Labor Signs Topic Guide
Labor Signs: The onset of labor is the most anticipated event of pregnancy. Early signs of labor begin between 37 and 42 weeks after the last menstrual period. Symptoms of labor signs include lightening (dropping), blood show, nesting instinct, nausea and diarrhea, increased Braxton Hicks contractions, and water breaking. False labor has different symptoms and can be recognized from true labor.
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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery (VBAC) Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (VBAC) is when a woman has had a cesarean delivery (C-section) before, and she delivers the next baby vaginally. If a woman and her doctor decide a VBAC is an option, she will have a "trial of labor," with the goal of vaginal childbirth. Despite the trial, many women still need another C-section.
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