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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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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor, such as increasing contractions or fluid leakages
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If the baby is not moving, do kick counts, and keep in mind that you should feel 10 in two hours
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Call your doctor with any questions or concerns
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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?

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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Does pit work for induction of labor?

Yes: Can work by causing contractions but not always successful. ...Read more

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How long after bloody show till labor?

How long after bloody show till labor?

Bloody show: If it is a bloody show and not pathological bleeding it should follow quite soon thereafter. If it does not happen you will need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Still no labor. How can it be induced?

Induce labor.: On your own, people often state you can walk around or eat spicy food. Officially, induction of labor should be done by your Obstetrician in the hospital. ...Read more

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What are some signs that labor is soon?

What are some signs that labor is soon?

Mucous plug: Some women will lose their mucous plug a week or two prior to the onset of labor. This is very variable. Another is the sensation that you can now breath because the baby has settled lower into the pelvis. Also a change in the way you walk for that reason and a sensation around the rectum. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to spur labor?

What are some natural ways to spur labor?

There are none: Walking causes contractions but not labor. Bumpy car rides causes back aches but not labor. You will just have to be patient and let it happen naturally. ...Read more

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What is ''active management of labor'' then?

Active management: The active management of labor was pioneered by k o'driscoll in 1969, as a means of reducing the number of prolonged labors. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of labor in month 8?

What are the first signs of labor in month 8?

Please ask your OB: Any regular contractions or increased discharge, if u and baby is ok if u go into labor before 37 weeks then your doc will try to stop it, if your water breaks then it won't be stopped, so if u are worried call now so premature labor can be prevented rather than treated, and I always get an ultrasound on all of my pts between 34-36 weeks so I know what is going on, and don't go past your due date. ...Read more

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Which medications stop labor from progressing?

Which medications stop labor from progressing?

None: Despite the fact that many obstetricians use medications like terbutaline, magnesium sulfate, and Nifedipine to prevent early labor from progressing, many studies show that they are not very effective....And, for active labor, there are no known medications, at this time, to stop progression. ...Read more

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What kind of foods can u eat to start up labor?

What kind of foods can u eat to start up labor?

You can not: There are no foods that will trigger labor. I see that you have had two previous c sections. Please discuss your plans with your doctor. If you are scheduled for a repeat c section then it is not likely that they would want you to go into labor. ...Read more

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How the normal labor differs from the induced one?

How the normal labor differs from the induced one?

Faster, more natural: Spontaneous onset of labor is characterized by faster progression, greater likelihood of vaginal delivery and decreased likelihood of neonatal respiratory morbidity compared to induced labor. There are many conditions, though, that labor induction saves feta lives which is why it is increasingly common and appropriately so. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having two premature labors?

Related to cause: If the cervix dilated very early (the old medical term is 'incompetent' cervix), then the risk is high. If there was an infection, the odds are not very high if the infection was treated completely. If there was a larger than normal uterus due to multiple babies or high amount of fluid, it is unlikely to recur. If the cause is unknown, then refer to answer by dr garvey. Also seek mfm consultation. ...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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How many people can I take in dr with me before labor?

Depends: Depends on the doctor's policy and the hospital. Best thing to do is to ask your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to be less afraid of going through labor?

Consider: Lamaze or another program that helps to prepare you for the labor process. ...Read more

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What is the best positions to help labor go by quicker?

Standing: Depends on cultural seTting, but standing up and squatting has been best way to deliver. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I will tear in consecutive labors?

How likely is it that I will tear in consecutive labors?

Very: Women who tear in one labor often tear in the next. This is because the tissue that heals along the old tear site is not as strong as unscarred tissue. ...Read more

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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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I am 9 months and no pain at all or labor what should I do?

9 mo: Keep in touch with the ob/gyn. If he or she is not worried then you should not be. However current practice is to perhaps induce labor when you are ready but the ob/gyn will decide. Talk to them. ...Read more

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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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Is slower than normal labor a symptom for a specific condition?

Longer labors: Longer labors are seen in some obstetrical conditions such as twins or larger babies. Longer labors are not associated with any specific medical conditions. ...Read more

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Will it ever be possible to have a painless labor in the future?

No: There are many pain control options during labor, the most effective being an epidural. However, when labor first starts contractions will be painful, so while an epidural can relieve most pain associated with labor (although sometimes not the sensation of pressure!) it is highly unlikely that a completely painless labor exists, but we can make it more comfortable. ...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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How does child labor impact their physical and mental development?

How does child labor impact their physical and mental development?

It's bad: It deprives children with their childhood, their innocence, it can be physically harmful and dangerous. ...Read more

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I know i'll know when labor comes but just wondering how to prepare?

Resource: Check out this great site for the answer:
http://www. Whattoexpect. Com/pregnancy/labor-and-delivery/landing. Aspx. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods to eat and/or avoid around the time of labor?

Are there certain foods to eat and/or avoid around the time of labor?

Light and low: Keep it light and low in fat and fiber. You don't want to have a lot in your stomach, and those foods will stick around in your stomach longer.
Drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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If you tear after labor can they just leave it open instead of stiches?

Yes: Tearing of the vaginal tissues or the labia (external genitalia) is frequently the result of not having an episiotomy before delivery. It can be left without repair in certain cases as long as the rectum is intact. This could result is a very loose vaginal inlet leading to unsatisfactory relations. But a repair can always be done at a later date in time after healing of the tissue. ...Read more

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What are some tips and tricks I can do at home to prepare for easy labor?

The 4 F's: No, these are not the 4 F's you learned in high school, rather they are Food, Faith, Fitness and Freedom. Appropriate nutrition throughout the pregnancy coupled with an exercise program for expectant mothers. Freedom to relax and breathe through the labor process. Finally, Faith in your healthcare team and OB MD to conduct the process with dignity and respect. This may or may not guarantee "easy" ...Read more