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What to Expect During Labor: Stage 1

Dr. Morice can attest that labor is different for everybody. Some tubal reversal patients report having a difficult labors, others seem like they don’t even notice it’s happening. While labor experiences vary, there is a set of phases that each woman goes through in labor. It’s helpful to know about these phases when you’re preparing yourself for labor, so you can recognize them as they come. Today we’ll discuss Stage 1, which includes early and active labor.

Early Labor

Preterm Labor and BirthDuring early labor, your cervix begins to dilate and efface, or thin out, to prepare for labor. This stage can last up to 3 days, so it’s not necessary to go to the hospital the second you feel a contraction.

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Glow App Has Helped 1,000 Women Get Pregnant

Max Levchin, founder of PayPal, recently founded Glow, an iPhone app designed to help women get pregnant by tracking their fertility. Glow was released 4 months ago with nobody quite sure how well it would work.Well, the results are out, and they’re impressive. Over 1,000 women have reported getting pregnant thanks to the app’s fertility tracker.

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Max Levchin explains that Glow was created for 3 reasons:

  1. To reduce the cost of healthcare by sourcing a lot of data and identifying trends.
  2. To maintain the fun and excitement of trying to conceive.
  3. To help those who end up needing fertility treatment to pay for it.

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Rate of Preterm Births Increased For Pregnant Women Exposed to Phthalates

Dr. Morice has always encouraged his tubal reversal patients to avoid exposure to toxins during pregnancy. A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that exposure to phthalates during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of preterm delivery. While phthalates are in the process of being phased out, this is an important development that emphasizes why women should take extra steps to avoid them during pregnancy. Continue reading

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