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10 Things No One Tells You About Labor


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Induced Labor Really Hurts More
Despite what you might think, induced labor hurts more than letting nature take its course.
Despite what you might think, induced labor hurts more than letting nature take its course.
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Remember what we said about labor hurting? OK, that not-so-shocking nugget wasn't released from the national brain trust. But we're still pretty sure no one's mentioning this one: Running a contraction-inducing cocktail through your preggo veins results in extra pain.

If you get in a rush to debut your baby to the world, the hurt piles on. That's because induced labor is like normal labor on an espresso diet. Contraction-inducing drugs like Pitocin jumpstart and speed the labor process; your cervix is likely to dilate more quickly because of the increased frequency of contractions, and this can make it more difficult to cope using natural methods. Of course, there are plenty of good reasons to induce labor. Doing so could even save your baby's life. But you need to know that if your doc orders a Pitocin drip, you'll feel the squeeze -- squared.


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