Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Childbirth Class

We had our second childbirth class yesterday. Three more to go. Yesterday we learned about the stages of labor.
They are:
-Early labor which contains active labor and transition.
-Pushing which is pretty self-explanatory.
-Delivering the placenta which is also self-explanatory.

Most people go to the hospital during active labor (several hours after early labor starts).  We also learned the signs of true labor pains (instead of Braxton-Hicks "practice" contractions). 
The signs of real labor are:
-Pain starts in the back (or legs) and radiates around to the front.
-The labor pains don't stop.
-The pains don't change if you change activities.
-The pains increase in intensity.
-There is a regular pattern.

What glorious things to look forward to.

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