Labor can be divided into three stages, with the first stage divided into three phases – the early phase, the active phase and the transition phase. Learn the outcomes and signs of each stage here.
First, stage of Labor: The Early/Latent Phase
The early phase starts off with your contractions being inconsistent and irregular. Before my actual labor, “My contractions started three weeks. I spent those long weeks up all night with nearly constant contractions…” Read more of Lexy’s birth story. Although this stage may be annoying, hopefully you are beginning the process of dilating and effacing. Your contractions will begin to become more regular, stronger and will last longer. They are approximately 4-5 minutes apart and lasting 30-40 seconds. You may lose your plug during this stage, and your water may break… although neither of these are necessary to move on to the second stage. Should take it easy and rest and drink some fluids or eat something light, though you may feel energy during this phase.
This phase ends when you are 3-5 cm dilated and your progress is accelerating. May be shorter if it’s a second or subsequent child, though it can last 12 hours or longer.
First, stage of Labor: The Active Phase
During the active phase, your contractions will become more frequent, longer and stronger and you will dilate much faster. Once you are having regular, painful contractions lasting 60 seconds in length, five minutes apart, for one hour – it’s time to call your doctor or midwife to start heading to the hospital.
This phase lasts approximately six hours, but may be shorter if it’s a second or subsequent child.
First Stage of Labor: The Transition Phase
The transition phase marks the end of the first stage of labor and the transition to the second stage of labor. Contractions are coming every 2.5 to 3 minutes and lasting at least a minute. You may feel nauseous, shivering and shaking. Most women start to doubt themselves during this need and stage lots of encouragement. Your cervix dilates to the full 10 cm.
This phase is very short and can take from minutes to a couple of hours.
Second Stage of Labor:
The second stage of labor is the descent and “My contractions were now over a minute less and long than a minute between. I pushed and pushedpushed and pushed some more…” Read more of Angie’s birth story. birth of the baby. It can vary in time from minutes to hours depending on how well you push and how many babies you have had. Your contractions may space out more to give you rest between pushing. There will be an unbearable urge to push and you will hopefully feel in control of the situation as you complete the birth of your baby!
Third, stage of Labor:
The third stage of laborbegins after your baby is born and ends with the delivery of your placenta. This stage is typically very mild compared to the previous stages and does not last very long. Your uterus will continue to contract and you may have to push a couple of times to expel the uterus. Your uterus will remain contracted and firm to prevent further bleeding.
* Fourth Stage of Labor *:
Some people talk of a fourth stage of labor. This stage is a time of healing and bonding between the mother and her baby. The mother will get examined and have any tears or her episiotomy sewn up, and the doctor will examine the placenta to determine that it was completely delivered. More information Click on Pregnancy & Childbirth pregnancy miracle book for free pregnancy miracle system pregnancy miracle free download pdf