Stages of Labour

The 3 Stages of Labour

It is always best to go into labour knowing exactly what to expect when, here are the basics of what to expect during the 3 Stages of Labour.

Stage 1: Early Labour

This stage begins when the cervix begins to soften and open up, this stage is complete when the cervix has opened to about 10 cms. It is the longest stage of labour and take hours to a few days. You may feel nothing for quite a long time, then you will feel some pain and discomfort. There is no pattern and contractions are irregular. Contractions will then start to become regular with shorter intervals in between. Contractions will become longer and build in intensity. You will need to know how you will cope with pain during labour.




In Early Labour you may have:

      1. Lower back pain
      2. Period like pain that comes and goes
      3. Loose bowels movements
      4. Blood-stained mucous discharge known as blood show
      5. Water breaking
      6. An urge to vomit

Stage 2: Active Labour

This stage is from when the cervix is dilated to 10 cms until the baby is born.
In Active Labour you may have:

      1. Longer and stronger contractions with an interval of 1 to 2 minutes in between
      2. The urge to push
      3. Increased pressure on your bottom
      4. Stretching and burning feelings in your vagina
      5. Shaky, cramps, nauseas and vomiting

The pushing phase can last up to 2 hours.

Stage 3

This stage is from when your baby has been born until after the placenta has been delivered.

What was your experience of labour like?

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5 comments

  1. Thank you! I’m due end Jan so loving all the labour and birth blogs!

  2. I had a c-section but will share with friends.
    Will also try to have normal birth with next one if possible after c-section.

  3. I had a shot delivery birth but a very long stitching as the baby had tir me from inside it was so painful

  4. Reading this so interesting i cant say what my experiance was like of labor as i was a c-section mommy.

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