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Studies have shown that there are cells called oxytocin receptors on your uterus that don't mature and activate until late in your pregnancy, when the baby is "ripe" and ready to be born.
The huge majority of women can therefore nurse throughout a pregnancy without the oxytocin realeased during bfing causing labor.
Of course, if it is time, and labor is not kicking in, then nipple stimualtion can sort of boost things along.
That said, if you miscarried while pregnant before, and your cramping was quite strong while nursing, you may want to think about it a bit. Call an IBCLC lactation consultant and talk things over. We all have inidvidual responses to hormones, and need to be in touch with our bodies.