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Private Practice: Since 1980 to the present
Board-Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Infertility, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Ob/Gyn, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
MD: University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
Instructor: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christ Community Hospital,
MacNeal Memorial Hospital and Palos Community Hospital
Dr. Miller

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

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Recognizing Labor

The beginning of labor is the beginning of birth. You'll start to feel strong contractions. That's when the muscles of your uterus tighten up to help push your baby out during birth.

Woman having labor pains

Yes, Labor Has Probably Started If:

  • Your contractions are getting stronger instead of weaker. You'll probably feel them throughout your whole uterus.

  • Your contractions are regular (you feel them about every 5 minutes) and they are getting more painful.

  • You have pink-colored or blood-streaked fluid from your vagina.

  • Your water breaks. It may be a gush or a slow trickle of clear fluid from your vagina.

No, It's Probably Not Real Labor If:

  • Your contractions aren't regular or strong.

  • You feel the contractions only in your lower uterus.

  • Your contractions go away when you walk or change position.

  • Your contractions go away after drinking fluids.

NOTE: Contractions are timed by both of these measures:

  • The length of each contraction from its start to its finish.

  • How far apart the contractions are- the time between the start of one contraction and the start of the next one.

When to Call Your Health Care Provider

Call your doctor or clinic right away if you notice any of these signs:

  • Fluid from your vagina, with or without contractions.

  • Bleeding heavy enough that you need a sanitary pad.

  • You don't feel your baby moving as much as before.

Publication Source: American Pregnancy Association

Publication Source: Dr. Spock.com

Online Source: American Pregnancy Association

Online Source: Dr. Spock.com

Date Last Reviewed: 2005-12-11T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

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