What to Expect During Labor
Knowing the Signs of Labor
Mucus Plug or "Show"
- Contractions that come at regular intervals and last about 30-40 seconds. The contractions will get closer and closer together.
- Contractions that do not go away when you move around.
- Pain from the contractions that may be felt in the back and the front of your abdomen.
- Irregular cramps that do not get consistently closer.
- Contractions that stop when you walk, rest, or change position.
- Contractions that are felt only in the abdomen (not in the lower back).
The Stages of Labor
First Stage of Labor
- Hot and cold flashes
- Sensitivity to the environment
- Nausea or vomiting
- Leg cramps
- The urge to push
Second Stage of Labor
Third Stage of Labor
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 12/2012 -
- Update Date: 12/07/2012 -
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