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How does the first birth begin and take place?

Signs of ongoing labor

The approaching first birth is a concern for every expectant mother. Emotional attitude is also important, so it is necessary to thoroughly study the stage of childbirth and prepare for it.To monitor the development of the fetus, it is important to register in a timely manner, regularly visit a gynecologist and examinations. The process of delivery largely depends on the course of gestation.
The fact that a woman will soon become a mother is indicated by characteristic signs:

A few weeks before childbirth, the belly sinks. Attentive women notice visual changes. Almost all expectant mothers feel how their condition is changing. When the abdomen drops, the fetus is displaced into the pelvic cavity. At the same time, the pressure on the digestive tract and diaphragm decreases. The pregnant woman notes that it has become easier for her to breathe, heartburn has ceased to torment, and the feeling of discomfort while eating has disappeared.

On average, the cork disappears in a week. Information education is in the cervix and is reliably protected from infection. Visually, the cork resembles a lump of mucus, and its total volume can reach 50 ml. The color of the lump can be from transparent to brown, and the discharge occurs in parts.

For 1-3 days, body weight decreases. Shortly before giving birth, the expectant mother may notice a decrease in weight. It is associated with a change in hormonal levels, due to which excess fluid leaves the body. In addition to the scales, this may be indicated by the disappearance of edema and an increase in the urge to urinate.

The timing of the appearance of precursors of childbirth may differ from case to case. Some people may not notice the discharge of the plug when it occurs in the first stage of delivery. Others also indicate pain in the pelvic bones caused by their separation. Many people experience discomfort in the lower abdomen, causing increased fetal movement.

How to recognize training contractions

All expectant mothers had to hear about false contractions. When carrying a first child, it can be difficult to recognize them. Many women, feeling pain and discomfort at 20-25 weeks, get scared. It is necessary to be prepared for the so-called "sweatpants" or Braxton-Hicks contractions to appear at this time.
A distinctive feature of this condition from the period of active labor is the lack of stability. Training contractions of the muscle layer of the uterus occur spontaneously and disappear just as quickly. The expectant mother feels her stomach tighten. Many people compare this to petrification. At the same time, bursting sensations appear in the small pelvis, but they should not be accompanied by pain or liquid discharge.

Training contractions often occur in response to a stimulus - during physical activity, driving a car, while doing housework. As labor approaches, the expectant mother will feel false contractions of the uterus more and more often.

How does the first birth begin

Childbirth is considered urgent - occurring on time - if it starts between 37 and 42 weeks. The average mother, whose gestation took place without complications, gives birth at 39-40 weeks. You can determine the date of an important event by approximately the date of the last menstruation.
Urgent labor without complications normally begins with productive contractions of the uterus or discharge of amniotic fluid. At this stage, you must immediately go to the hospital or call an ambulance.
If a woman goes to a maternity clinic before 37 weeks with productive contractions, then the medical staff acts according to the situation. When it allows you to stop the process and delay delivery, this opportunity is used. Premature labor is considered to be between 22 and 37 weeks of gestation.

It happens that nothing happens even at 42 weeks. In this case, stimulation is performed, the method of which depends on the patient's condition.

How long does it last

Expectant mothers are especially concerned about how the childbirth is going. No specialist will be able to say in advance how long it will take for a child to appear. The average normal duration of a first birth is 9 to 12 hours.

Rapid labor is characterized by a shorter duration. In this case, the expectant mother will give birth in 4-6 hours. With this result, the woman is given special attention during subsequent births, since they can be even faster.