Labour and birth happens with two stages as early labour(First Stage) and Active labour (second stage)
Before one week you are going to deliver the baby.you may start feeling Braxton Hicks contractions ,sudden urge to clean home,an increase in vaginal discharge and your mucus plug may get released with a gush of fluid along with a stream of blood, waters breaking (rupture of the membranes), backache and an urge to go to the toilet, which is caused due to baby head pressing on your bowel.
First Stage (Early Labour)
If you are a first time mom then your pregnancy take longer .Ensure that you stay at home during the active labour stage .Take plenty of rest and Eat a healthy meal with fluids If you are feeling regular and painful contractions for every 30 seconds your early labour stage is started. Once your contractions last 30-60 seconds and occur every five minutes,contact hospital.
The Second Stage (Active Labour)
• The second stage or the active labour is the one when your cervix is 10 cms dialated your womb is opened for the baby to slide out and your contractions are more stronger and painful.You may need to push to give birth .Two or three longer push is much more effective than a single push by holding your breath.your midwife will guide you through this. Being upright allows baby to come out quickly due to gravity.never hold your breath for long periods as this may decreases the amount of oxygen available for your baby and your uterus.At this stage your baby is moving from the birth canal to the world .
Some womens may experience prolonged labour. Labour can sometimes be slower than expected. If your contractions are not coming often enough regular and strong, or due to your baby position.your midwife may speed up labour by breaking waters or an oxytocin drip. others may deliver as quick as fast.All depends on body conditions along with baby positions.Every pregnancy is unique.