductor of the symphony doing a "practice" session before the actual concert.(delivery). ...Read more