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FAQs on Labor Contractions
  What are labor contractions and why do they happen?
  How to tell from the contractions if I am in true labor?
  How do I time my contractions?
  What is the 5-1-1 or 3-1-1 guideline for timing contractions all about?
  How is early labor contraction different from active labor contraction?
  Are there trigger forces for Braxton Hicks contractions or are they spontaneous. How do I stay comfortable when I am having them?
  What is false labor?
  What are second and third stage contractions?
  What are Braxton Hicks contractions and why do they occur?
  I have heard that labor contractions can really hurt. What do they feel like?
  Being pregnant for the first time can you tell me what the active labor phase is like?

What are second and third stage contractions?

We understand that the first stage contractions which begin when labor starts will cause the cervix to become dilate now that the uterine contractions are regular. The contractions will be probably lasting 60 seconds and coming every 2-3 minutes by the end of the first stage. Then there is the transition stage which is the short period between the 1st and 2nd stage of labor and the contractions at this phase are very intense (the cervix will dilate fully to 10cm). The second stage of labor is the birth of your baby. Contractions at this point will be very strong but more spaced apart. At the third stage which involves the expulsion of the placenta, the contractions are mild and will continue till the placenta and fetal membranes are out. This can take about 5 minutes (if you take an injection) to 45 minutes (if you opt for a natural 3rd stage) but you will probably not feel much compared to what you have already endured. The uterus will continue to contract to become firm and stall any bleeding.

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