Products to Help Prepare Your Body for Labor and Birth

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Products to Help Prepare Your Body for Labor and Birth

Always consult your physician or midwife before you take any of these suggestions.

Towards the end of our pregnancies we all make sure that we have our baby items ready, have taken our childbirth classes and newborn care class, done the hospital tour, etc. You may even be seeing a chiropractor or acupuncturist to help your body get ready for the big day. (Which I highly recommend!) But did you know that there are actually some products that you can have at home that can help better prepare your body for labor and birth? Well there are! Get your body ready for your baby’s big day with these products.

1. Raspberry Leaf Tea

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I’m sure you’ve all heard that raspberry leaf tea is good for women to drink during their pregnancy. But do you know why? Well studies have shown that it can actually help make labor faster with fewer complications and interventions during birth. Pretty amazing!

Another study found that women who regularly consumed raspberry leaf tea were less likely to go past their due date or give birth prematurely. They were also less likely to need their water broken by medical staff–artificial rupture of membranes (AROM)– or require a cesarean section, forceps or vacuum delivery. Because of all of these benefits I tried my best to drink 1-3 cups a day once I entered my second trimester, which is the standard recommendation. (Consult with your healthcare provider first.)

I will say that I have tested several different brands of raspberry leaf tea and I highly recommend Earth Mama’s Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea. I really enjoyed the taste of their tea (some other brands I’ve tried aren’t as tasty) and I love that their product is USDA Certified 100% Organic.

If you’re still not convinced on giving raspberry leaf tea a try, here are a few other incredible benefits for the expecting and postpartum woman:

  • It can potentially help reduce morning sickness.
  • It improves the strength of the amniotic sac.
    • This means that your bag of waters is less likely to break prematurely, which is a good thing.
  • It improves the effectiveness of your contractions.
  • It reduces pain during labor and after birth.
    • Because raspberry leaf tea helps strengthen and tone your uterus and pelvic floor it can cause your labor to be shorter and less painful.
  • It’s beneficial to VBAC moms.
    • Women who have previously had C-sections have a higher chance of uterine rupture than women who haven’t. By regularly drinking raspberry leaf tea, women attempting a VBAC can have a stronger uterus, which can help reduce their chances of uterine rupture and help achieve their goal of a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
  • It helps balance postpartum hormones.
  • It has a high mineral count so it helps bring in breast milk.

Products to Help Prepare Your Body for Labor & Birth | Baby Chick

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2. Birth Ball

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A birthing ball is essentially an exercise ball that we can not only use to get our bodies in shape, but also use during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. I highly recommend that you get and use a birthing ball during all of these phases. If you’re curious how using a birth ball during pregnancy can be helpful, here are some of the benefits:

  • It encourages optimal fetal positioning.
    • How does it do this? Well, when you sit on a birthing ball you aren’t able to slouch so you have to sit with good, proper posture. Keeping your core engaged and having good posture helps keep your body in alignment and that encourages your baby to be in the best position for labor and birth. When your baby is in a good position, it helps your labor progress faster and allows you to have a less painful and more enjoyable birth!
  • It opens your pelvis and hips to encourage your baby to drop lower into your pelvis.
  • When your baby drops lower in your pelvis your baby’s head applies pressure on your cervix which can encourage dilation and effacement.
  • By doing figure 8’s and hip circles while sitting on the birth ball, it can encourage labor to begin on its own.
    • Of course this is only assuming that the woman is near her due date and both the woman’s body and baby are ready. This will not cause you to go into preterm labor.
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If you’re wondering what size birthing ball you should purchase, here is what we recommend:

  • 55 cm ball if you’re 5’4″ or shorter
  • 65 cm ball if you’re between 5’4″ and 5’10”
  • 75 cm ball if you’re 5’10” or taller

3. Peanut Ball

Another great product to use during your third trimester to prepare your body for labor and birth is the peanut ball. Just like a birthing ball, a peanut ball can help get your baby in a better position for labor, which can then help you go into labor sooner and have a faster birth. Sitting on a peanut ball requires you to get into a deeper squat than a birth ball does, which then helps open our pelvis even more and can apply more direct pressure on your cervix to promote dilation and effacement. For more information about peanut balls, read this.

4. Epi-no

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One of the most common concerns of pregnant women is the fear of tearing during childbirth. I was one of those women so I understand. I wanted to do whatever I could to help reduce my chances of tearing. Several of my doula clients have used Epi-nos during their pregnancies to prep their vaginas and perineums for labor and “the ring of fire.” And you know what, most of them didn’t tear at all! The few that did tear only had very minor lacerations that they didn’t even require stitches. This was enough proof for me to use the Epi-no during my pregnancy and I can’t recommend it enough. It helped train my body to stretch which ultimately helped me to not tear when I gave birth to my 8 pound 6 ounce son. Two thumbs up!

5. Lube

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If you don’t want to invest in the Epi-no then a good alternative is perineal massage. As stated by the American Pregnancy Association, “Perineal massage during pregnancy involves the gentle, manual stretching of the tissues that shape the birth canal. The benefits of this ancient practice have been studied by researchers, and there is now strong scientific evidence indicating that when done regularly in the last 3 to 4 weeks of pregnancy, perineal massage increases your chance of delivering a baby vaginally without damaging your perineum, which results in a decreased chance of tearing and episiotomy.”

Performing perineal massage can be difficult for women to do on themselves when they are further along in their pregnancies. This is why it is encouraged that the partner help with this task. When performing perineal massage, use a good lubricant (like this one) to help make this uncomfortable stretching of the perineal tissues more comfortable for her. She will thank you for it!

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6. Hypnobabies

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As a birth doula, I have been to some amazing births, but I have to say some of the most incredible births that I have ever been to have been Hypnobabies births. Hypnobabies is a complete six-week childbirth education course that is offered in a classroom setting by certified instructors, or through a self-study course. They cover all about staying healthy during pregnancy, changes in the body during pregnancy and labor, choices about medical procedures and medications, creating a birth plan, early days with baby, and more. But what sets Hypnobabies apart from any other childbirth method is how it mentally prepares mothers for birth. Women are more in control, more relaxed and ultimately have much more enjoyable experiences. I’ve been a witness to it and it really is incredible.

I must say, taking the course alone will not help you completely. Women who really dove in head first, practiced daily, listened to their tracks daily and committed to the Hypnobabies program were much more successful at having a “pain-free” Hypnobabies birth. The births that I have been to literally look like labors and births that all women hope and dream of. I highly suggest that you look into it!

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7. Dates

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I’ve talked about it before and I’ll say it again, dates are an invaluable food for women who are pregnant, and women about to give birth. Here’s why:

  1. Dates contain certain stimulants, which assist in the strengthening of the muscles of the womb leading to easier delivery.
  2. A study from Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011 suggests that dates can help ease delivery since they help cervical dilation, and also reduce the duration of labor, as well as the need for induction and augmentation.
    1. The studies were on women who ate 6 dates per day in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy.
  3. Dates contain Oxytocin. All pre-birth preparations in the body take place thanks to this hormone, and it also initiates the secretion of mother’s milk.
  4. Since the sugars in dates are fructose, not glucose, they will provide energy to the weakened body to quickly revitalize it.
    1. This is especially helpful to a woman in labor.
  5. A pregnant woman’s daily vitamin A requirement will increase to 800 ug, which dates are very rich in (beta-carotene).
  6. Dates contain Folate, which helps in the prevention of dangerous birth defects.
  7. After delivery dates are given to prevent postpartum bleeding and evict the placenta.

Not only that, the date is considered to be the best food for breastfeeding mothers because it contains elements that enrich the milk with nutrients that make a healthy and disease resistant baby, all while also helping to alleviate depression! Who can say no to that?!

8. Gentle Birth

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I SWEAR by this. Y’all, I was only in true labor for four hours before I needed to start pushing. And that was my first birth! I am not the only one that feels this way. So many women claim that Gentle Birth helped them have a quick and less painful labor as well. Whether it’s a placebo effect or not, this thing really helped my body open. Gentle Birth claims:

  • Less pain during labor and delivery
  • Advance dilation before discomfort was felt
  • Shorter and easier labor
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Over 90% of women who tried the Original Gentle Birth Formula recommend it to family and friends!
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I only heard great things about it so I decided to use it myself during my pregnancy. I thought, what could it hurt? And I’m so glad that I did. (Obviously, discuss this with your doctor or midwife before taking it.) If your healthcare provider gives you the green light to use Gentle Birth, you should begin taking it 5 weeks before your estimated due date.

  • Week 1: Take 1/4 teaspoon before morning and evening meals.
  • Week 2: Take 1/4 teaspoon 3 times daily before meals. Maintain this dosage until delivery.

9. Evening Primrose Oil

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If you are approaching your due date or have passed it, one option that you may have considered taking is evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil is an herbal oil that’s derived from primrose plant seeds. Many women have used evening primrose oil for decades to help with cervical dilation for preparing their bodies for labor.

While evening primrose oil doesn’t induce labor per se, when it is taken orally or vaginally, it is believed to act as a prostaglandin that softens and ripens the cervix. As the cervix ripens, contractions are triggered which may lead to labor, or Braxton-Hicks contractions. Additionally, the softening of the cervix may help make labor and delivery quicker and easier.

I know of several women who claim that evening primrose oil helped their bodies go into labor. Some evidence suggests that the mild prostaglandin effect of evening primrose oil will only trigger labor in women who are ready to deliver and cannot trigger premature labor. However, many OB doctors feel strongly there is a huge risk of premature labor and shouldn’t be encouraged. This is why you should discuss this with your care provider beforhand.

10. Pregnancy Books and Birth Affirmations

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Not only do you need to prepare your body physically for labor and birth, but you need to prepare mentally as well. I always say, birth happens between your ears not between your legs. What I mean is labor and birth are so much more mental than physical. If you prepare your mind for what’s to come, you are able to achieve more than you ever thought you could. If you educate yourself, listen to positive birth stories, and surround yourself with positive birth affirmations your mind will be ready and excited for your big birthing day!

Are there any other products that you recommend to help women prepare their bodies and minds for labor and birth?


Sources:
https://www.mamanatural.com/red-raspberry-leaf-tea/
https://www.motherrisingbirth.com/2017/05/birthing-ball.html
http://americanpregnancy.org/first-year-of-life/perineal-massage-pregnancy/
https://www.hypnobabies.com/birth-hypnosis-hypnobabies-and-birthing-without-fear/
https://herbs.lovetoknow.com/Evening_Primrose_Oil_for_Cervical_Dilation

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Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠ You k How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠
You know you have a newborn when _______.⁠
📷: @healthiest_baby⁠
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You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the arrival of your beautiful baby. 🤰 Labor and delivery has come and gone. Now its time for your 6-week postpartum check up. 🏥  So much of life after delivery is focused on your new bundle of joy that you can sometimes forget to care for yourself. This is exactly why I believe the postpartum appointment is so important to you as a new momma – because it’s all about you! 💗⁠
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Sure, your provider loves to fawn over your sweet baby, but this appointment is about mom. How are YOU doing? Self-care is so important to your health and recovery after having a baby, so let this appointment focus on your well-being. 😊⁠
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Here are 10 helpful questions to ask when you see your provider at your 6-week postpartum check up. 📝 Your provider will likely cover most or all of these topics on her or his own, but use this as a guide to remind you to ask anything she or he doesn’t cover! {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @tailsandwings⁠
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YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠ Go and find your troo YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠
Go and find your troop, your tribe, squad, village. Whatever you want to call it. Find people to surround yourself with who will support YOU, love YOU, encourage YOU as a woman and as a parent. Parenthood is tough. Especially when you feel alone. So find your village and love them hard. And from one mother to another, load up on wipes. Because motherhood can get quite messy too!⁠ 😉⁠
📷: @hallmarkbaby⁠
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An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfe An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfeed her #triplets. 💗 With hard work, determination, help and support, anything is possible.
Words & 📷: @triplets_and_toddler
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“I breastfed my first child so I knew I wanted to #breastfeed again. People were skeptical about me #breastfeeding triplets, and this drove my determination! 💪 My boys were born at 29+3 and therefore it was so important for them to have #breastmilk! 🤱
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After having an emergency C-section, I knew there was no time to rest, so I started hand expressing within the first hour. I set an alarm to ensure that I expressed every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours overnight. ⏰
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Being separated from my boys was hard so having pictures/video links helped whilst I expressed. Seeing my teeny, vulnerable babies in their little incubators drove my determination to provide them with my milk! I also rotated muslin squares between us so that I could smell them and vice versa. This also helped me whilst I expressed during the night away from my boys. Their smell on the swaddles kept me focused! 💙
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Twice during our #NICU journey my boys were split between hospitals over an hour apart! This was the hardest time and meant I was separated from 2 of my boys for a couple of days. During this time I kept up with expressing and ensured that all three of them had enough milk to take with them until we were all reunited.
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Looking back I feel it is my sheer determination that has really enabled me to successfully breastfeed my triplet boys! Not once have they needed donor or formula milk. It required a massive commitment both physically and emotionally but I am so proud of my achievement! My boys are now 11 months and are still breastfeeding." ❤️
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*This story is not to bring any mothers down that choose to formula feed. (I, personally, had to give my son formula at 7 months old!) We share this mother's story to inspire mothers and celebrate our victories! ✨
If you are having breastfeeding struggles and want to succeed, contact a good local IBCLC and receive support. Find new mom friends who are also breastfeeding who can encourage you. And if you choose to formula feed, we honor you too. 💕 #mommychick
WTF 😑⁠ (via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠ .⁠ WTF 😑⁠
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Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠ (quote via @friscoar Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠
(quote via @friscoareamoms)⁠
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🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠⁠
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Your child’s mental health is fairly complicated. It's also critical to their overall health and wellness. We often think of mental health as it pertains to adults, but just like growth and physical development, research shows that mental health is something that should be considered starting at birth. ❤️⁠
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When children are very young, their brains are extremely sensitive to environmental stress. Toxic stress, defined as high levels of prolonged stress, can have life-long effects on children. Limiting stress for young children is critical for their early mental health. One of the most fundamental ways we can help eliminate toxic stress is by building a strong relationship foundation from the very beginning of their lives. Your relationship with your baby is an integral part of their sense of self-esteem, independence, and confidence; three key factors in mental health.⁠
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Building that relationship with your child can be broken down into four key concepts . . . {Click 🔗 in bio to find out what they are!}⁠
📷: @vlentine⁠
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Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE bow that shows she's a girl . . . yet still somehow get's called a boy. 🤷⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤⁠
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If you’ve ever typed into Google, “Why won’t my baby sleep?” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among thousands of other parents/caregivers who are likely as tired as you are. Chances are, if you have gone down the Google rabbit hole at 2:00 a.m. (or just asked your pediatrician for sleep advice), then you’ve most likely been introduced to the concept of a bedtime routine.⁠
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A bedtime routine can be an incredibly helpful tool in establishing healthy sleep habits and good sleep hygiene. Infants and young children thrive on routine; in fact, they are comforted by predictability (spoiler alert: most adults are this way, too!). Plus, a young mind is exposed to so much new information every day that it’s reassuring for a child to know that they can depend on certain events to have a predictable structure.⁠
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Bedtime routines are also a cue to their brains and bodies that sleep is coming. With a predictable bedtime routine, your little one will start to recognize the order of the routine and begin to anticipate what comes next. With enough repetition, this process happens automatically in a very Pavlovian way. A calm and successive routine will also make the onset of sleep come more easily. Can you imagine if you walked out of your workout and immediately someone told you that you had to lay down and fall asleep? This would be nearly impossible, and the same is true for our little ones. By allowing them some time to unwind, you are making the falling asleep process that much easier. Here are some tips on what to do for your little one's bedtime. ❤️⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @hannahxruth⁠
Article by: @ohbabyconsulting⁠
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THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗 🤗 7 Tips for Raising Secure and Happy Kids 🤗⁠
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Parenting is hard. And ever so important. But sometimes it feels like we need to have a special degree in “Managing Toddler Mood Swings” to navigate some of the unexpected scenarios that come with raising secure and happy children.⁠
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Like how do we handle a child that likes to scream instead of talk?⁠
“Please, child, just lower your voice while we’re in Target.”⁠
Or what are we supposed to do when a child prefers to strip down every time we get them dressed or only eat foods that are the color blue?! (In case you’re wondering, there aren’t many blue foods.)⁠
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It can feel tricky and tiring to try and do it all right and then sometimes still feel like you’re at a loss. But the truth is, there’s never any way to make everything perfect. But there are things we can do that set our children up to feel secure and happy. And here are seven of my favorite tips. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @lauren.stewart_dc⁠
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Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠ Any oldie but goodie by @spiritysol⁠. ❤️⁠
Cesarean mamas--this one's for you. I hope you know that you are worthy. That you are such a warrior. That you are brave and powerful and strong as f✨ck. I hope you know that birthing your baby on an operating table makes you no less of a mother. No less of a goddess. Your birth story is holy and that beautiful scar on your belly is sacred as sh✨t. You are worthy of praise and celebration, honor and  admiration.⁠
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I hope that you know it was worth it. Knowing this does NOT mean you can't mourn your dream. It does NOT mean "you and your baby are safe--that's all that matters!" It does NOT mean you can't wish things had gone differently. But I hope that underneath it all, you can find beauty in what was. What is. Your baby. Your birth. Your strength. Your healing. Your story.⁠
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Your journey wasn't easy. Perhaps it unfolded much differently than you had hoped--perhaps it shook you to your core and left you feeling the immense weight of a "what if" and why".⁠
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Perhaps you're still wading through the heavy emotions of disappointment, anger, and grief. Perhaps you always will. But whatever feelings you hold in your heart and in your womb, I hope that you can look at your scar and say "Hell yes, it was worth it. And hell ya, I am worthy."⁠
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*This post was written for mamas who might be struggling with an unexpected or undesired cesarean birth. I recognize that there are mamas that choose to have planned/elective cesarean births who might not resonate with the message in this post. I honor them as well--as I honor all mothers, all women, and all beings.⁠
Words & 📷: @spiritysol⁠
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Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . whi Because I gave him the wrong colored cup . . . which is the color he originally asked for.⁠
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(quote via @HenpeckedHal via Twitter)⁠
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