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Anatomy of pregnancy and birth - cervix

The cervix plays a crucial role throughout your pregnancy, protecting your growing baby and keeping them safe and secure in the uterus.

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What happens to your body in childbirth

During childbirth, your body's hormones, ligaments and muscles, as well as the shape of your pelvis, all work together to bring your baby safely into the world.

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Placenta praevia

Placenta praevia is a condition where the placenta lies low and may cover the cervix, blocking the baby's exit during birth.

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Cervical screening during pregnancy

Cervical screening can be performed at any time, including during pregnancy. Regular cervical screening is the best way to protect yourself against cervical cancer.

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Stretch and sweep

A stretch and sweep or membrane sweep is a relatively gentle way of trying to start labour.

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Anatomy of pregnancy and birth

From conception to giving birth, a woman's body goes through many physical changes. Learn what happens to your body during pregnancy and labour.

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Giving birth - first stage of labour

Find out what happens during the first stage of labour.

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Vaginal ultrasound

A vaginal ultrasound (also called an internal, pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound) lets a medical professional observe a fetus and check reproductive health.

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Giving birth - early signs of labour

You can know the early signs of labour, even if you cannot predict when your labour will begin. Find out also what to do if something appears to be wrong.

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Induced labour

Induced labour is a medical treatment to start labour. It may be recommended if your baby needs to be born before labour is due to start naturally.

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