Prodomal Labor - Your Step-by-Step Guide to The Stages of Labor | Fit Pregnancy - Fit Pregnancy

Your Step-by-Step Guide to The Stages of Labor

From the first contractions through transition and birth, we get the lowdown on labor stages from Lamaze.

What’s Happening: Prodomal Labor

The cervix begins to soften, thin and move forward, and it may begin to open. The baby settles into the pelvis. At this point of childbirth, contractions may be noticeable as an achy sensation or as pressure in the lower abdomen or back. Contractions in this phase are usually irregular—starting and stopping; sometimes strong, sometimes mild. This is your body’s natural way of gearing up. This phase can last from a few hours to a few days.

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By Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE. Images courtesy of Lamaze.
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