Fact or Fiction: My mom had fast labors, so I will too.

Fact: It’s true that genetics play a part in women’s labours. You and your mother might have similar pelvic structure and uterine muscle strength, which might contribute to you both having fast labours. But…don’t count on it.

Remember: You also inherited genes from your father’s side of the family. Plus, your baby is a magical combination of both your genes and their father’s.All those genetic variables, combined with the position of your baby’s head, the conditions and environment you’re laboring in, the way you move, rest and work through labor, and other factors all play a part in how quickly or slowly you labor. Prepare for the long haul, but if you get lucky, and it all goes quickly— thank your mother.

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