The baby has been engaged in the pelvis for several weeks. Today the young woman feels that something has changed. She has a sensation of heaviness and yet a need to do a thousand things very urgently. One woman will rearrange the dishes or the linen closet, another polishes the silver or scrubs the kitchen. You may smile about it, but it is a customary sign; birth is not far off, and already may have begun.
Child birth satges:
Labor is conveniently divided into three distinct stages:
- The first stage, or dilatation of the cervix, begins with the first true labor pain and ends with the complete dilatation of the cervix.
- The second stage, or expulsion, begins with the complete dilatation of the cervix and ends with the birth of the baby.
- The third stage, or the placental stage, begins with the delivery of the baby and ends with the delivery of the placenta.