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#1 of 7 Old 12-10-2006, 09:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm curious to know what starts labor. I've heard that the baby releases a hormone when the lungs are ready, but then that wouldn't explain preterm labor. I'm curious as to others theories and knowledge on this.
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Sex. It takes about 40 weeks to work.
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Sex. It takes about 40 weeks to work.

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well that explains a lot and how I keep getting this way.
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That's a good one.

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I certainly don't know all the physiology involved, but there's a combination of hormones, enzymes, and various other stimuli. The cervix ripens, the baby moves down, bag of waters may break, dilation, etc. But then there are mental/emotional influences as well, and I've heard a lot of mind-over-matter type stories.

It is interesting that the timing of labor/birth is so different with different people. Babies arrive early, late, and on-time. My mom claims I was born a month late. Yikes! Guess it was nice and cozy in there and I didn't want to come out.

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