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It can be hard to tell when you are truly in labor. Contractions (belly tightening) are the main sign of labor. They last from 30 to 60 seconds and might feel like period cramps at first.
False labor pains (called “Braxton Hicks” contractions) can happen anytime in pregnancy, but are more common toward the end.
Here’s how to tell if you’re in true labor or false labor. If you’re not sure, call your health care professional right away.
You do not need to have all symptoms to be in true labor.
The sooner in pregnancy good careÂ begins, the better for theÂ health of both moms and their babies. Here’s what to expect.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
Find out what the experts have to say.
The reality of labor and birth may seem extremely far off – but now’s the time to start planning for your baby by creating a birth plan that details your wishes.
Find out why doctors may induce labor if you’re past your due date, how it may be done, and how it may affect you and your baby.
Learning all you can about childbirth pain is one of the best ways to help you deal with it when the time comes.
Epidurals can make giving birth more calm, controlled, and comfortable. Find out more.
Many babies are delivered via cesarean sections. Learn why and how C-sections are done.
After giving birth, you’ll notice you’ve changed somewhat – both physically and emotionally. Here’s what to expect after labor and delivery.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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