Labor and Delivery - Signs of Labor
Callor other emergency services immediately if you:Have had fluid gushing or leaking from your vagina (the amniotic sac has ruptured) AND you know or think the umbilical cord is bulging into your vagina (cord prolapse). If this happens, immediately get down on your knees, dropping your head and upper body lower than your buttocks to decrease pressure on the cord until help arrives. Cord prolapse .
Labor and Delivery - Stages of Labor
The second stage of active labor is the actual birth, when the baby is pushed out by the tightening uterine muscles (contractions). During the second stage:Uterine contractions will feel different. Though they are usually regular, they may slow down to every 2 to 5 minutes, lasting 60 to 90 seconds. If your labor stalls, changing positions may help. If not, your health professional may recommend .
Labor and Delivery - Right After the Birth
After you deliver your baby, your mind and your body may have separate agendas. Within the first 30 minutes after your baby is born, you will want to be getting to know your baby. Meanwhile, your uterus will continue contracting as the placenta detaches and passes from the uterus. This is called the third stage of labor. You may be given oxytocin to help this process along. Your contractions will
Labor and Delivery - Types of Delivery
The first stage of active labor starts when the cervix is about to dilated. This stage is complete when the cervix is fully dilated and effaced and the baby is ready to be pushed out. See an illustration of cervical effacement. During the last part of this stage (transition), labor becomes particularly intense.Compared with early labor, the contractions during the first stage of active labor are .
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