A lot can happen in one day, that’s a whooping 24hours; you can go from janitor to president, from single gypsie to hot wife. A lot more can happen between 3 cm to 10 cm. it’s not just a 7cm difference, we talking about “life-changing decisions” kind of difference.
(LOL)So many people actually think that once contractions are felt, woman goes to the hospital, pushes for a while, and cries while at it and blah blah, baby is out. OK guys, that happens in the movies, also in the movies 5 years is shown in 1 hour 45 minutes. In the real world, 5 years is a whole lot of days.
Early labor phase; Onset of labor, cervix is dilated to about 3cm. Slight contractions, not that serious. You can still go about your business. Nothing is as emotional. Here anticipation level rises, you text your sister or bestie telling her it’s about to go down. You are excited.
Active labor phase: Continues from 3cm. Here, right here, if you are not in the hospital yet, I really don’t know why. But get yourself over there by any means, because ish is about to get real. Contractions last longer and come stronger, 45 seconds to 1 minute, giving you a break of 3-5 minutes. You may want to use this time wisely, take deep short breaths. Change positions. Talk. Anything, but remember you have only 3-5 minutes before the next contraction. So, you are usually at this for about 3-5 hours.
Transition phase: here is where some mothers go, “Dammit! We can do this later” “Let’s just give it up already, I’m a loser” and all that stuff they never remember they said once the baby is out. This is the 8cm to 10cm move, the most challenging phase, but the shortest. You can’t explain to a woman in labor though, because it’s going to feel like 48 hours. In reality, max 2hours.
Once the 10cm mark is reached, baby is set to pop. *pheew!*
The next time you see a woman with kids, know this; she has seen the wonders of the world. Show some respect!!
Contributed By: Chisom Nwobodo