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Contractions After Sex

By JustMommies staff

If you are heading into the last week or two of pregnancy, you may be trying anything and everything to get labor started including having sex. Sex is one of those things that everyone tells you will get labor started but it doesn’t work for everyone. It may bring on contractions for some, but for
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Losing Your Mucous Plug

By JustMommies staff

What is the mucous plug (or mucus plug)? The mucous plug is a collection of cervical mucus that seals the opening of the cervix. It keeps bacteria and infection from entering into the cervix, providing a protective barrier for the developing baby. What does the mucous plug look like? Some women describe
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Stages of Labor: Childbirth Primer

By JustMommies staff

Signs of labor can vary from person to person, but all women with the exception of cesarean sections will go through four stages of labor . When you reach your third trimester you will want to familiarize yourself with the signs of labor including bloody show, lower back pain, cramps, and contractions.
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Braxton Hicks Contractions

By JustMommies staff

Braxton Hicks contractions are the irregular intermittent contractions that occur during pregnancy. They typically begin around the 20th week of pregnancy, but may begin earlier for women who have had previous pregnancies. Braxton Hicks contractions are described by some as a tightening feeling. Some
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Did my water break? Water Breaking Signs

By JustMommies staff

Amniotic fluid surrounds your baby during pregnancy. Towards the end of pregnancy, the amount of collagen decreases in the chorion, the outer layer of the bag of water. Collagen is a fibrous connective tissue. It can be found in cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Collagen helps to strengthen the chorion
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Preterm Labor

By JustMommies staff

Preterm labor is a fear of many expectant mothers. Preterm labor is defined as labor that occurs after 20 weeks but before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Certain women are at greater risk for premature labor. Below is a list of risk factors for preterm labor and a list of symptoms of preterm labor. Risks for
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Hot Wings to Induce Labor

By JustMommies staff

Running out of ideas to get labor started? One thing overdue mommies often try to get labor going is hot and spicy foods like hot wings and what better recipe for a cranky and uncomfortable pregnant lady to try than a man tested hot wing recipe? We’re pretty sure that the guys who came up with this
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Chinese Food to Induce Labor

By JustMommies staff

When you get to your due date you might start asking around for ideas to get labor started. Everyone may have ideas for you to try – having sex, walking, nipple stimulation, drinking castor oil, and you name it. Most of these ideas are not scientifically proven and if they do work, it could just
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Five Reasons to Skip the Birth Plan and Go With the Flow

By JustMommies staff

Nearly every expectant mom considers drawing up a birth plan at some point, and there are certainly many benefits if you take the time to do so. If nothing else, it will give you an opportunity to think through and talk about all of the various choices you have. Yet some experts – as well as moms who
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Signs of Labor

By JustMommies staff

As you approach the last weeks of pregnancy, you may wonder when labor will begin, whether symptoms you may be having could be the start of labor, and when you should call your doctor or head to the hospital. There will be many signals your body will give you to let you know you are preparing for labor.
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