In addition to the obvious increase in the mother's discomfort, longer labor also increases the likelihood of the use of forceps or cesarean delivery, according to My Health News Daily.
What does it mean for you if you're an expectant mom? Relax! Or at least do your best to. While no birthing experience is completely free of at least some anxiety and concern, take preventative measures to ensure that you're in the best mental state possible for your baby's arrival. Catch up with family and friends who you may not have as much time to see once the baby has arrived, keep busy with activities that you enjoy, and engage in whatever form of exercise you're comfortable with (even a 10-minute walk around the block can be beneficial).
For those of you who have already given birth, what did you do to keep the delivery-room jitters at bay? Share your advice below so that moms-to-be can benefit!