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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.

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Inducing Labor

Are there natural ways to bring on labor?

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 ruptures (bag of waters has broken) or if there has been a problem with bleeding in pregnancy (placenta previa, etc.). If you are not sure if it is safe, ask your doctor or midwife.

Folk remedies should probably be avoided. Castor oil generally just causes diarrhea and abdominal pain without actually bringing on labor. It can also cause dehydration, which is not good for either other or baby. **Actually, while castor oil causes all of the symptoms above, they have been used by mid-wives for decades and are effective. The castor oil stimulates the intestines to contract which stimulates the uterus to contract as well.**

Packaged herbal supplements are not regulated by any agency, and one never knows what is in them. Sоme have been shown to contain the wrong herbs, dangerous herbs, different concentrations than those listed, and (especially those from China) heavy metal and pesticide contamination.

Other folk remedies/suggestions include walking (not been shown to be effective, but useful as a comfort measure), nipple stimulation (minimal data, generally does not support, but may be helpful), and acupuncture (no data). They're all probably safe alternatives, although not necessarily effective.

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US Constitution

Example of unicameral?

Nebraska

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Why cant you eat before labor induction?

It's due to the fact that if for some reason you wind up needing emergency surgery (or any other reason that renders you unconscious), you won't vomit while unconscious and suffocate.

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Premature Birth

Is premature birth a preexisting condition?

No, premature birth is not at all a preexisting condition. Premature birth becomes imminent when the doctor thinks the condition of both mother and child would be safe to allow premature birth. In this way it will not be considered as a preexisting condition while applying for Medical insurance.

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Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
Labor and Birth

Can you lose your mucus plug in early pregnancy?

Depends what you mean by "early pregnancy" since it doesn't start to shape until after the first trimester. Yes you can lose it in early pregnancy, or parts of it, and see your doctor if that is what you think. It regenerates though if you lose it early. If it was the mucus plug it should have been some brown or maybe even red in it. Sometimes the normal discharge (the milky white stuff) can hang up in the vaginal area and when it comes out it can be thick and clumpy.

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What would happen if you take castor oil and you are 34 weeks going on 35 weeks?

more than likely nothing it will just make you poop,because your body is not ready to have the baby yet,and you will cramp really bad don't try it

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What does it mean when the baby is measuring three weeks bigger than he should?

I had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy and when they first found out they did a sono and told me the same thing...but when i had him he was only 5lbs 10oz, They told me sometimes measurements can be off. But if big babies run in the family or if you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes than it would be completely normal.

It depends on when the ultrasound is done. An early ultrasound will show a growing fetus, since we all start with 2 dividing cells - measurements made from any pregnancy in the first 3 months will be very similar in size, for dates.

After 16 weeks your baby's genetic make up will start effecting his growth, you may just have bigger babies than the average for your stage of pregnancy - another option is that you may have conceived 3 weeks earlier than you thought - making your baby 3 weeks further along.

Usually "large for dates", is not as concerning as a baby who starts measuring small for dates. The exception being a diabetic mom whose sugar levels are too high.

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Can you get pregnant 20 days after your period?

yes, sexual activity without any protection is always a bad idea unless looking to get pregnant. it is always a possiblity despite the time of ovulation.

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What does stillbirth mean?

When the baby is born dead.

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Can You Be 9 cm Dilated To Start Pushing?

You should only begin active pushing at full dilation (10cm). You may have an urge to push at 9cm but you need to try not pushing to allow the cervix to fully dilate. If you push before full dilation, you can cause the cervix to become swollen and this could slow down the dilation and the delivery, as well as possibly causing trauma to the cervix. If the urge to push is really strong then try some entonox (gas and air - nitrous oxide and oxygen). This can help overcome the urge to push. Your midwife will help you with this and talk you through it.

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What happens if you do not push during childbirth?

You will want to push, the body tells you to. It's harder not to push. Also if it takes too long it can get dangerous and end with a c-section.

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Tea
Inducing Labor

Will jasmine tea make a woman go into labor?

I've never heard of inducing labor through tea, but... who knows, I guess that since there are certain chemicals that can induce labor (i.e. Castor oil, or natural oxytocin) but I think that only rose-hip tea has castor, and only sexual means (usually via intercourse or nipple stimulation) causes oxytocin releases... My guess is that jasmine tea'd be fine, but one would need to consult their doctor (OB-GYN, family dr, etc...) first.

There are certain herbs that should be avoided during pregnancy but jasmine is not one. Raspberry leaf tea is traditionally drank to help contractions but it does not induce labor in itself.

Castor oil works by stimulating the bowel by causing diarrhea, the motions of which can stimulate the cervix into contracting.

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Third Trimester

What does it look like to have a baby?

If you do a websearch for "birth videos" you will find a wealth of links to different videos of birth, natural, epidural, c-sections and more. It's a search results page so have a look at the titles and watch what your looking for or watch them all.

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Literary Terminology

What is the contraction for might not?

mightn't

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Why is Hct below normal after giving birth?

Hematocrit is measures your bloods ability to carry oxygen. The less blood you have the less oxygen it can carry. You bleed about 350ml when you have a vaginal delivery. That is about the amount in a 12oz can of soda.

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When does a baby take its first breath?

when it comes out

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Labor and Birth

35 weeks pregnant and cramping?

If the cramping starts and stops you could be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions which are normal and not indicative of labor. However, if your amniotic sac breaks and your water starts escaping you are in labor. In either case you should see your doctor.

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You are only 29 weeks your doctor just told you i am half a centimeter dilated and 75 percent effaced what does this mean?

Your cervix must dilate (open up) to 10 centimeters before you can essentially, 'push' the baby out. So half a cm is good progress, though it seems a bit early at 29 weeks? 75% effaced: you have to be 100% effaced (thinned out) for the cervix to fully dilate & ready to deliver the baby. So you're just about finished there.

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Healthcare Coverage While Pregnant
Stress

Can stress and upset prevent labor?

prevent i dont think so. stress can make you go into labor .

calm down and take it easy ..

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What is the year birth of Mahomet?

571

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Pigs

What is the act of parturition for sheep?

This is when the ewe is giving birth, you can also call it lambing.

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Midwives and Doulas

Can a man be a midwife?

Absolutely, but it is not very common. There are male nurses, which is similar but male midwives will specialize in attending/assisting births.

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Present Tenses
The Difference Between

What is a transverse lie?

Transverse lie is when the baby is laying sideways in the uterus. Sometimes you can get them to change positions before labor starts. Sometimes your care provider can do what is called an external version where they manually scoot your baby into a better position.

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Can your sexual position increase your chances of becoming pregnant?

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 TopWoman on top, bottom, sideways, upside down, it doesn't matter. Healthy, motile sperm along with fertile mucus that secretes from the woman will guide the spermies right up to where they should be.

I don't believe the whole position thing ... the best way to help is to make sure YOU get off because the orgasm causes your cervix to be stimulated and it will pick up more semen. Also, you can lay on your back with a pillow under your butt afterwards to help keep it all in, if you are that desperate. Just keep trying, it will happen. If it doesn't by six months then go talk to your doctor.

You can get pregnant in any postition but experts say that the woman on top position is the worst when trying to conceive and the missionary, woman on the bottom, is one the best. Also tilt your pelvis back with a pillow to keep those little guy in there.

Well the woman on top isn't the worse cause I for one got pregnant from being on top so there is still the chance. I did hear, and my roommate can vouch for cause it happened to her, Do it doggy style and then turn over and lay on your back. helps "stir" them up.

I believe you and your partner are trying too hard to get pregnant. My cousin and his wife tried for many months. You need to not have sex for about 2 weeks and then enjoy each other.. keep trying this and see what happens.. if nothing happens in a few months I would see what a doctor says. Positions don't matter. Only the egg and sperm need to meet. actually, yes: if the woman has an irregular uterus that is tipped or folded the wrong way, regular missionary can cause it to fold over on itself and thus make conception more problematic. if she has, for example, a uterus that is tipped forward instead of backward like it normally would be, then doggy-style position would allow the uterus to fall back into the proper position and "open things up", as it were.

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I have to say that I think some of the above answers are really inconsiderate from their tone. Speaking from someone that has gone through miscarriages and problems with conceiving, you want to know answers to these questions no matter how trival they may seem to the women who have been lucky enough to conceive straight away.

All I can say to those women who are trying to conceive is not to put to much stress on yourself and just work out your ovulation time. Consult your doctor and get their advice as well.

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