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What are all the different stages of labor?
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- ♥ к∆┼єℓчɲ ♥Lv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
ok i felt bad that you had no answers so here you go
You made it! If you are reading this undoubtedly you are approaching or soon will be approaching the final stages of pregnancy. You may be wondering what exactly to expect during labor and delivery. There are two distinct phases of labor - early or latent labor and active labor. Active Labor is subdivided into three stages, which will be described in more detail below. There is no criteria for exactly predicting the moment when labor will start. Some women can have all the signs of impending delivery but hold out for several weeks, whereas others will have no signs and go into active labor in a matter of hours.
Early or Latent Labor
During early labor, you will probably be relatively comfortable. It is generally the longest part of the birthing process and may last anywhere from one to three days. During this time you may experience contractions that are mild or moderate, generally lasting anywhere from 30 to 45 seconds. These contractions may also be irregular in nature, and may stop and re-start again.
During the early phase of labor most women will dilate to 3 cm. During this phase of labor taking a warm shower may help you relax. Try to sleep if possible to prepare for the active stage of labor.
If you are interested in speeding up the labor process, consider going for long walks which might help move the baby further into your pelvis.
Most women will be able to talk and function relatively normal during this phase. You can typically enjoy this part of labor in the comfort of your home. Traditionally early labor is longer for first time mothers than it is for moms who have given birth previously.
Active labor is characterized by three distinct phases:
Stage One - The cervix dilates and effaces
Stage Two - The baby is born
Stage Three - The placenta is delivered
During the first stage the cervix will dilate and efface or thin out, preparing for birth. This stage typically commences when a woman is 3 to 4 cm dilated. Women will dilate until 10 cm.
Uterine contractions during this phase of labor are generally more intense than they are during early labor. They are also more frequent, occurring 2-3 minutes apart and may last from 50-70 seconds.
During active labor the bag of water often breaks.
Most women will report significantly more discomfort or pain during the active stage of labor. Your physician might offer you some form of pain relief, including use of an epidural to help ease the pain you are feeling from uterine contractions.
The first stage of active labor ends with the transition phase, where contractions become increasingly intense as the baby moves into the birthing canal. During this time you will be absorbed by contractions. You may feel anxious and exhausted.
This is the time where you might start feeling the urge to push. You will be dilated a full 10 cm at this point in time.
The second stage of active labor is the actual birth of your baby, or the process of pushing the baby out. This is usually preceded by a powerful urge to push the baby out of the vagina. You may feel a great deal of pressure in the pelvic region, in your vagina or in the back.
The pushing phase may be short or long. Most first time moms push for 2 to 3 hours, however some women may push for minutes before the baby passes through the vagina.
The third stage of labor is the time during which the placenta detaches and passes out of the body. Generally this occurs within 30 minutes after the second stage of labor. Though not as exciting as the actual birth of your baby, the passage of the placenta is a vital part of labor and delivery.
This process may require that you push a small amount to deliver the placenta. However, many women are so involved with their baby and the process of birth that they hardly even notice the delivery of the placenta.
The more prepared for labor you are the more comfortable you will be with the birthing process. Childbirth education classes can help you prepare for the actual process of labor.
- 7 years ago
First stage: The time of the onset of true labor until the cervix is completely dilated to 10 cm.
Second stage: The period after the cervix is dilated to 10 cm until the baby is delivered.
Third stage: Delivery of the placenta.
1. First Stage:The first stage of labor is the longest and involves three phases:
Early Labor Phase -The time of the onset of labor until the cervix is dilated to 3 cm.
Active Labor Phase - Continues from 3 cm. until the cervix is dilated to 7 cm.
Transition Phase - Continues from 7 cm. until the cervix is fully dilated to 10 cm.
Each phase is characterized by different emotions and physical challenges.
2.Second Stage:The second stage of childbirth involves pushing and the delivery of your baby. Until this point your body has been doing all the work for you. Now that your cervix has fully dilated to 10 cm, it is time for you to help by pushing.
Pushing and what to expect:
The second stage can last from 20 minutes to 2 hours
Contractions will last about 45-90 seconds at intervals of 3-5 minutes rest in between
3.Third Stage:The third stage is the delivery of the placenta and is the shortest stage. The time it takes to deliver your placenta can range from 5 to 30 minutes.
4. Immediate post-partum: refers to the first 2 hours after delivery of the placenta