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Doctor Tips, Weeks 27-40

Week 39

There are many ways to deal with pain in labor—but no “wrong” way. More in week 39.

Have you thought about how you want to manage your pain in labor? A few different options exist. Some women have unmedicated labors, where they use alternate techniques to deal with contractions. These can include deep breathing, position changes, massage, getting in the shower or tub, or guided imagery. Other moms will use intravenous (IV) pain medication to help ease their pain. These medications usually provide some relief, but cannot be used right before your baby delivers because they can make him or her sleepy. Others opt for epidurals—medication that is placed in your back that can make you entirely numb from the waist down, or at least numb enough to feel no or very little pain. Each option has its own risks and benefits, so it is worth thinking about and looking into now so you can be prepared.

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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020

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  1. Am told dat my due date is 5th of March, so is it a most day d baby arrive day 5th or before 5th pls I need to knw

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    1. Hi Oby, I’m not sure if I understand your question, but your due date is a (really good!) estimation of when your baby will arrive. Only a small percentage of babies are actually born on their due date, but usually are pretty close to it! Good luck!

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