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The Process of Childbirth

The event you’ve been anticipating for months is around the corner and you’re curious, maybe slightly worried, about the signs of labor. How will it feel? When will it happen? How long will my labor be? How will I know it is time? Every birth is different but we can help you identify some labor signs to watch for.

Signs of Labor

The first step towards labor occurs one to four weeks before baby comes. Before labor can begin, your baby will have to descend into your pelvis to get into position for their big exit. You might find you’re waddling more and taking lots of bathroom breaks due to baby’s new position. Though there is more pressure on your bladder, your lungs should have some more breathing room as baby moves down.
As baby lowers, your body begins its own preparations. The cervix begins to dilate and efface days or weeks before delivery. Your vaginal discharge will increase during the last few weeks of pregnancy to help the passage of the baby. You might feel increased cramps and back pains as your muscles and joints shift and ... Read more

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Ana Paula Markel, Professional Doula, explains the three different stages of childbirth and what each stage entails and how long it typically lasts
OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, shares advice on various methods that can help to induce labor in women if you are after your due date
OBGYN Mike Brisinger, MD, explains whether or not it is safe to eat or drink while in labor, and why it can be a bad idea if you have to have an emergency section
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Ana Paula Markel, Doula, explains the early signs of labor to watch out for so you know that you should call your doctor or head to the hospital
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