By Beth Ann Mayer, Oct 10, 2023

“During labor, substances called prostaglandins serve to cause effacement and dilation of the cervix,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, MS, MBA, FACOG, who is double board-certified in OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine and the director of perinatal services/maternal fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, New York. “These prostaglandins can also impact the gastrointestinal tract, causing diarrhea.”

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