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When you are pregnant, your doctor may well tell you that it is a natural condition, it is not an illness, you don't need to alter your lifestyle unless you smoke or drink heavily.
It is a long nine months, but the wait and the weight will be worth it. Some women will choose to have a natural labour, as in no medication, at home, even in a birthing pool, with the aid of a community midwife.
Others want to put themselves in the capable hands of the experts in a maternity hospital or maternity wing. There, they can be assured of labour management and emergency attention if anything should go awry.