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What is labor?
Labor is the process through which the baby is born into the outside world at the end of a pregnancy.
What are the signs of labor?
Some of the more typical signs of labor include regular and painful contractions of the uterus, dilation (widening) of the cervix, a 'bloody show' - blood-stained vaginal discharge caused by the loss of the mucus plug that seals the cervix during pregnancy, …
What increases the chances of developing complications during labor?
Some risk factors that can make complications more likely include: increasing age, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
What factors can trigger a preterm labor?
While the exact causes of preterm labor remain unclear, some risk factors include: smoking; uterine and vaginal infections; structural abnormalities of the uterus and/or cervix; multiple birth (twin/triplets), and underlying conditions such as …
What can make labor pain worse?
Some measures may actually increase the pain of labor, including: lying on your back makes the uterus contract forward and puts all the weight on your back; stress and fear increase muscular tension; oxytocin can speed up labor and intensify contraction …
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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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