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Your Step-by-Step Guide to The Stages of Labor

From the first contractions through transition and birth, we get the lowdown on labor stages from Lamaze.

What Helps During Active Labor

Now labor has real momentum. Listen to your body and develop a rhythm to work with it instead of fighting against or tensing up with contractions. Do something active during the contractions, such as breathing in a pattern or moving around, and rest between contractions. As the strength of the contractions increases, so does your need for support.

All present should focus their attention on you. Changing positions frequently not only helps you stay more comfortable, but also enhances progress. The environment can influence your labor. Make it peaceful and personalize it with music and dim lights.

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Author Bio: 

By Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE. Images courtesy of Lamaze.

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