I’m on my 6th month of pregnancy and I can’t help but wonder about a few things. You see, this is my first child and I’m so scared about what will happen comes the big day!
Big Day means the DAY! The Day I will give birth to this beautiful child inside me. But how will I get ready for that day?
Some say I need to walk around days before I give birth so that the baby will go down my uterus. Some say I need to eat the white of an egg RAW just as I enter the delivery room. These are some of the things I hear from those who already experienced giving birth.
But hey, I need to know everything about childbirth so I read and read about it. I just can’t go in there and have an idea what it’s like. I need to know what happens exactly during this excruciating period.
Basically, childbirth is the last phase of pregnancy. After 9 months of carrying the baby around in your tummy, the baby needs to get out. According to Wikipedia, there are 3 stages of labor during the process of natural childbirth.
Let’s go to the 1st stage. It’s called the dilation. Dilation of the cervix, that is! It’s when your cervix opens up gradually to allow the baby to come out. Actual labor starts when the cervix is already 3cm dilated. During this stage, contractions may or may not start. Also, you may or may not bleed due to rupture of the membranes during this stage. Contractions varies from one woman to another. If this is your first child, it may take as long as 8 hours for your cervix to be fully dilated. If not, it may take half of the time. Fully dilated means when your cervix is already dilated at around 10 cm. At 10 cm, the head of the baby can easily come out.
Now, let’s go to the 2nd stage. The 2nd stage is called the Expulsion. This is the descent and birth of the baby. This stage begins when the cervix is fully dilated and ends after the baby is born. At this stage, the baby’s head is at a woman’s pelvis. Pushing helps bring out the baby.
The final and last stage is expelling the placenta. According again to Wikipedia, and I quote, “The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination and gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply.” The placenta is usually expelled 15 – 30 minutes after the baby is born. After the placenta is expelled, blood loss may be limited due to the contractions of the uterus. Normal blood loss is around 600ml.
So there, the 3 stages of labor. Not exactly the nitty gritty details of childbirth, but at least, I can say now that I understand what happens during this period.
Till next time! 🙂