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When you are ready to have your baby, you'll go through labor. Contractions let you know labor is starting. When contractions are five minutes apart, your body is ready to push the baby out. During the first stage of labor, your cervix slowly opens, or dilates, to about 4 inches wide. At the same time, it becomes thinner. This is called effacement. You shouldn't push until your uterus is fully effaced and dilated. When it is, the baby delivery stage starts. Crowning is when your baby's scalp comes into view. Shortly afterward, your baby is born. The placenta that nourished the baby follows.
Ether anesthetics can prevent touch-induced trigger in the carnivorous Venus flytrap

Ether anesthetics can prevent touch-induced trigger in the carnivorous Venus flytrap

Study: Sex matters when it comes to susceptibility to infections and other health conditions

Study: Sex matters when it comes to susceptibility to infections and other health conditions

Obese, pregnant women can reduce infants' health risks through improved diet, physical activity

Obese, pregnant women can reduce infants' health risks through improved diet, physical activity

Women treated with fertility-sparing surgery for ovarian tumors could have children

Women treated with fertility-sparing surgery for ovarian tumors could have children

Oxytocin can help control and prevent osteoporosis

Oxytocin can help control and prevent osteoporosis

Study may help identify women at risk of developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy

Study may help identify women at risk of developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy

High-resolution imaging reveals how phages can attack and kill bacterial superbugs

High-resolution imaging reveals how phages can attack and kill bacterial superbugs