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Stages of Labor

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Your birth experience will be unique, with its own sensations and rhythms. But there are some basic stages that all women will go through during the birth process. Learn more about what to expect during the stages of labor.
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Eating in Labor

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'Can I eat while I'm in labor?' It's a good idea to ask your health care provider, who may give the thumbs-up for you to snack on certain foods during early labor. Find out more, including which foods your provider might suggest.
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Pregnancy Calendar:

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Your body is rapidly undergoing new and exciting changes every day. Our pregnancy calendar walks you through the journey from week 4 to week 40. It's our step-by-step guide to every gurgle, kick, and craving!
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I am 22 weeks pregnant. I was diagnosed with a complete placenta previa at an earlier ultrasound. A recent one showed I have two lobes of placenta on either side of my cervix. I don't understand what this means -- is this more dangerous then having a complete placenta previa?
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At 35 weeks, how do I know if my baby has "dropped" yet?
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When will I start feeling Braxton-Hicks? How will I know the difference between them and real labor contractions?
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Does having a version work to change the baby's position?Read on and see how our experts have answered this question, and others like it.
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Is it dangerous to take castor oil to help induce labor?
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What's an episiotomy?

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What's an episiotomy? Read on and see how our experts have answered this question, and others like it.
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Can you explain what it means to be 50 percent effaced?
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Is it true that on your second pregnancy the labor is faster? And if so, how is that possible?
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What happens exactly when your water breaks? Silly question, I know, but when you're new at this, there are a lot of questions.
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For centuries women have tried to induce their labors with such "natural" methods as eating hot spicy foods, taking castor oil, or giving themselves enemas.
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Is there a safe way to get labor started at 40 weeks?
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Will Lamaze classes really help me with childbirth?
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Life Skills

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Remember your childbirth class, and those breathing and relaxation techniques you learned? Turns out that these skills can be put to good use throughout your life, not just in labor. Learn more.
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Did you know that in the United States twin births have gone up 70 percent since 1980? Or that triplet births have gone up 400 percent since 1980?
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All About Prematurity

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Today's fragile babies benefit from science and medicine's continuing discoveries. From myths to causes, the prematurity story so far.
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