Latent, initial period. Note the frequency of contractions. You may notice that the fight has not yet come regularly. Time between about 5 to 10 minutes. Listen to your feelings. Painful symptoms can be completely absent or to be negligible. Be sure the neck of the uterus has already begun to unfold. Don't panic and warn his family about the beginning of contractions, that they were ready to call the midwife.
Active, middle period. Note that the contractions increased significantly. They each lasted about half a minute and occur every 3-5 minutes. To determine when the first ended and the second period is difficult for the layman. Be careful, try to control the time duration of contractions and their intensity at least approximately. An additional indicator is that in about 20 minutes after the start of the active period, the contractions reach their intensity. At this time the neck of the uterus appeared to 4-8 see Also in this period may rupture the SAC, which is characterized by rupture of membranes.
A period of transition. You define the start of the third, final period in the following signs: Contractions coming every 1-2 minutes and last about one and a half minutes. They are very intense and you feel the urge to start pushing. You must restrain yourself. Take pain symptoms, scream, moan during contractions. Many women at this time feel a deep pain in the lower back. This is due to the fact that the baby is putting pressure of your weight on the lower spine. Lie on your side or get on all fours. You will feel better. All these symptoms show that the uterus revealed at 8-10 cm and approaching childbirth. Soon you'll feel a great desire to visit the toilet "in large", it attempts to begin. Your uterus is fully disclosed.