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Arm yourself with information before you have that first contraction. Ask questions here about the delivery process, signs of labor, procedures done during labor, medications given and safety precautions.
The deliver of a baby varies from woman to woman.
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I truly wish you the best of luck. I am not at all trying to scare you TRUST ME. I have one daughter, whom I was in labor with for 33 1/2 hours,thanks to the epidural. When I did feel the pain, I just thought to myself........ almost ever woman in the world does it, "I can do it", and the pain does …
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%DETAILS% "One thing you should do is research childbirth methods so that you know what you are looking for in a class ... do this early, because many classes fill up way in advance, and Bradley classes last 8-12 weeks depending on the instructor! Typical Lamaze classes are 6 weeks. Some other cl…
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No. IVs are not absolutely necessary to give birth. If you can take fluids by mouth, and are not dehydrated, you don't need one. However, if you deliver in a hospital, one may be started routinely (unless you object). If you wish to have an epidural, it is mandatory. If you are having a …
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Yes, you can, but it is something you should discuss with your obstetrician. First, you have to consider the reasons for the previous cesarian sections. If they were one time problems (breech presentation, placenta previa), then a vaginal birth is something to consider. If your previous cesari…
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%DETAILS% It is likely that your pelvic bone will still be too small. But talk to your doctor, if you choose you may be able to try again for a vaginal birth. There is a risk of your uterus rupturing with a vaginal birth after having a c section. But it is possible to have a vbac (vaginal birth …
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Yes, if proper care is taken
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I don't think they would induce someone because of back pains. But two weeks early isn't always early. The due date can be off by two weeks before or after. It is an educated guess. I can't guess if she fibbed about the due date or not because two weeks isn't a lot when counting the due date. &nbs…
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True labor will not usually stop. Labor that stops is, by definition, false labor. False labor is common, especially in a second or third (or fourth, etc.) pregnancy. These contractions, however, are useful in that they help prepare the cervix for labor by softening it, thinning it out, and d…
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%REPLIES% Answer Some babies are more active than others. If your baby is moving within the "standard", then I wouldn't worry or try to make her move any more. Sometimes you won't feel her moving when you are busy doing things even if she is, so if you want to feel her move for your peace of …
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You can, of course, get pregnant having intercourse in almost any position. However any position where the female is sitting, standing, or bending over should be avoided when you're trying to conceive. The sperm may have a very difficult time, if not impossible, getting to your lady's cervix. On T…
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One of the few natural ways to stimulate labor that actually works is sexual intercourse. Seminal fluid contains prostaglandins, the same hormonal substances used by doctors to for cervical preparation and stimulation of contractions. Sexual intercourse should be avoided if the membranes are ruptu…
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Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies - however, most of these horrible infections can be prevented. Many western countries test women for GBS late in pregnancy, and then offer those found to carry GBS intravenous antibiotics …
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There are no hard a fast rules. In theory, a women should be able to have as many children by cesarian as she wants. In reality, it all comes down to how well a woman's body heals. UTERUS: for some women, the uterus heals with a thick lower segment. In this case, many sections are possible…
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There are no studies which show that premature labor is hereditary, but it is worth letting your obstetrician know if you have such a history. It is also worthwhile to be more vigilant about premature contractions during your pregnancy.
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HI, I am a mother of 2 3/4 meaning I already have two girls and am 35 weeks pregnant with my third :) As to your question....I ahev lost my plug with all three and never had alot of blood with it...The only time I had any blood was 5 minutes before i went into labor with my first child...I would say…
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I don't think that frequent hic-ups during pregnancy are anything to worry about. Every body is different and many women experience different "symptoms" during pregnancy - it's all about how YOUR body reacts. When your contractions are regular and occurring every 4-5 minutes, you should call your do…
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Because you are very lucky! All women are different. Some dilate to higher numbers and 100% effaced and don't feel a thing. Just luck of the draw. It doesn't mean anything is wrong or that the labor will be better or worse in later stages. It just means that you are having a very easy labor up to no…
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The state of being pregnant, or carrying a developing fetus inside the body. Pregnancy is the time you are pregnant
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it is dangerous, you need to let nature take its course. The baby needs a little more time for the lungs to develop and to gain weight. Also if you are not ready "term" 37 weeks to 40 it WILL NOT work. I did it with my first. You have never had a stomach ache like this will cause!!!! Yuck. It will c…
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Yes, it helps you to focus when it is time, Know what the doctors are saying, Have less frustration and it could increase the chance that your partner will stay awake during this wonderful time.
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Usually what it does from what I understand is it brings on diarhea and it could feel like you are in labor from the abdominal pains it can cause.   The above answer is referring to CASTOR oil, not cod liver oil.   One week before i was due my mother tried everything to put me in labor…
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Sometimes there is less movement when the baby is still growing. Ask your doctor about this. Maybe they can suggest what's called a non-stress test or even an ultrasound.  At this point in your pregnancy you are supposed to feel some sort of movement at least once an hour. I'm 33 weeks and tha…
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They will not induce your labor unless your water breaks or you have a serious health condition anytime before 38 weeks. Usually for a normal pregnancy they will wait until 41 or 42 weeks. If you go any later than that, personally I think you should demand to be induced because you baby is being put…
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ADD is a brain wiring pattern, and is a genetic trait. So, yes, if it is ADD, it was likely present at birth. It usually won't be noticed at birth, however.
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The baby will be considered a USA citizen because he/she was born here but have to go through some paperwork.
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Yes people who are pregnant should apply especially if your family not helping and you still live with your family
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It depends on what you will be doing, and of course on your employer. Needless to say it is a good safeguard for both parties. In some states, if you are doing child or health care you have to be bonded and have a background check (usually by the state police). There are bond companies(check the yel…
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I agree with what a lot of you have said. I find a lot of narcissists at the gym. They are so fixated on their looks and many go to become "hot" and to acquire an enviable look. They act cold, arrogant, and soulless many of them. Few, if any, will deign to hold the door for another entering or leav…
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I can't believe you're asking strangers online this question. This is about the health and well-being of your baby. The warning of "if you are pregnant or nursing ....." is on the back of pretty much every over-the counter-drug on the market. For a reason. So you can count on stronger drugs being a …
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Actually, it's best to think about when is the best time to finish your classes! Aim for a class that finishes about a month before your due date. This allows you a few weeks in case you are early, but not too much time ahead that you will forget everything you have learnt! Most antenatal teachers w…
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I was born two months early, and I had a very low birth weight, and was small. Beside that I was perfectly healthy. My mother however had many complications. it is very likely that the child will be very smal and probably have a lot of health problems but as long as these health problems don't kil…
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Answer You will want to reassure yourself by a doctor's word. However it's very common to slightly urinate on yourself this far along. In your sleep the baby could have kicked/hit your bladder and caused this. Then when you woke up from being startled, you went and emptied your bladder. When your…
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Answer First, it greatly depends on whether or not you are breastfeeding. Not only is it the VERY best for baby, but it helps you lose weight and is quite reliable when it comes to birth control! there is a possibility. im not sure how much but there is a possibility of pregnancy. some women…
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Stinging and pressure is usually from the head resting low on the cervix, pelvis, and pubic bone. Signs of labor are steady contractions--most feel like a back ache at first or period cramps that flow up your abdomen. I was concerned about this as well because I experience the same, and cannot sleep…
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At 35 weeks why would you want to hurry things along? You will birth a preemie with complications if you deliver now. It is unsafe to induce or encourage labor before 39 weeks unless you have specific medical complications that make continuing the pregnancy unsafe.
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Answer I am currently 32 weeks and am dialated almost 2 cm. I started to dialate at 29 weeks. My doc said I need to go another two weeks before I can have the baby safely. In Nevada, where I live, once you dialate to 4 cm, they automatically put you into the hospital to have the baby and will ind…
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There are no studies showing ill effects of pot on an unborn baby, however not eating right or having prenatal care is not good at all.. She needs to be taking prenatal vitamins, and seeing her OB on a strict schedule for both her health and the baby's. The above answer is correct. Malnutrition is …
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The great mystery.. sometimes weeks before, and then the plug rebuilds itself.. sometimes days before.. sometimes not until you are ready to deliver. .it's not really a trustworthy sign of impending labor. I've been loosing my plug for about 3 weeks now, with no labor. For some it is a sign of lab…
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A dogs normal heat cycle is around every 6 months. Some dogs will start a little longer or it could happen a little sooner. My female bleeds during each cycle. Their cycle does not change even if they have a litter. For example, If a dog comes into heat in January and gets pregnant and has a litter …
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Honestly I have never heard of such as this. When you dialate the baby comes down a little more. It keeps you from closing back up. Now it could very well be that you could close slightly but not shrink back down. Also sometimes a doctor or nurse measures you more than you have actually dialated--ma…
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Using water in your labour, and having a 'natural' birth will greatly increase your chances of having a rewarding, positive and less painful birth. Having a water birth will help lessen your chances of tearing, it will help relax you (which means you aren't fighting the contractions, which means the…
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It may be due to a nerve pinching and may get some relief if you increase your B12 intake. Ones in maternal vitamins may not be enough. COntact your health care provider if that might be the case for you. What you are probably feeling is RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME. It is common in pregnant women, and is…
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Sometimes you get a nesting instinct and have to clean your house from top to bottom. You may crave carbohydrates, go with this because they don't call it labor for nothing. The Braxton-Hicks contractions get stronger. The baby may get less active or more active. You may have a 'show', a blood stre…
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It doesn't induce labor, it just causes contractions. And it's anything with real raspberry in it. The contractions won't necessarily put you into labor, but you'll get the pain still. It actually ripens your cervix getting it ready for the birth. I have been taking it for a few weeks now and noth…
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Need to correct the above answer. At 37weeks your baby is not considered premature. At 37 weeks you are considered full-term! At 34 weeks pregnant, Your baby has not fully developed his/her lungs. That will not be developed til 37 weeks and will still be considered premature at that age. If your ju…
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2 days after dates is not really overdue. If all is well you should have at least another week before you need think about induction. If the baby is about the same size and you are healthy and your last labor was normal you will probably have another normal labor.Good Luck   Every one of your…
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A term pregnancy is between 37 and 42 weeks form the start of the last period, that is 35-40 weeks from conception. The earlier a baby is born before this the more dangerous it is. Most babies born after 28 weeks will be ok but before that it gets a more problematical. The youngest baby EVER to su…
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The umbilical cord is the only source of nutrition to a fetus. It provides nutrition from the mother and returns waste products to the mother for disposal. In other words, it is essential to the life of the fetus. At birth, the umbilicus is discarded, along with the placenta, but evidence of it�s …
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So many states, so many answers. Google midwiife licensing in your state. You should find itIn the UK, you need:. At least 5 GCSE passes grades A*-C, including English language, maths and a science. Some universities ask for 7 or even 8 GCSE grades A*-C. You also need at least 3 A Levels, offers ran…
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Answer There are a number of natural methods: take a long walk eat spicy foods (with chili peppers) have sex with an orgasm and hips elevated to allow sperm to rest on the cervix eat, drink or insert herbs such as flaxseed oil, black or blue cohosh, evening primrose oil, cumin seed, GoldS…
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Psychologically, after any childbirth you may feel a great rush of love, pride, achievement, relief, all the emotions mixed up. You may laugh, you may cry. You may feel none of these things, childbirth is an exhausting business, it is not called labor for nothing. If you mean physical feelings. If …
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Unless your name is Mary, it's highly unlikely you are a pregnant virgin. BUT, that's not the point. If you have never been sexually penetrated but are pregnant, you can, and will, still give birth the same way everyone else does. The great myth about virginity is that you are somehow sealed shut f…
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All the time. As soon as a document is filed by an official agency (local, state, national, etc.) it is deemed a publicly available record.
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Answer No it's not. I started with backaches then menstrual problems then went into labor 5 days later. Answer it soinds as though things are starting with you. Good Luck Answer These could either be the start of labor or a 'warm - up' to it. Either way it is a sign that your body …
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The mucous plug is a collection of cervical mucus that seals the opening of the cervix. It keeps bacteria and infection from entering into the cervix, providing a protective barrier for the developing baby. Some women describe the mucous plug as looking more like the mucous in your nose. It may loo…
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Although castor oil doesn't always work, when and IF it does, it will usually take between 6-8 hours to start contractions. The diarrehea usually lasts 3-6 hours. If it's been longer than that, chances are you'll just have a really sore bum that will be in dire need of a tucks pad. This is an o…
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Your water can break at any time, it does not mean your labour has started. If your water goes very early, before the baby is able to survive outside the uterus you will have to be very carefully monitored to ensure you do not get an infection. the tear in the bag may heal itself but if it does not …
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I don't know where you got this weird idea that the baby of a fat mother will die in a matter of hours, but that is not true. Being fat will, on the average, reduce your life expectancy, but it does not harm your baby. If the baby grows up to be a fat person like his or her mother, then there will a…
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Let mom take care of her babies! If one is born dead, she'll know what to do. Don't massage the kits, try not to touch them at all. Consult a vet if you'd really like to. But just sit back, don't bother her or the kits, and just let Nature take course.
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Supposedly it can be very bad for the baby. It will give you diarhea and as you know that causes a lot of pain, cramping, and pushing of the stomache muscles that MAY cause you to get sick enough to push enough to dilate, however they say the health risk is not worth it. Try red leaf tea, intercours…
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Pretty good, many babies have been born a lot earlier than that Even babies born as early as 25 weeks now have a good chance of surviving.More than 90% of premature babies who weigh 800 grams (a little less than two pounds) or more survive.Those who weigh more than 500 grams (a little more than 1 po…
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Answer Ask, "what would you like for me to do?" Everyone's different. Just ask what she needs and do it!
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Answer premature labor or else she wasn't really six months pregnant most time if there is a problem with the baby she can go into premature labor or if she has some type of illness that can bring premature labor and because she is a idot who has never heard of a f***ing condom
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Inducing before 39 weeks is dangerous for your baby, who would be born a preemie. Don't do it.
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Answer Goldfish lay eggs when water temperatures and other conditions are right for them. They do not give birth to babies. Goldfish as well as many other fish species spawn in the spring.
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Answer Caster oil may help bring on labour for some women - not everyone though. A normal pregnancy length is considered to be 38-40 weeks. Therefore if you are only 36.4 weeks, I would suggest you wait just a little bit longer. Wait until you are 38 weeks. It is more likely to give you colic an…
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Answer These are terms used during childbirth to indicate the progression of labor. Once you get to that point, the kid is on it's way and you probably should stay near the hospital. If you are having contraction pains the answer above is probably correct but many women walk around for days a…
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Nesting really isn't a reliable sign of impending labor. Most first time mothers give birth around 41+ weeks if they are not induced. Answer The doctors and many people tell you any where from now to 2 weeks.
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Raspberry Leaf tea is not for induction of labor. It's great to drink during your third trimester, however, to tone the uterus. It's said to aid in having better, more effective contractions and quicker labor. It is not dangerous and the recommendation is three cups a day from the start of your thi…
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NO. It does not cost more to have a boy than a girl , babies are all delivered the same way. Shouldn't be much different except for the circumcision, if that's something you elect to do. Raising girls generally costs more, since you have to buy so much for them. But boys cost a lot since they tend t…
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Answer By 'lying in the brim' we mean that the baby's head is just at the top of the bony pelvis (pelvic brim) so the head is not engaged but almost certainly will be soon. As you have only 4 weeks until your due date it sounds as though everything is going in the right direction - that is downwa…
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I have heard that it is best to have it removed. My doctor told me it might cause problems with natural birth and also, chances of getting pregnant is lower, or might take longer, because of the blockage... I just went through the removal process which included a minor surgery. It is under general a…
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To be a midwife the basic personal qualifications you will need to be is: Caring person Willing to help other people Calm Kind
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No.The Old Testament states in at least one place that a person who sins, but doesn't realize that it's sin, is not held accountable for that sin until he learns that it is a sin, at which point the person needs to make atonement. This led to the conclusion of the "age of accountability," which mean…
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Answer walking a lot is helpful--- i myself had false labor pain and i walk the whole park 5 times a day and when it was time to give birth it took me 2 hours to have my baby but don't forget the water and also sorry to be in your business ..a lot of sex help too... believed me i try this and it …
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There is no set time. Could be long, could be short. There are to many variables here to make a prediction.The maximum time should be 24 hours, longer than that and you have the problem of infection.
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do a coolant pressure test.
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I heard this rumour. I am into my 41st week and have been in slow labour for a number of days. I have ate 4 whole pineapples and walked 3 miles a day aswell as drinking red raspberry leaf tea. Nothing has made my labour progress you just have to wait for your baby to be ready yes, in asia, pineappl…
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Answer no. a mucus plug will have blood in it. Answer Yes it can. Sometimes it is very little and sometimes it is a great big sticky mess A mucous plug does not always come out at once. A lot of times it comes out a little at a time over a period of time. It can have blood in it or look like…
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Answer It can take quite a while. It is longer if your nursing. I have 4 children and nursed the last 3. With the first, I had a period two months later. With the 2nd and 3rd, it was 6 months, and with the 4th, it was 15 months. I wowldn't worry about it. Enjoy not having it! ANSWER It is tru…
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Who cares they are only on your body so men can suckle on them
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I'd discuss it with my teacher first. It shouldn't make a major difference in most cases, unless the age is off by more than a year or two. And you can always contact the Kukkiwon and make arrangements to have it re-issued, but the cost and time may not be worth the effort.I would wait until my next…
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***I had my son at 35 1/2 wks and he weighed 6 lbs 2 oz and he got to come home when I did I had him on Friday and brought him home on Sunday Til they weigh 5lbs unless they have other medical issues that have to be addressed.
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Answer I had a c-section with my son and if I'am looked down on so be it! It saved my sons life he was breach and I feel it is a safer way to have a child. My friends son died because he got stuck in the birth canal. I'am all woman and I'am for c-sections! Answer I am too for c-sections becau…
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In 1975 George Bell of Australia shot a drive of 550 yards on the 577 yard 6th hole at St. Michaels in Sydney Australia. (He three putted for birdie) Because this was not in a PGA event, the record is not recognised. Bell was also recorded as driving 319 yards on the fly at the 1971 King of the Rive…
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Answer By the time you have read this I bet you have delivered your baby, you probably had it within 2 hours of writing the question. --------------- I am 40 weeks, 5 cm dilated and 75% effaced - have been since last Friday (it's now Monday). I say that your baby will come when he/she is good a…
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It depends greatly on the qualifications of the doula, the services you want (how much time you will want her to spend with you), geographic areas, etc. In my area, the Pacific Northwest, doulas run around $250-600, but in big cities such as Seattle, SF, LA, etc., they could run upwards of $1200-150…
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Almost all babies are born with blue or grayish colored eyes. Eye color will begin to change around 6 months of age and the eyes should have turned to their natural color by the baby's first birthday.My little girl was born with dark greenish eyes. At age 1 we realized they were hazel for sure, and …
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In labourBack pain - particularly lower back pain can definitely be an indicator of labour onset.Labor pains are exactly the same as menstrual cramps, so you may be going into labor.Unfortunately they may die away and come back later, it is very frustrating. If they are getting frequent and regular …
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It is very young but you can do it. You can apply for some type of financial assistance and go to university down the road. I was 26 with my first and only child and honestly there would of been no difference if i was 16 cause i was with an abuser. It does not matter what anyone thinks. There are wo…
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3x a of 500 mg Do not use black cohosh to induce labor. It thins out the blood so you bleed more during labor. If you ask your doctor he will tell you not to take anything to induce but stick to safe methods like spicy food, walks and sex.
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Being the Mother of 3 and now the Memaw of 2 this is an easy question for me to answer, the rule to remember is count back 3 months from your last period and add 7 days. So that would make the date of conception October 9 2006 :-)
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Answer If it is your first baby this is about what you would expect, the baby will come when it is ready. 2/6/2008: I'm sure since you have already had 2 children that you are aware of what your body is telling you and are just anxious about the baby coming "early"... perhaps you are looking for…
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Answer This is a technique used by a healthcare provider to determine the baby's position in the womb - both facing (up or down) and lie (to the left or right).
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A good foot rub and sex could definitely trigger labor or long walk spicy food can't hurt. Having an orgasm with sex has been known to help and nipple stimulation believe it or not
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A pregnancy test MAY show positive from about 10 days after ovulation. But the period may still come. I am not sure what the first answer means.
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