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  1. 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 .

  2. 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 .

  3. 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

  4. 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 .

  5. Understanding STDs in Pregnancy -- Basic Information

    Learn more from WebMD about how STDs affect pregnancy.

  6. Understanding STDs in Pregnancy -- Treatment

    Learn more from WebMD about the treatment of STDs during pregnancy.

  7. What It Costs to Have and Raise Twins

    How much should you expect to pay for twins? This article offers a breakdown of costs at different stages of your twins’ lives: birth, first year and through high school. You will also find a sample of baby gear designed for twins.

  8. Pregnant? Keep Sex on Your Agenda

    Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to lose your mojo. Here's how to keep things fun in the bedroom and still feel comfortable and safe with your body.

  9. 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pregnancy

    WebMD provides you with a printable list of 10 key questions to ask your doctor about pregnancy.

  10. Pregnancy and Prenatal Vitamins

    WebMD helps you understand why prenatal vitamins are important for your health and the health of your unborn baby during pregnancy.

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