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Updated July 01, 2014

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Contractions During Childbirth
Contractions During Childbirth
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Contractions during childbirth are what is best known about labor. A contraction is simply the uterine muscle tightening and releasing, opening the cervix, the mouth of the uterus.

 

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  • Your baby is still moving during labor. This is typically less movement than before labor, but many moms can still notice the movements that their baby is making.
  • Fetal monitoring may be used to monitor contractions as well as your baby's heart rate.
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