The latent phase of childbirth

The latent phase is the first phase of the delivery. Some of them share this phase during the development phase, because it is a kind of precursor that the birth starts and you get access. But in this article we have the latent phase disconnected.

The latent phase

The latent phase is the phase that your childbirth really starts. When this is difficult to predict. Although you are always calculated on a certain date, it is not very often that you will give birth exactly on that day. Some women give birth after 37 weeks of pregnancy and others have to start 42 weeks before the child is ready to be put on our world.

In short: it is simply not easy to predict when you exactly give birth. The only thing you can do is listen carefully to your body and pay attention to whether you have signs. What about that signs of childbirth to be? We are going to tell you all!

Signs of delivery in the latent phase

The signs that your birth is about to start are contractions and the breaking of your membranes. Some women think that the birth starts with the breaking of the membranes, but that is only the case with 10 to 15% of the women. With the other 85 to 90% it starts with the contractions.

How do real contractions feel?

If you have never given birth, it can be difficult to determine when you are now real contractions have. During pregnancy it can occur that you have often had a hard belly (Braxton Hick-contractions) or cramps. These cramps are also called 'practice pains' called. But that is not yet the 'real work'. How do you know that childbirth has started?

A woe you recognize by the fact that it has a run, a highlight and that it then disappears again. What you feel at that moment is a cramp or a pain in your stomach. The pain you feel is caused by the access that starts.
In the first phase, the woe comes back just about every 10 minutes. If you discover this regularity, you can be sure that the graceful started. It is possible that you lose some bloody mucus during these initial contractions. Do not worry, that's part of it.

What happens during the latent phase?

The contractions that arise during the latent phase (ie the first 'real contractions') ensure that the access opens. In this phase you get about 3 to 4 centimeter access. Although the latent phase means the beginning of the delivery, you do not have to go to the hospital right away.

The latent phase lasts on average about 12 to 14 hours, but with your first delivery it can take 24 to 48 hours. It is best to try to stay calm and continue with your daily activities. That is of course easier said than done, but it is still the advice that we want to give you. Of course you should listen to your body.

Do you want to know what all the symptoms are that announce the beginning of the delivery?

When the contractions follow each other faster and are so intense that you can no longer occupy yourself with other things, this means that you go to the next phase of the delivery: the opening up phase.

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