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How to Deal with Your Labor Fears

Labor is probably the most feared of pregnancy’s "unknowns." Here's how to manage it.


  • Step 1: Gather the facts Read about being pregnant and giving birth. Subscribe to a parenting magazine, or read their articles online.
  • Step 2: Enroll in childbirth classes Take childbirth classes, which can be found online, through hospitals, or in newspapers.
  • Step 3: Contact your doctor or midwife Talk to your doctor or midwife about pain relief options, and don't take anything without their consent.
  • TIP: Many women worry about going into labor in their sleep and waking up giving birth. Don't worry – labor pains will certainly wake you up.
  • Step 4: Go to the hospital Go to the hospital or call your doctor immediately if you think you have labor pains. Better safe than sorry.
  • FACT: There are close to six million pregnancies every year in the United States.

You Will Need

  • A subscription a parenting magazine
  • Internet access
  • A local newspaper
  • Childbirth classes
  • A doctor or midwife

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