7 Ways to get your body ready for Labor

Childbirth is by no means easy, physically and emotional. It entails a lot of overthinking and ‘what ifs’, especially when it is your first time. Even if it is your second or third pregnancy, the experience of giving birth is different and the overwhelming feeling of what will come is still there. Thankfully, there are ways to decrease the anxiety you are feeling regarding labor and delivery, and we have listed them down for you.

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Contractions during labor: what you need to know

Contractions are a vital element in a pregnant woman’s life as this may signify so many things from a possible premature delivery of the baby to helping with the expulsion of the fetus. Knowing what the different types of contractions are and how to count them is important because it will tell if you need to go to the doctor or just rest.

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Signs of false labor

Feeling anxious as the day of your delivery approaches is totally normal. One of the signs that you are close to labor is the presence of contractions in the last month. Contractions commonly occur from time to time, but how do you differentiate false labor from true labor? When does it happen? When should you go to the hospital? Things like this bother pregnant women. We will help you understand and recognize if you are in false labor in this article.

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Precipitous labor: The misunderstood downside to very fast births

Every pregnancy is different from one mother to the other. Some may have a hard pregnancy while some do not. Some need to deliver via a cesarean section, while some can manage a vaginal delivery. Some may need to wait long hours at the delivery room while some are lucky and have a fast delivery. But is having a precipitous labor normal? When does it happen? Can I expect it for myself?

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Labor procedures and interventions

Labor consists of 4 stages. It is the longest part of childbirth, which is why it is important to know what procedures are done during the duration and what interventions can be done by your obstetrician when your pregnancy does not go as planned. These are all done to make sure that you and your baby stay safe and healthy throughout the process of labor and delivery.

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Episiotomy

Childbirth requires a lot of stamina and strength, but it also needed afterwards. Episiotomy was once a part of the childbirth routine but now it is just done only when needed. Know what episiotomy is, how it is done, how to avoid getting one and how to take care of it.

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Emergency labor: What to do if you have to give birth alone

It is your first pregnancy and you are alone at home just doing your usual house chores, then suddenly you feel your tummy contracting so much it hurts. Water flows down your legs and you realize that you are about to give birth! What do you do? Here’s a guide on how to be prepared if this happens:

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Childbirth Stage 3: Delivering a placenta

Finally – you are in the final phase of delivery! Aside from giving birth to your little bundle of joy, this is also the time to breath and relax as you are just waiting for your placenta to be delivered. Start your bonding with your little one now, but don’t forget to watch out for any signs and symptoms of possible delivery complications.

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Childbirth: Stage Two

You are almost there!! You have made it through the first stage and now you are ready to move on to the second stage! Since your cervix is fully dilated, your baby will have more space to pass through. It is now time to push your baby down through the birth canal and out into the world.

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Childbirth: Stage One

Normal vaginal spontaneous delivery is divided into 3 stages. The first stage of labor starts when you experience true labor contractions. This is when you experience stronger and more frequent abdominal cramps that somehow puts more pressure on your pelvis, which causes your cervix to dilate slowly.

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