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What Should you Do When Labour Starts

LABOUR & BIRTH: When you have regular and frequent contractions or your water break during labour, then you should contact your doctor or hospital for advice.

As a very general rule, the contractions should be about 10 minutes apart if this is your first pregnancy; in subsequent pregnancies, they should at least arrive at regular intervals.

If this is your first baby, things may take some time to get going before actual labour sets in (and your baby may not arrive until 12 hours or more after labour starts), so your doctor or hospital will advise you how best to proceed.

Depending on certain factors, you’ll be told either to stay at home or go straight to hospital.

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