Early labor in child birth is exciting at first as you realize that it is now time to have your baby and that the birth of your baby is imminent. It is the longest part of labor and the easiest. Your cervix will dilate to four centimeters during this period. Contractions will last between 30 and 60 seconds and be 5 to 10 minutes apart. When you think you are in labor, call your health care provider. The early stage of child birth may last from 2 to 10 hours. You'll be instructed not to eat just in case an emergency cesarean section is needed.
During active labor you will dilate from 4 to 8 centimeters. Your contractions will be about 45 seconds in length and be about 2 minutes apart. As time goes on you will want to focus on what you are doing and you will become increasing irritable. This is the stage when nasty things are normally said to a partner. Your mind is on child birth or "getting your baby out!".
Transition | Preparation for Delivery
This is your shortest but most intense phase of labor. Your contractions will last from 45 to 60 seconds and be 1 to 2 minutes apart. Your baby will be here soon. Don't be surprised to hear a groan come out of your mouth. It happens to most women and is quite normal during child birth. You may have uncontrollable trembling or feel cold. You may feel like you want to vomit. You are less concerned about modesty at this point. You may feel a loss of control over the situation or feel like you can't take another contraction. If offered medication you are most likely to take it.
Before the onset of labor and delivery your body will give you signs that full blown labor is about to begin. One of the signs of labor is "lightening" which is when your abdomen seems to drop or lighten. Your baby moves into position for birth. Indigestion will not be as apparent in labor.