Most women have their baby through vaginal birth. Vaginal birth means your uterus contracts (tightens up and then relaxes) to help push your baby out through the vagina.
In this topic, find out about labor and childbirth. You may feel excited about having your baby but nervous about labor. Labor feels different for every woman. Learn about ways to cope with labor pain, including medicines and other methods, likebreathing and relaxation.
If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own. For some women, labor is slow to begin. Your provider may give you medicine to help induce (start) labor. If you’re thinking about inducing labor, find out why waiting until at least 39 weeks is so important for your baby.
If you had a cesarean birth in a previous pregnancy, you may be able to have a vaginal birth in your next pregnancy. This is called vaginal birth after cesarean(also called VBAC). Find out more about VBAC to see if it’s an option for you.