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During the latent (or “early”) phase of labor, you’ll start to feel contractions as muscles in the walls of the uterus get to work. These. Contractions in labor frequently start in the back and move to the front.

The abdomen can feel tight during a contraction. If this is the first time you are giving birth, you may worry that you are. Every first-time mom-to-be wants to know, what does early labor feel like? Contractions during the latent phase of labor can feel like strong tightening or squeezing in your belly and could be super-painful or just a little uncomfortable, Greves says. “It depends on the woman,” she says. “Everybody has a different pain threshold.”.

Early labor (also known as the latent phase of labor) is usually still some time away from the actual birth. It helps your baby get into place for birth. During early labor you’ll start feeling.

It’s actually divided into two phases of its own — early labor (latent phase) and active labor. Early labor During early labor, your cervix dilates and effaces. You may feel some pain.

Sometimes early labor contractions are quite painful. If your labor is typical, however, your early contractions will be mild enough for you to talk through them and putter around the house, or even doze off between them. You may see a mucousy vaginal discharge. What to expect: Early labor will last approximately 8-12 hours.

Your cervix will efface and dilate to 4 cm. Contractions will last about 30-45 seconds, giving you 5-30 minutes of rest between contractions. Contractions are typically mild and somewhat irregular but become progressively stronger and more frequent. Prodromal labor is labor that starts and stops before fully active labor begins. It’s often called “false labor,” but this is a poor description.

Medical professionals recognize that the. What to Expect When You’re in the Latent (Early) Phase of Labor Medically reviewed by Valinda Riggins Nwadike, MD, MPH The latent phase of labor comes before the active labor. The first stage of labor is divided into three phases: latent, active, and transition. The first, the latent phase, is the longest and least intense.

During this phase, contractions become more.

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It is common for a first-time mother to be in latent labour for 12–24 hours, during which time she will experience irregular contractions (sometimes two in ten minutes, sometimes none for an hour or so) (Henderson and Macdonald, 2004).

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It is common for a first‐time mother to be in latent labour for 12–24 hours, during which time she will experi‑ence irregular contractions (sometimes two in 10 minutes, sometimes none for an hour or so; Henderson and Macdonald 2004).

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The changes in the musculoskeletal system are slowest to recover and, if she does not care adequately for herself, the mother may experience long-term patterns of weakness in the areas of the body which had to make the most changes in pregnancy and labour, notably the abdomen, lower back and pelvic floor.

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first stage of labour, a period of 8 to 12 hours marked by the onset of regular contractions of the uterus with full dilation of the cervix and the appearance of a small amount of bloodtinged mucus.

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Stage 2: A few Fully POWerful Pain lessens, and Pushing, Contractions | dilated Contractions you may be able to giving to Over 1O Crn about every rest.

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First stage labour, which lasts between 3 and 12 hours, occurs when uterine contractions push the fetuses, fetal fluids and placentae against the cervix, causing it to dilate.

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first stage of labor [ME, fyrst + OFr, estage + L, labor, work], a period of 8 to 12 hours marked by the onset of regular contractions of the uterus with full dilation of the cervix and the appearance of a small amount of blood-tinged mucus.

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As labor progresses, back discomfort encircles the lower abdomen with each contrac­tion.

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The first stage of labor begins with the onset of regular uterine contractions with concomitant cervical dilation and effacement, and it ends with complete cervical dilation.

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The process of a normal labor is described in three stages: dilatation, expulsion, and placental.

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  • So encouraging. 39 weeks pregnant and came home from the doc crying because I’m not dilated yet. I’ve been throwing up every day since week 9 and I just want to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This video gave me JUST THAT. Thank you!

  • Cringed when I saw you blow up the balloon. I had a balloon dilation to get me from 1 to 4cm with no epidural. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a balloon the same!��

  • I can so relate at this stage. Don’t know how long my preLabour will last, but I will go through the process with peace and rest. Its a precious time. Yes!

  • My husband overheard this video and when you said “losing your Mucus plug means that birth is imminent”. My husband said “well so does being pregnant. You gotta give birth at some point.” ������ so funny

  • I have a question: I had around 10 regular but very light period like cramps a few days ago and they were 9-13minutes apart we thought we were in labour but then it just stopped. Now three days later I’m feeling nothing but just really tired and achey? I’m 35 weeks pregnant and have been diagnosed withild cholestasis. What was that? Should i do something about it it just wait, I see my doc on a few days

  • I just had an appointment and my doctor checked me to see how far I was dilated. I’m 38 weeks and I am not dilated at all. He made me feel very discouraged and said that I wasn’t working hard enough to dilate. I walk about 20-30 minutes almost every day and do exercises as often as I can but it doesn’t seem to have done much.

  • I have GD and I’m so scared that they won’t give me a chance to give birth naturally and they’ll push me to do a c section faster than other women without
    GD:(

  • I’m 36+2 now and I have a membrane sweep next Tuesday 37+3 so will be asking all these question then to see how favourable I am as I’m being induced on the 16th December due to severe pelvic girdle pain but I can already feel my body making lots of changes at this point which is nice and promising �� so I just want to say thank you I’m also loving your meditation videos to just recenter my emotions and feeling and connect with my baby x

  • I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant and have been dilated at 2 cm since 36 weeks. I had a natural delivery with my son, but have been nervous for some reason with baby #2. I don’t know why because honestly it was everything I hoped it would be with my son. I guess I’m scared I won’t be so lucky this time! But, your videos are so helpful in calming me and reminding me that I can do this again.

  • I feel like I’m never going to have my baby I haven’t been having any contractions that I could say for sure only period like light cramps. I have been 3cm and 100% effaced for almost 2 weeks now and I’m showing no signs this is progressing any �� but your video was great ��

  • Do you have a video talking about Discharge during pregnancy 2-3rd trimester? Discussing what’s normal and when to grow concern. Currently discharging lots of discharge with the consistency of white/stringy and thick, but sometime extremely wet and slimy…..

  • This is important to talk about because docs will use this as an excuse to say “failure to progress” and then you’re on the route to a c section

  • I usually lose my mucas plug first and go into labor anywhere between 6-10 hours later. I’ve experienced seeing the whole thing at one time and also only a small amount. Enough to know when to call my midwife to let her know. I’m overdue right now with my 4th baby and still waiting for it!

  • The moment my mucus plug fell,water broke and baby was out within 30 minutes after,so I think things are different with everyone, Because I was thinking it’s early labor,if not for hubby who insisted we go to the hospital am sure I would have delivered at home

  • Love from Malaysia for you Bridget! I’m hoping my vbac will be natural n gentle Birth-EDD on 24th Jan 2020. Love all your videos, I’m downloading it and watching it everyday. It’s really empowering and educate me. Thank you. Love and hugs for you!!

  • I think I just lost my mucus plug today like 6 hrs ago. It was brownish and kinda sticky but not a lot, been having really bad lower back pain and it gets worse for a few seconds then it goes back to how it was. Can somebody tell me if this are contractions?

  • I’m due in a week! I absolutely looove pregnancy, makes me feel like she enjoys it to so she’ll want to stick around longer lol, I want to meet her so bad and I think I’m ready to now as much as I’d love her to stay ��

  • Already did it I did it before the first in a second time I hope I’m pregnant can I ask you a question do your vagina turn purple down here when you pregnant

  • Hi, I’m a FTM, and I’m 40 weeks +1 day. I lost my mucous plug this morning! Haven’t had contractions yet, so trying to stay calm and not freak out �� Thank you so much for these videos, Bridget!

  • Ive been having random pelvic pain that’ll change the way i walk and will often have me bent over but it only lasts a few seconds…..is this early labor

  • I have been 100% effaced for over a week now and 4cm dilated. Baby is still too high to start labor. I’m being induced tomorrow and I’m nervous hoping that progression is without a hitch.

  • Tomorrow I’ll be 36 weeks. Seeing if my baby is still breech or not today at my ultrasound. Also gonna check out why I’m leaking sweet smelling fluid since Wednesday. I’m so done with being pregnant.

  • Just in case anybody cares, sometimes early labor FEELS and LOOKS like prodromal labor. Always call your midwife/ob, and insist on going in if your gut keeps telling you you need to. I am one of the rare ones who have rip roaring labors that go from 0-500 in minutes. I almost didn’t make it to the birth center in time with baby one because the midwife said I didn’t sound uncomfortable enough. my son’s head was coming out, she didn’t listen because I still didn’t seem there yet by my demeaner till she pulled my pants down and went “oh shit.” My second kid I came in for my 41 week appt at 8 cm dilation, with no idea. Equally comfortable. That was 1 pm. I didn’t have active labor until 10 pm. My baby came 30 minutes later right after my water finally broke. That day I spent the day with my husband shopping and eating out and enjoying my day. Totally comfortable until the very end.

    Again, this is VERY rare, but it does happen. You gotta trust your gut because I almost had a roadside baby.

  • I didn’t dilate even 1 cm for my last baby 12 years ago, they said my cervix was hard like scar tissue. I’m now 24 weeks pregnant again (11 years later) and interested in anything I can do to soften my cervix toward the end of my pregnancy. I do prenatal yoga and meditation but if there are any specific meditations or anything you can recommend I really would love to have a natural birth this time instead of a c section. I am a prenatal yoga teacher and would love to be able to practice what I preach with the breathing and relaxation techniques for birth. Thank you for your amazing informative videos ������

  • Very informative thank you Bridget! First time mom during this COVID madness is so stressful you have been immensely helpful and made me confident in my body to be able to stay somewhat calm in my 9th month of pregnancy. Thank you so much!!!! ������

  • Is there anything to do to prepare body for a possible c-section? I’m 34 weeks today and because of the location and size of my fibroid,doc said they will determine at my 36th week appointment if I should get scheduled for a c section or not… Now I’m thinking I bought a birthing ball for nothing ☹️

  • Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Im on my 6mos and feeling anxious and excited. I found all your videos extremely helpful especially for first time moms. God bless you heart.

  • Im 39weeks 4cm dilated and no contractions as of right now ��, I got sent home yesterday bc apparently my contractions weren’t strong enough….

  • I had the bloody show today and I’ve been cramping but they don’t feel like contractions. I have no idea what it means at this point

  • I’m 39 weeks and 5days and still no sign of labour and I have sex every other day to help soften up the pelvic and still nothing and I’m due Tuesday coming ��‍♀️��‍♀️��‍♀️������ I’m stressed out worst with this virus thing going on I need to see my baby now

  • My doctor has said I am in early labor and have been sitting there for the past 4 days! So frustrating, but using this advice to help distract myself.

  • I just want to say thank you for gently and kindly explaining things like the mucus plug. I always feel silly, like shouldn’t I know these things already; like, my friend recently gave birth and was telling her birth story to me and a couple other ladies and EVERYONE but me understand all the terms, whereas I was secretly making a note in my head to google stuff later. But when you started just lovingly explaining what it was and didn’t assume everyone knows dang that hit me hard and I was SO relieved. Thank you so much for being so thoughtful and explaining everything so kindly.

  • I’m due in exactly 2 weeks and I haven’t lost my mucus plug yet, a few days ago my doctor said my cervix is still closed.. I don’t want to make my baby after my due date.. ����

  • Thank you! I’m 36 weeks along and starting to have more frequent and consistent Braxton Hicks. I’m going to be checked for dilation at my next appointment.

  • Thank you so much for this video. I am 38 weeks along and have an irritable uterus. It feels like I am always in labor when I am not. I keep hoping they are true labor contractions but this video made me realize maybe everything is not in line yet and it is okay to wait. Thank you!!

  • Your videos have honestly helped me soooo much through my pregnancy due to covid I feel I haven’t gotten the care I would have as classes etc were all canceled! So thank you so much for making these videos!! (I’m due on the 15th of September!!)

  • The balloon demonstration was helpful, but it made me so tense. I kept waiting for the balloon to pop�� Overall very informative video ❤️❤️

  • Thanks a lot! Your videos are really helping me relax more, empowering me with knowledge and making me feel better prepared while gaining dats in hospital. Please keep informing us �� Also, is there anything you can advise for twin pregnancies with a risk of preterm labour? Thanks!

  • Just stumbled across this video/channel and it is by the FAR the best resource I have found on YouTube regarding pregnancy and labor!! I am 2 days past my “due date” and needing to hear everything that is being said here… and I REALLY appreciate the way that you ladies deliver this information! So calm and collected, you really are helping to support me in my journey. Thank you!!

  • I have seen the balloon demo about effacement but this was super informative,especially about the Cardinal Movements.Thank you.Love your channel.

  • Your videos has helped so much! I’m 36 weeks with my first child and been having little contractions and I’m nervous about labor and this has helped me relax so much and wrap my head around everything thanks so much ��

  • I’m entering my second trimester on Saturday and you’re videos are helping me feel more confident in my choice to do an all natural birth! It’s my first baby so I’ve had tons of people say that I’m going to ask for an epidural the moment it starts eye roll I wish they’d just be supportive instead of doubting me so harshly.

  • I’m only 24 weeks pregnant with my third babe and I’m watching this video because I’m so excited to go through labor and delivery once again!

  • I’m 38 weeks will be 39 weeks in 3 days. At my OB app yesturday I got checked for dilation I’m dialating 1 1/2cm. Late last night I went to the bathroom and notisted a bloody mucus comw out. “Bloody show” is what came up when I looked up what it could be.

  • Very helpful I am almost 37 weeks and I believe that I started early labor!!! And it’s started to really get on my nerve since i have been going through pains for couple of days. The Advise that you guys are giving is very amazing and helpful and comforting!!

  • Hi…i just had a membrane sweep today.im exactly 37 weeks and this decision was because my placenta is very calcified. What can i do facilitate labour after a sweep? Thanks.

  • Have you done a video solely for husbands/partners?
    And maybe a video for delivering a baby if your ever in that position of having to.

  • I was in “early labor” for three weeks! My second daughter came in three hours once the actual labor finally got here. It was hard for sure

  • Bouncing on my birth ball watching this and had to stop while watching her push on the balloon. I thought for sure it was going to POP! haha

  • Hi Bridget I’m 33 weeks and I’ve starting losing my mucus plug… it worries me cause I’ve only heard of women in late pregnancies losing them

  • Just woke up from a nap and I think my mucus plug was in my underwear it was very mucus in consistency and have some mild cramping

  • I’m 0cm dilated, with soft cervix and my cervix is anterior. My induction is in 1 week 4 days where I’ll be 39 weeks 4 days, I’m terrified.

  • This made me feel so much better �� At my 38 week 5 day appointment, I was still only 1cm dilated but my cervix is in an anterior position, I’m 75% effaced and baby is between a -2 and -1 station. Hopefully labor starts soon! Can’t wait to meet our little one ��Thank you for this!

  • You are incredible!! Thank you for making these videos… I’m a first time mom and have found these to make me more comforted and less scared.

  • Heeeyy just wanted to thank you for your videos! Im almost 35 weeks and i just feel so lucky to have found you during this beautiful journey in my life �� you make me feel so positive and relaxed about everything ������

  • I’ve been 50% effaced and 2cm dilated for weeks now. I’ve also has contractions (not Braxton Hicks) for four weeks but haven’t made any progress! I’m 39 weeks tomorrow and so frustrated. This is my second pregnancy and my first came at 37 and 4 days ��

  • 36 weeks and still haven’t lost my mucus plug. With my other 2 I lost it on the first day of 37 weeks. But they were both one week late. Mine looked like literal phlegm and snot lol about a palm sized amount. I do have soft stools, crazy Braxton Hicks so I’m impatiently waiting for baby ����

  • I have been having cramps that feel like menstrual cramps for the past couple days and I just lost my mucus plug (with a little blood) this afternoon. I’m 40weeks+1 today and I can’t wait to meet my baby girl! Still wondering when she is coming. ������ By the way, can I still put EPO in my vagina after I lost my mucus plug? Is it safe to do so?

  • Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information! I’m 39 weeks pregnant with my first baby. Last week we rushed to the hospital because of spotting during the night. The nurses told us that it was normal because of cervical examination. We thought that the baby will come out already because my Doctor informed us that I’m 2cm dilating already. Until now, we are still waiting. Since no one in our home had an experience with labor and delivery, we try to be alert always. I’m glad I stumble on your channel which is very helpful to prepare me with childbirth. I found some answers to my questions. It also helps me eliminate fear and replace it with excitement. It helps me trust the process. God bless you!

  • O been searching about this..Thank you give a lot information.(since i never giving preterm)
    I current 18 weeks pregnant with 6th baby and worried…braxkon kicks with or with lowback pain on and off. Just dont want to rush to hospital becuase as I know what they do.

  • I’ve been 4cm and 50% effaced for 2 weeks. I’ve had 2 days of regular painful contractions one day last week after stretch and sweep and again last night out of dead sleep. Baby is not engaged to help efface. So frustrating.

  • I am day 4 over my due date. I’ve been watching every video I can in the mean time since the pandemic has prevented us from attending birthing classes. I know there’s no such thing as a “late” baby and he will come when he is ready but I’m just ready to hold my little one. I’ve been walking like crazy and using my birthing ball as much as possible. Thank you for this explanation. It’s helping me understand why he might need more time. You are the best.

  • Very informative video i didn’t really know about any of this �� (I’m 39+5) I feel like this was extremely important for me to know!

  • Due date is tomorrow, so 39 weeks and 6 days today! So I am very happy to see this video because I feel like these last two weeks are never ending, and may need to be induced if he doesn’t want to come on his!

  • I started to feel cramping after a dilation check at 39 weeks. How do I know if I am having real contractions, Braxton Hicks or lightening crotch?

  • I’m 4cm dilated, 75% effaced and I lost my mucus plug today does that mean labor might be soon? I have no contractions though.

  • I am 30 weeks pregnant but Im already getting signs. I thought I was losing my mucus plug a couple months ago but I believe it was just clear sticky discharge. But today I started having pieces of yellow thick stuff coming out but not a whole lot. She’s already weighing in about 5 ibs. And I feel like I will be having her soon. This is my 3rd baby, 5th pregnancy. And my instincts just say it’s soon.

  • Sarah Lavonne did this balloon thing, it was pretty funny when she tried to pop out the ping pong ball lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8u2jRP85s0

  • My first was born 5.5 years ago so I feel like I need a refresher! Plus I was induced a little early for that one, so I’m not really sure how natural early labor feels. So happy to have these videos to learn from��only 6 weeks left����

  • Today is Monday and as of Friday I’ve been having menstrual like cramps in my very lower back and abdomen but mostly in my back. As of 6 days ago I was dilated to 3 1/2 and 70% effaced. The Braxton Hicks have gotten stronger this week but they are not consistent. How many days could I be experiencing this? This is my fifth pregnancy and did not have these symptoms with the others.

  • 38 weeks. I just lost my mucus plug. BTW, mine looked like yellow snot, but way thicker… Not egg whites.

    Praying for a healthy baby for all the pregnant ladies on here!!!!

  • Severe back pains, irregular yet mild to a bit strong menstrual-like cramps, leaking (though not much but when I smelt it, it doesn’t smell like urine)… am I in early labor? I’m 37 weeks and 4 days today. Been feeling this since last week

  • Bridget, in what mood is the baby during the labour? Is it a kind of a sleepy mood or is he or she kind of meditating and focuses to get out or is he or she fully alert and waiting for the uterus to slide them out? Do we even know something like this? I’m wondering☺️ I love your videos, please keep making them. They are VERY helpful. I am an analytic mind so I like to know things in details to know what’s happening, to be able focus on my part of a job, do it effectively and not wonder what the baby does, how do I look like down there, what is behind me, what is in front of me. It’s really good to know what’s happening and you do it in a really understandable way. I love to be prepared and you really give me the possibility to be prepared, so thank you a lot����

  • I’m 33 weeks and 5 days.
    My due date is August 8th.
    I’m feeling Braxton Hicks.
    Tbh I’ve been put on medication that could cause preterm labor, vomiting, my appetite to decrease and heartburn. I got off the medication yesterday because I’m trying to protect the baby from danger and harm. On the bottle it says “Ask a doctor if you’re pregnant or planning on getting pregnant.”

    That right there gave me a red flag saying that “This medication isn’t safe for pregnant women.” So rn because of the infection that goes along with pregnancy I’m having to be careful with what I take because of the fact that I have been trying to protect myself and the baby from harm and danger.

    I don’t know what I’ll be going through exactly because each pregnancy is different from any other pregnancy. My mom and my aunt went through preterm labor. My mom has been worried about me because during the first stage and second stage I’ve been overly stressed out and worried.

    In this last stage I’ve been more worried about becoming a bad mom and feeling like I’m being treated like open adoption is an option when I don’t really want open adoption.

    I just need encouragement. Rn not in the early labor stage more like in Braxton Hicks stage.

  • What if the bits of mucus plug went from egg white clearish yellow with red blood spot and random turns to an all brown color? Mine just started coming out brown in last hour. Been in early labor 5 days now. I’m only 35weeks +4 days. Docs say I’ll most likely deliver within a week. I’m scared and over paranoid now bc Everything is going downhill it feels like. I have my first child who is 14 and lost 8 to miscarriages now I finally am pregnant and his due date is dec 29th. I just want him to be ok. ��

  • Dialation has meant nothing in my pregnancies and births. With my second child I was 4-5 cm for weeks before my son came 9 days past his due date. With my 4th I went into labor a day early when I wasn’t quite 1 cm dialated.

    In labor on my last couple babies I felt defeated as they checked me and I had hardly progressed but was suffering transition like contractions being around a 4, but baby was born 30 min1 hour later in each one.

    I learned that I can trust my body by it’s pain, and don’t need to focus on dialation, as it can change quickly.

  • I love your videos! I am 34 weeks & enjoy listening to your videos while I am at work. I am trying to be as educated as possible & listening to you really has helped me learn more & help ease some of my fears about birth. Thank you for providing these! Especially on YouTube for free. It is wonderful for those us us that can not afford to take classes or pay for a Doula.

  • Love thinking of this as its own life stage. So many times as a labor nurse I see women get scared as they progress bc they aren’t present with their bodies. If we think of this as its own powerful stage then I think it will help us not be so afraid as it intensifies. I’m already the labor that we’ve been doing!

  • I feel so thankful that I found your channel, Bridget❤ Just watching your videos bring so much of calmness and reduce my stress. I’m almost 37 weeks and was anxious because of the pandemic but now, I’m quite confident thanks to you!! God bless you���� Will recommend your channel to anyone and everyone who is pregnant that I know��

  • I am only 1cm at 38 weeks and I’m actually really disappointed cause I was hoping I was at least a 2. I just want my little man out. I’m so tired�� but I’m 50% thinned out

  • 39 weeks and 5 days (second child after 7 years) lost some mucus plug today but no contractions.. waiting for his time to come into our world! ☺️

  • Okay I’m almost 39 weeks, dilated 1-2 two days ago when I got checked. Doc could feel baby’s head. I’ve been having steady contractions that last most of the day with cramping and moderate back pain going on 5 days. I just had what sounds like mucous plug come away this morning. Cloudy jelly like with a tinge of brown. You said notify people, do you mean that I should notify my doctor NOW? My next appt is Monday. This will be my first delivery after a mc. Thanks for all your informative videos, I have watched so many! ��

  • I am so so glad I found your channel a couple months ago! Your videos are so informative and reassuring, and your voice is so calming to listen to. I’ve been binge watching your videos and have even watched a few multiple times lol. I’m 31 weeks today with baby #3 and I’m more nervous this time than I was with either of my other births ��. I wish you were in my area because I would love to have you for a Doula, but unfortunately, we are on opposite sides of the United States lol, I’m in Florida. Thanks again for making such great content, can’t wait for more videos!

  • I had to leave the hospital after being there for 3 days and still at 1 cm. I couldn’t take it anymore after the 6 cervical checks bc they left me with so much pain that it hurts to walk. I wish I would have known how painful being induced is. I’m so upset and scared to go back to the hospital in the next few days if labor does not start.

  • Question. I’m hoping for a vbac after a traumatic and unnecessary csection the first time around. All my research is leading me to believe cervical checks don’t serve much of a purpose at all, and encourage women to actually decline them until you’re in active labor (and even then limit them) Curious your thoughts on this

  • With my son my water broke on it’s own at 35 weeks, just days before 36. When I went in i was only dilated to a 2 with no contractions. We waited some time and still no progress was happening, I ended up having pitocin. I labored for 15-16 hours (pushed for 45 minutes). My doctor at some point started saying my son was stressed and if he didn’t come soon we would have to do a c-section. Every time I contracted my sons heart rate would drop. Thank goodness I dilated from a 7-8 to a 10 quickly and I had him epidural free! I am now 6 years later due with rainbow baby boy #2 and plan on having another natural labor but feeling nervous with how it went with my son, especially during this pandemic. Trying to move my mind into a positive state and give myself some knowledge so I can voice more things I wish I had before.

  • I’m on my third pregnancy. For my first two home births I didn’t want to know my dilation. This really helped me. I also didn’t watch the clock. Others will do that for you, you don’t have to. I found it helpful to just be present and take each contraction by itself. Know yourself and what will help you stay in the game mentally. I plan to do the same thing this time and add some great breathing and relaxation techniques I’m learning on this channel.

  • week Before last I was 4 centimeters 40% Effaced then 4 in a half centimeters 60 percent effaced. I pray I have my baby tonight or tomorrow.

  • 36 weeks, 37 in 2 days! Already lost my mucus plug, still losing bits and pieces. 2-3 dilated and 50% effaced… my first born came at 37 weeks I pray she comes next week! I’m miserable and in pain!

  • I’m 33 weeks and can’t wait to deliver this baby boy because pregnancy is just not for me… I go through a lot in each one of them (3)

  • 39 currently. I don’t know when I lost my mucus plug, I did see a tiny amount on my tissue at some point but my doctor said I had lost it and I’m dilating already����‍♀️ it’s not a big deal.

  • I love watching your videos but it will be really helpful if you add pictures/video clips or other form of visuals in the content of your video so it is more understandable for your viewers.
    Thank you.

  • I am currently 38 weeks and -3 station and 1 cm dilated. Anything encouraging you can give me while i finish our these last 2 weeks?

  • I’m 17 weeks and this is my 3rd pregnancy, and after 2 c-sections I really want a V-bac my previous births I was in early labor and active labor, but under certain circumstances I had cesareans, I really feel strongly about having a natural birth this time around. Do you have any advice for V-bacs.