Childbirth

When you are ready to have your baby, you'll go through labor. Contractions let you know labor is starting. When contractions are five minutes apart, your body is ready to push the baby out. During the first stage of labor, your cervix slowly opens, or dilates, to about 4 inches wide. At the same time, it becomes thinner. This is called effacement. You shouldn't push until your uterus is fully effaced and dilated. When it is, the baby delivery stage starts. Crowning is when your baby's scalp comes into view. Shortly afterward, your baby is born. The placenta that nourished the baby follows.

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Perinatal depression may increase cardiovascular disease risk

Perinatal depression may increase cardiovascular disease risk

Perinatal depression linked to higher long-term cardiovascular disease risk in women

Perinatal depression linked to higher long-term cardiovascular disease risk in women

Lateral episiotomy reduces risk of severe perineal trauma in first-time mothers

Lateral episiotomy reduces risk of severe perineal trauma in first-time mothers

Study reveals doubling of chronic hypertension in pregnancy from 2008 to 2021 in the U. S.

Study reveals doubling of chronic hypertension in pregnancy from 2008 to 2021 in the U. S.

Montana creates emergency ‘drive-thru’ blood pickup service for rural ambulances

Montana creates emergency ‘drive-thru’ blood pickup service for rural ambulances

How do extreme weather conditions impact maternal health in low-income and middle-income countries?

How do extreme weather conditions impact maternal health in low-income and middle-income countries?

New analysis shows cost-effectiveness of lifesaving package for post-partum hemorrhage

New analysis shows cost-effectiveness of lifesaving package for post-partum hemorrhage

Study links PFAS exposure to increased cardiovascular disease risk in postmenopausal women

Study links PFAS exposure to increased cardiovascular disease risk in postmenopausal women

Long-term study reveals safety of metformin use during pregnancy

Long-term study reveals safety of metformin use during pregnancy

Study reveals alarming rates of postpartum depression among mothers in six countries

Study reveals alarming rates of postpartum depression among mothers in six countries

Climate change threatens health in Europe: Urgent action needed to protect vulnerable populations

Climate change threatens health in Europe: Urgent action needed to protect vulnerable populations

Their first baby came with medical debt. These Illinois parents won’t have another.

Their first baby came with medical debt. These Illinois parents won’t have another.

Medically aided conception vs. natural conception: Study explores cancer risk in children

Medically aided conception vs. natural conception: Study explores cancer risk in children

Personalized screening approach may better predict preeclampsia in the first trimester of pregnancy

Personalized screening approach may better predict preeclampsia in the first trimester of pregnancy

Quitting smoking during pregnancy prevents placental-fetal weight mismatch

Quitting smoking during pregnancy prevents placental-fetal weight mismatch

Age and sex impact antimicrobial resistance levels, research shows

Age and sex impact antimicrobial resistance levels, research shows

Are parental psychiatric disorders related to the risk of autism spectrum disorder in the offspring?

Are parental psychiatric disorders related to the risk of autism spectrum disorder in the offspring?

Public funding for single embryo transfer cuts multifetal pregnancy rates in IVF

Public funding for single embryo transfer cuts multifetal pregnancy rates in IVF

Study highlights nutrition therapy's potential to manage gestational diabetes effectively

Study highlights nutrition therapy's potential to manage gestational diabetes effectively

California legislators debate froot loops and free condoms

California legislators debate froot loops and free condoms

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