Becoming a mother is one of the moments which are awaited by the pregnant woman. The pregnancy will come to its highest phase after an average time of 9 months. Labor is one of the sessions which not happen fast. Everything takes time and we have to know the stages of labor for better preparation. Women have their own special way of labor. The basic of labor is the same; however there will be a different for every woman. It does not matter because it is a common thing. However preparing the great quality and comfortable labor is the obligation of every mother.
We have to check the stages of labor so we know the theory of labor itself. It will make the mother know the phases as well as what to do. This will be functional also for they who will do the labor in the first time. Labor consists of several phases. The general phases are the early labor, active labor and also transition phase. After these phases there will be the birth of the baby and also followed by delivering placenta stage. These are the phases of normal labor which you need to know. They are explained as follows:
First Phase of Labor Consists Early Labor, Active Labor and Transition
1. Early Labor
When women are curious about the process of labor, it happens for every woman. The presence of the stages of labor is always the same generally. However when it comes to the real execution, it will have some differences. To ensure that you know each of the stages in detail, here is about the early labor. It can be said to the first stages of labor that will be felt by the mother. You will need the labor preparation actions after you feel that you are entering the early labor stages.
This stage begins by the presence of cervix that starts to dilate. It means that the first contractions will happen in this stage. You know that the stages of labor all begin from these contractions. The contractions that happen in this stage are very early so it does not so strong. It is just in the form of mild contractions that will surely give you stimuli to the next contractions.
The presence of these contractions creates surprise feels for the mother, so she will think that the labor is close. The contractions are pretty unique because it happens for about 20 to 90 seconds then it will disappear and come in regular intervals. Contractions that happen in the stages of labor will be the sign that the cervix of the mother starts to open. This condition will also create some differences in the area of cervix itself.
There will be a brown discharge that comes out from the vagina. Sometimes it is also in the form of the blood tinged colors. Each of the women has different color; however the main color is basically the same. This is also well known to be a bloody show. It happens because there are mucus plug which give the covers to the cervical opening.
When you experience the stages of labor, so how long it will takes time? We know that the stages are having their own time to happen. This early stage is actually happen pretty longer than the other type of stages. Because it is the first contractions, it will come up to 12 hours. However some of the women are also experiencing 6 hours of process. It shows that the whole process are different each other. It depends on various aspects that are influencing the pregnancy.
You must think about the action that you really need. If the stages of labor already come, you can ensure about the duration of the contractions. If it happens regularly in couple of times, it might show that you are going to have early stages of labor. By the time, the contraction will increase and more intense. It is very important for you to ensure about the sense. Commonly this stage is very uncomfortable. There is nothing that you can do. You can just start to take a rest for preparing the next stages or just take some light activity such as watching movie or consultation with your husband as well as the other family members.
Although the stages of labor feels pretty uncomfortable, you will still be able to make sure that you are comfortable enough. It does not guarantee that you will be able to feel comfort as before. However by doing these efforts, you will get better. You can take a shower in that time, the warm water or hot water shower is better. You can even have some massage to make your body is ready for the labor. The favorite music can also be the best partner in this stage. The presence of monotonous sitting or sleeping position is also not good, so you can change your sit or sleep position for better comfort.
2. Active Labor
After you are coming out from the early stage, the stages of labor that you will suffer are the active labor. From the name, it sounds that this stage is more active than the previous stage. Well, this is the stage where the baby is really curious about the world. This is when you have to work more. In this stage, the presence of many changes happen, especially for the physical of the mother in the belly area. The stages will make the cervix dilate even up to 10 centimeters. Well, it is wide enough. It also contributes more contraction as well.
The presence of the contractions in the stages of labor will be stronger. The duration of each contraction is also longer and closer as well. Although the frequency is increased, the time of the contractions come is still regularly. In this stage, you will not only feel the contractions, some of the area in the legs will be cramp. It is something that is rarely happen before you enter this stage.
Pressure will also exist in the area of the back. It is the result from many contractions in the stages of labor. Many women say that this stage is the time when the painful effects is started to emerge. However it depends on the stamina of the mother as well. It can also be in the form of contraction without pain. In this case, you are the only one who is able to determine about your pain.
So, you have to consult and tell the people around about things that you feel. Duration of this stage is basically different each other. It will be influenced by several factors such as the condition of the pregnancy, stamina and also some other aspects that are more complex. The normal and regular active labor will takes time up to several hours.
However the stages of labor dos not reach 6 hours. It can be 1 or 2 hours or more. This condition is much shorter than the duration that you will experience in the early labor. This will also be the sign that you are ready to enter the next stages of labor. In this occasion, the next stages are transition stages.
The time when active labor is coming, you can ensure that you are preparing the stages of labor properly. So what you can do? Well, you can start to consulate to the labor coach as well as the place you are controlling your pregnancy. Sometimes they will bring you to the room for preparation of the labor. They will also give some support as well as encourage for motivate you ion passing the labor well. Several treatments for better breathing will be given so it brings you to more relax situation. It is the time for you in prepares everything for your labor.
Several actions are also needed to make sure that the mother has better comfort feels while passing the stages of labor. It can be started by having the most comfortable positions of sitting or sleeping. Because the contraction happen continuously, it is better to have the sleeping position for better comfort. There is also a larger ball made of rubber that is useful for rolling. Some women are even feeling so comfortable when they are taking shower using warm water. Some of them are also better to take some walk to reduce the pain of the contractions.
Some previous stages are really related well to the presence of contractions. Contractions are still become the great way to ensure about which stage you are belong to. Each of the stages of labor are having different characteristic and of course they are also need different treatments. If the early stages and active stages are still allowing you to do several activities such as bathing or take some walk, you will experience different thing with the next stage. Well, the stage that will bring you to the second phase is the transition stage.
It must be clear why the stages of labor are called as the transition stage. It happens because this stage is exists when the mother is changing the stage from the first phase which is in the form of active stage into the second phase. Not all the health professionals are having the transition stage. It happens because this stage is optional and only used as the movement form one phase to the other phase. However it does not a problem since the transition stage is also have benefits that contribute to the healthy and well prepared labor process.
In this stage, the cervix opening is still from 8 to 10 centimeters. The stages of labor will bring you to the labor process. Actually this stage is belonging to the most intense session. The contractions that arise are getting pretty strong and pretty often. It can even come for every minute or at least every three minutes. Well, do not be afraid of those contractions because you are already customized with the contractions that happen in the previous stages. Some people are even experience body shaking as well as shivering situation. Do not be worry, it is the normal situation.
As the stages of labor in this case transition stage, there will be the conditions where the baby is more active and want to come out. It makes the women or the mother has spontaneous feel to push the baby out. Although they are not asked that, it will happen naturally. However because it did not come to the labor phase yet, any push will not give the effects. The presence of bloody discharge is also often happen. It makes the mother feel nauseated. Sometimes they are also vomit because of this situation. It also followed by the dilation to get into the maximum size.
Because it is such a transition process, it can be realized that the stages of labor happen pretty fast. You will even not recognize that you are entering this stage after you give the birth. While waiting for entering the next phase, you can do some efforts that can make the better presence of the comfort. The first thing that you can do is to have the mild massage. It can be in the form of soft massage as well as the light touch around the body area that feel much pain. However not all the women like to this treatment. Some of them are even doing not want to be touched at all.
Sometimes the stages of labor also need the similar actions from the previous stages to make the mother reach her best comfort. It can be done by changing the position based on the mother comfort. This will reduce the pain as well as the pressure in the specific area of the body. The more you know how to position your body, the more your transition stages will be comfortable. It is one of the ways to reduce discomfort. The presence of cool cloth is also great to compress your head and relieve the pain during the stages.
The Baby Birth as Second Phase of the Stages of Labor
Once the first phases passed, you are coming into the second phase of labor. It is also can be said to be the pushing stages. Some people are calling it with different form. It does not matter since you know that the baby birth and pushing are the stages of labor that is the same. In this session, you are facing full dilate of your cervix. It means that the labor session starts. You will be the one who will push the baby out to the world.
This stage is the accumulation of all contractions that happen in some of the previous stages. The stages of labor are having very strong sensation of pushing. It is also followed well with the powered for pushing the baby. However not all the women are experiencing the same condition some of them are does not have any sense of pushing. If it happens, the labor coach will do some motivation and guidance to make the push is emerging. It will starts with the presence of uterus contracts. The uterus will bring the baby to the birth canal.
The stages of labor will happen automatically without needed any strong push from the mother. It happens because the activity of the uterus might gain better baby movement. If you need some push to strengthen the baby born, you have to manage the breath as well as the energy because it will affect your stamina after the baby born. Sometimes there are some efforts that are done by the labor coach for giving better push. However it is optional. If you can push the baby naturally, it will be much better.
Great push can be occurred when there are some contractions that are in the form of combination between the uterus and the abdominal muscles. It will make the baby move down accurately to the birth canal. If in a position the push of the stages of labor is still not strong, you can try to change your back position. It might give the stimulation for better power of pushing. The varieties of positions during pushing s are pretty rare to be done. However it can be done if you feel that you want to do that. Some of the women are also doing the same for reaching maximum power for push.
Accumulation of the power to push will make the head of the baby appear. This time, the labor coach can use their hand to afford the baby head. Commonly, once the baby head is coming out, you will be easier in doing the rest of the pressure. It happens because the size of the baby body is nearly the same with the head. The stages of labor are also followed by the stretching tissue on your genital area. So what you can do to make this movement is getting better? Well, you will need pretty fast pushing effort so the process can be passed fast.
Some of the women are holding the tension in the face. It is the thing which will not contribute the power to the baby. You have to bear it down and do some concentration while pushing the baby. Some of the additional actions are also appropriate to give better power. Some of them are sitting, kneeling, and even squatting. In some steps, the labor coach will also ask you to push gently, so you have to hear what he or she says about. By doing the stages of labor carefully, the vaginal tissues will tend to stretch, not tear.
Delivery of the Placenta Lasts Part from the Stages of Labor
This can be one of the phases which are awaited by the mother. Some of the family members that come are also feel so free when they know that the mother entering this phase. It is the stages of labor when the baby is born and he or she is contacting to the atmosphere.
Some of the actions will be done by the labor coach after this phase is starts. They will place the baby in the arms of the mother. They commonly also placed the baby on the abdomen. As one of the happiest moment, this stage is really great. The stages of labor team will deliver the placenta and controlling anything about your genital area.
Some of the aspects that are controlled are the way you bleed. They will make sure about your condition as well as the normal bleeding situation. It does not mean that the labor process is done. It will only be done if the health care is positioning you into the rest session. In this stage, the placenta will be delivered through some process. The process does not take a very short time.
It starts with the first minute after the stages of labor when your baby born and couple of minutes forward. Some of the placenta will be delivered in about 5 minutes. However it can also takes up to 30 minutes. It depends on the condition of the labor itself. This stage is commonly not so stressful because the mother is already done with the contraction or all the pushing activity.
She will tend to be calm and relax because she loses so much energy. When you are in this stage, you have to ensure that you are relaxed. Commonly this condition makes the mother is pretty confuse with what is going on. You can try to breast feeding the baby. Baby that is already born does not mean that you will lose the contraction at all. There will be something the same happens for this the stages of labor. Some of them are in the presence of mild contractions that are continuously happen.
This does not matter because it means that the muscles are adjusting to the definite situation. It will also give some sensation of shaky as well as you entering the active stage. This is normal as well as you experience chills as well. The presence of massage will give better sensation especially for the area in the lower part of the abdomen.
Massage of the stages of labor can be done by the health care provider. Commonly they will automatically put the massage to reduce the pain of the mother. It does not need the strong pressure of massage. The small pressure will be enough for supporting better comfort. It is functioned well in expelling the placenta from the uterus. The effort of delivering the placenta is sometimes also need more effort like pushing. However the power that you need is lower than before.
Small amount of blood is also following this part of the stages of labor. However it does not matter because the health care already ensures that you are having the normal bleeding situations. In some cases that cause the torn tissue of the vagina will also make the health care is putting the stitches. However for some women that have no tear part, stitching does not needed at all. However you have to be ready with this situation. To ensure that the condition is better, the health care will also do some injection of anesthetic. It will reduce the pain along the stitching process is done. It will also be useful for reduce or minimizing the blood flow.
Well, there are stages of labor that you need to know. Each of the stage has different situation, condition and even treatment. It is important for you who want to have baby or doing the labor to know every detailed part. It makes you capable to do your task when the labor session is coming. Although you already know all the stages and the procedure, you will still need to hear everything or every command that are asked by your health care as well as the stages of labor coach. In the labor process, they will guide you to the best experience and safest options of doing the labor.