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During your ninth month, you are eager to hold your baby. Every time you feel the slightest twinge, you may think, "this is it," but the feeling goes away and you realize you have longer to wait. Some mothers start labor suddenly with painful contractions, yet others begin with progressive signs, such as a backache and contractions that last for days. While each labor is different, there are typical stages that each woman goes through when her birth time is near.