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Isn't early labor just the contractions and active when you start pushing? If so, pregnancy 1 had about 34 hours of early labor but that probably isn't entirely accurate since I had epidural. Though from contraction #1 to birth it was 36hrs. With my second early would have been about 11 hours if not a bit more. My water won't break on its own but once the dr breaks it for me I quickly get the irrisistable urge to push and will deliver in about 45 minutes.
I slept through a majority of my early labor. I used hypnosis to handle the contractions once I woke up and most of that is kind of a blur. The only part I vividly remember is transition. That felt like one long contraction that would not end and I faltered a bit in handling it. Active labor was 4 hours.
Claire Ellene 2/13/12 8 lbs 6 oz 21"
Early labor for me last a few days before active labor kicked in. Active labor was a pain, i was in so much pain from it but for me once i got into active labor it was over within 30 mins to a hr or so. and active labor is from 5cm to 10cm, 7 to 8cm is transaction or whatever u call it.
Once I can't do other things I know things are really moving into active birthing. Early on I can make dinner, bathe kids, arrange baby things, etc. Once I need to stop things, it's getting deeper, and eventually I give up doing anything else. Also, when I start wanting DH to be right there with me through each contraction, that's a good indication that we're definitely having a baby!
Surrounded - early is defined as up to 4cm's, and active to about 8cm's, then transition is 8-10cm's. All part of the 1st Stage of labor. Pushing is the 2nd Stage