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Law Grad Goes Into Labor While Taking the Bar Exam, Has Her Baby and Finishes Her Test

Brianna Hill wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of her taking the bar exam, not even giving birth. And, that is exactly what happened one week ago.

Hill, a recent Loyola University of Chicago School of Law graduate, was in active labor, contractions and all, while taking the first portion of the bar exam, she told Above The Law magazine. 

“I started taking the MPT but since we were remote I couldn’t leave view of the camera. As soon as I stood up when I finished, I knew my water had broken,” she told the legal publication.

So she did what any willful, courageous, determined woman would do: she powered through it. 

“I took my break, got myself cleaned up, called my husband, midwife and mom, cried because I was a little panicked, then sat down to take the MEE,” she said. 

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Braxton Hicks Contractions or True Labor Pains?

How do you get to labor and delivery? Practice, practice, practice. You might not be ready for the baby just yet (still haven’t picked out that nursery color?), but your body is certainly gearing up for the big day — and you’re reminded of this each time you feel your uterus tightening up.

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Braxton Hicks contractions are a bit like a dress rehearsal: Your uterine muscles are flexing in preparation for the big job they’ll have to do in the near future. Keep in mind that while they can be hard to distinguish from the real thing, they’re not efficient enough to push your baby out the way actual labor contractions are.

What causes Braxton Hicks contractions?

Your pregnancy hormones are hard at work, sending messages to your body to (very slowly) start the process of childbirth.

When do Braxton Hicks contractions start?

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Symptoms Not to Ignore, Labor Signs, More

However you’re feeling at 38 weeks pregnant (exhausted, excited, terrified… did we mention exhausted?), there’s probably one big question on your mind whenever you feel even the slightest twinge in your back or belly: Am I going into labor?

Unlike most other weeks of pregnancy, though, you’re close enough to the big day now — your baby is technically full term at this point! — that the answer could actually be yes.

Diarrhea? It could be a sign of labor! Weird discharge? It could be a sign of labor! Sudden panic that you’re not ready to become a parent after all? It could be a sign of labor!

OK, that last one… not so much. But how you’re feeling at 38 weeks could give you some clues about what to expect for the rest of your pregnancy — like when it’s going to be over and you’ll get to

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A Mom Feels Alone And Helpless During Labor : The Baby Project : NPR

Lateefah, just after she received an analgesic in her IV. She says it was “amazing for about a minute.” And then she was back in pain.

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Two weeks ago, Lateefah wrote the first part of her birthing story about how she had 48 hours before she would be induced, but she went into labor before that deadline. And that’s when things started to get interesting. Here’s part 2 of her story.

I really should have listened to Frank.

Countless times during our labor practice, Frank said to me: “Here’s a suggested book about back labor. Maybe you should get it.” But I wouldn’t need that. Our baby had been head down and facing in the right direction for months. Isn’t back labor caused by sunny side up babies? I’m thinking no. As we walked to the waiting car

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