Labor + delivery FAQs

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Join pediatric nurse, midwife and Motherly's Digital Education Editor Diana Spalding as she answers your frequently asked labor and delivery questions.

What should I do if my water breaks?

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

What is a 'gentle' C-section?

Can I be dilated before labor begins?

Can I breastfeed after a C-section?

What can I expect during a scheduled C-section?

What do contractions feel like?

Do epidurals take away the pain of childbirth?

What happens when you're induced?

How do I prepare for an unmedicated birth?

What is the 'ring of fire'?

How can I prevent preterm labor?

Is it common to tear during birth?

Can I induce labor naturally?

Will I poop in labor?

When should I go to the hospital during labor?

Can I have a vaginal birth after a C-section (VBAC)?

What happens during a C-section?

How long does it take to recover from a C-section?

What are the three stages of labor?

Can I eat and drink during early labor?

When do I lose my mucus plug?

What's the difference between false labor and early labor?

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