The first stage

The first stage is usually the longest. It can last for twenty hours, and occasionally even longer.

The first stage of pregnancy

What to look for

Labour can start very quickly or it can seem to take ages. Sometimes it can start without you realising it.

Early labour

We’ve all heard stories about people who have been in labour for many hours and others who had their babies within minutes.

Coping with
early labour

Listen to your body. Experiment with different movements and do what’s most helpful for you.

Checks and monitoring during labour

Both you and your baby will be checked regularly throughout labour to make sure you are both doing ok.

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