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Chapter-32 Pregnancy and Stages of Labor

BOOK TITLE: Pocket Clinical Guide for Nursing Students

Author
1. Prakash P
ISBN
9789352701933
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14242_33
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
1. College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
Chapter keywords
Pregnancy, labor, fetal heart rate, placenta, anesthesia, teratogens, vaginal bleeding, associated disease, premature rupture of membrane, PROM

Abstract

Pregnancy, also known as gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman. Childbirth usually occurs in three stages. First stage is the time of the onset of true labor until the cervix is completely dilated to 10 cm. Second stage is the period after the cervix is dilated to 10 cm until the baby is delivered. Third stage is the delivery of the placenta. Basic terms in pregnancy, signs and symptoms in pregnancy, danger signs in pregnancy, mechanisms of labor, stages of labor, and fetal heart rate are discussed in the table and flowchart format.

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