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Factors that increase the risk of prolonged labor

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Prolonged labor is defined as labor that lasts an excessively long time. Prolonged labor is difficult to define because the length of time it takes varies at different phases as do the causes.

Here are factors that increase the risk of prolonged labor

1 Obesity

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Gestational diabetes or pregnancy hypertension combined with obesity can result in a larger-than-average baby. As a result of these health issues, the mother may become weak and the fat around the delivery canal may cause difficulty.

2 Lack of nutrition

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Lack of nourishment in the mother causes a lack of nutrition in the fetus and uterus resulting in problems with the passage. Sometimes, a small body might sometimes imply a small pelvis, which can cause the baby's arrival to be delayed.

3 Maternal Age

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The best time for the body to give birth is when it is in its late teens to early thirties because anything before or after is an unprepared time for the body and since the body is not prepared nor strong enough to do so it might lead to delay.

4 Muscle Mass Decrease

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Lack of exercise and activity is one of the factors that contribute to a pregnant woman's loss of muscle mass. Labor is a physically active and hard procedure that necessitates adequate muscular function in order to go smoothly and loss of muscle mass reduces strength which causes a delay.

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