You’ve been waiting for this day for 40 weeks. You’re finally – ouch! – in labour. Here’s what to expect at every stage of the process. To begin, the first stage of labour involves dilation (opening) and effacement (thinning and shortening) of the cervix, as your body prepares for the baby’s birth.
During early or first-stage labour, the cervix dilates three to four centimetres. You may:
During the second stage of labour, the cervix dilates fully and the baby is born! You may: