Labor & Birth

Can I Say No to Cervical Checks in Pregnancy or Labor?

If you’re pregnant, you may be worried about cervical checks, especially if you have a high cervix or aren’t comfortable with the idea.   What are cervical exams? Cervical exams involve a medical care provider inserting gloved fingers into your…

When will my Doctor Start Checking my Cervix for Dilation?

Towards the end of pregnancy, it can feel like every week closer to your due date drags more slowly. It can be exciting to hear that your cervix is dilating, effacing, or that your baby has engaged or dropped.  …

What Does Your Amniotic Fluid (Waters) Smell Like?

Although only 10-15% of labors begin with a woman’s waters breaking, it’s not always easy to know if it’s your waters, discharge or an accident. So what does amniotic fluid smell like?   It doesn’t have the ammonia or acidic…

Is Uncontrollable Shaking After Birth Normal?

Yes, uncontrollable shaking is totally normal and can occur whether you have a vaginal birth or a C-section. The shaking begins after you have delivered the placenta and while it is not harmful, it could be slightly awkward or uncomfortable.…

Can Labor Start After Drinking Water?

No, labor will not start after drinking water. In fact the opposite is true – dehydration is much more likely to cause early or painful labor. It is important you stay hydrated throughout the whole labor process if possible. There…

Do I Have to Wait for my Water to Break to go to the Hospital?

No, your waters breaking or not breaking is not a sign of how your labor is progressing. If you are in pain that you can’t talk through with regular long and close contractions, it’s time to go to the hospital.…