The Wonders of Pregnancy and Childbirth
Childbirth is considered to be a wonderful experience for many women all over the world. While preparing for childbirth during the nine-month journey pregnant women make several visits to their doctors, take prenatal vitamins for their and the baby's health, read numerous books on child birthing and even participate in child birthing classes to learn about what to expect in childbirth. All want to know what labor feels like, how long it lasts and what to do to make it easier.
Although every woman's experience in pregnancy and child birth is different, there are some essential cycles of events that are the same for all women regarding normal labor and childbirth.
What is Prodromal Labor?
Prodromal labor is mostly referred to as "false labor." Prodromal labor feels a lot like active labor. However, it is not constant in progression like active labor. It does not produce a break to the birth of the baby. Prodromal labor does play an important part in labor and delivery, however. It prepares the uterus, the cervix and the baby for childbirth. There are things that must take place before the baby can be born and prodromal "false" labor serves these purposes by performing the beginning work. However, some pregnant women do not even feel the prodromal "false" labor and the preliminary work is done without the woman even realizing it.
The Stages of Childbirth
There are several stages to labor and delivery. In stage one, the upper part of the mother's uterus muscles start to contract and the cervix then begin starts to thin and dilate because of the pressure on the blood vessels in the cervix. In the beginning, contractions take place every five minutes, but once the cervix is dilated, contractions resurface at three minute intervals. This typically means the mother feels more pressure and pain more frequently now. However, some women have actually reported to have no pain at all during delivery and deliver their babies very quickly.
Once contraction frequency increases, the cervix dilates even the more. At this point, the contractions begin every two minutes and the cervix is fully dilated. After the cervix fully dilates, the baby's head usually begins to surface.
In stage two, if it's your first delivery, you will take deep breaths and hold your breath at each contraction until the baby completely emerges from your body. Taking deep breaths and holding them is known for helping the mother to tolerate pain. During this time, you may also feel like you need to make a bowel movement.
After the baby comes out, fluids are removed from the baby's nose, mouth and respiratory passages.
In stage three, the baby is finally out, the uterus contractions stop, and the uterus muscles are relaxed, but within minutes the contractors begin again to and increase to completely expel the placenta from the body. Once the placenta is out, the uterus contractions finally stop and the muscles of the uterus relax. The uterus begins to progressively return to its normal position.