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Am I in labor? When should I go to labor and delivery?

If you are greater than 36 weeks, you may experience contractions repeatedly. Most often, you will be instructed to go to labor and delivery if the contractions are profound (having trouble walking and talking during the contractions and occurrence is every 5 minutes). Labor does not typically diminish when you rest. There are exceptions to this guideline: the patient with a history of rapid labors or the patient who lives a long distance from the hospital. If you suspect that the membranes have ruptured, come directly to the hospital.

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