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Updated: February 19, 2022

The First Stage of Labor - Including Effacement and Dilation - What To Expect

The First Stages of Labor

Being knowledgeable about your pregnancy is essential because it can help you understand what to expect. In addition, that knowledge may calm some of the anxiety you may be facing, particularly regarding labor and delivery.

The stages of labor and birth are part of an amazing and seemingly miraculous process. Therefore, it is helpful to understand the typical process of how the body progresses through the stages of labor to ready itself for birth.

Updated: April 27, 2022

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5 Signs and Symptoms of Labor

How your body prepares and tricky false labor

When your due date is near and you prepare for labor, there are going to be several signs and symptoms that it's almost showtime. As you go into labor you'll experience symptoms that may include emotional changes, pains that feel like menstrual cramps, back pain similar to sciatica, Braxton Hicks contractions, the "bloody show," and the breaking of your water before labor begins. Learn what else you should expect before birth.

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Updated: April 22, 2022

Why Is My Cervix Not Dilating? (In the First Stages of Labor)

Failure to Progress in Labor

Cervix dilation is one of the earliest signs that the birth of your baby is imminent. As you approach your due date, your doctor will check your weekly visits to see if you are dilated. Dilation begins once you have lost your mucus plug and cervical effacement has occurred. You may also experience a bloody show, a mix of blood and mucus when you lose your mucus plug.

There are three stages of labor: latent labor, active labor, and the delivery of the placenta, which is often glossed over when discussing labor.

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Updated: April 19, 2022

Labor Contractions Or Braxton Hicks? We Ask Experts and Moms

Labor Contractions

The experience of giving birth and labor is different for all women. While we can make some generalizations, some women handle labor contractions better than others. Some women are unaware that labor has begun, while other women experience hours and hours of painful contractions and intense abdominal pain before giving birth.

More: What do Labor Contractions Really Feel Like?

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The Second Stage of Labor: Delivering Your Baby

What to Expect in the Second Stage of Labor

The second stage and when to push

As you enter the second stage of labor, you will probably experience an overwhelming desire to bear down. Once your doctor has established that you are fully dilated and are ready to start pushing, you may start to feel more in control of your labor since your pushing helps move your baby farther down into the pelvis.

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Developing a Birth Plan

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Developing a Birth Plan

Daddy Alert!

Make sure you know what's in your partner's birth plan. When she goes into labor, it will be up to you to make sure her wishes are honored whenever possible. You might also want to make sure your own desires are included in the plan. If you want to be in the labor and delivery room at all times, and if you want to "catch" your baby as he comes out of the birth canal, say so!

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Updated: April 20, 2022

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When You Should go to the Hospital for Labor: the Complete Guide

Go to Hospital

Fake vs. real contractions

As your pregnancy reaches its end and your due date is looming, you probably have a lot of questions about when you should head to the hospital once labor begins. Of course, each woman's citation is unique, and your Ob-Gyn may have some specific instructions, but there are a few cut and dry citations doctors say require a call to your physician and perhaps a visit to the delivery ward.

More: What are the Stages of Labor?

Coping With Pain

Labor pain is unique and quite different from everyday chronic and acute pain. Generally, pain is a warning sign that something is wrong, but labor pain acts as an "alert" that the birth process is underway and that you need a safe environment in which to give birth. Some women prefer a homelike environment, which has been shown to have many benefits, including reducing the need for medical forms of pain relief.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About the Mucus Plug During Pregnancy

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Ok, no one said labor was glamorous—and if they did, I’d sure love to meet that person because I adore my kids, but NO, my labors were not glamorous. Speaking of ‘unglamorous’...when you hear the term “mucus plug” associated with labor, chances are you cringe at that medical term. What the heck is a mucus plug and when it “comes out” of you, vaginally, when pregnant, does that mean you’re in labor? I contacted an OB-GYN to learn everything about the mucus plug and more.

After Baby Is Born: Post-Delivery Details

Caring for Your Body After Giving Birth

After Baby Is Born: Post-Delivery Details

During your hospital stay you probably are not going to feel like going dancing. You've just gone through some pretty heavy work (there's a reason they call it labor) and there is a strong possibility that you will have stitches from an episiotomy, an incision made to widen the vaginal opening.

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Updated: May 29, 2020

4 Things You Still Can Control If You Are Pregnant During This Pandemic

4 things pregnant people can control during COVID-19

This is one of the wildest times in so many people’s lives. It’s even wilder if you are expecting a baby. That space between being yourself and being a vessel for a tiny, growing human is daunting without a global infectious disease outbreak. This health crisis has caused a huge number of childbirth education classes to be cancelled and millions of pregnant people to feel lost and scared.

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The Third Stage of Labor: After Your Baby is Born

What happens in the minutes after birth?

The third stage

This is from the birth of your baby until the delivery of the membranes (the amniotic bag that surrounded your baby) and placenta. The placenta can be actively managed with the help of drugs or delivered without drugs, known as passive management or a physiological third stage.

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Abdominal Cramps During Pregnancy: What Do They Mean?

pregnant woman abdominal cramps

If you feel cramps in your abdomen (the area around your stomach), don't panic right away. Sometimes cramping is nothing more than a gentle reminder to take it easy, and at other times it might be a sign of digestive problems. Occasionally, though, cramping can be an emergency signal that says you need medical attention.

More: Labor Complications

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Updated: April 14, 2021

Is a Lotus Birth Right for You?

Lotus Birth

Have you heard of lotus birth?

As you prepare to begin the pregnancy journey or as you ready yourself for your baby’s birth, it is important to make an informed choice about the kind of birth experience you would like to have. Although you can never plan every aspect of a birth, the more you know about your options, the more in control and relaxed you will feel as you approach this momentous experience.

Updated: April 20, 2022

Preparing to Give Birth During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Advice for planning for childbirth during the coronavirus pandemic

When a woman gets pregnant, so many questions run through her mind: Will it hurt? How much weight will I gain? Will I poop during labor? One question that likely never crossed any woman's mind when they got the news about being pregnant is whether she will be forced to birth alone, with limited pain relief, and possibly be separated from her baby at birth due to a global pandemic.

Birth Story: A Twin Birth

Twin Birth Experience

Gillian found out she was having twins at an early scan. At first she was worried that the pregnancy and birth would be hard, but her confidence grew as she saw her babies growing well. She went into labor at 35 weeks.

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Questions to Ask About Your Birth Plan

Questions About Your Birth Plan

When planning where and how you ideally want to give birth, you need to consider both what you would prefer and what the hospital or birthing centers can offer. The following questions may act as helpful prompts.

    Questions to ask yourself

  • Who would you like to have with you during the labor and birth?

  • Do you want an active labor?

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