labour and active labour

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  1. Thomas'mum

    Thomas'mum Well-Known Member

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    I know it will sound silly because i had a natural birth but i still do not know the difference between labour and active labour.

    Basically, On the 22/12/2005 at 4.30 am i felt like period pains. Around 12.30 i started to be in pain and by 2.30 i was really in pain :lol:

    Anyway, arrived at hospital at 4.30 pm where they told me i was 9cm dilated :shock: and an hour and a half later i was pushing for 2 and a half hours like mad before the doctor put a kiwi ventouse on thomas'head to get him out.

    The midwives told me i had a quick labour and that the second time i am pregnant to come back as soon as the first contraction starts as it will be a quick delivery (I wish if it happens lol)

    So here is my dilemna. For me i was in labour for 16 and a half hours including delivery. when do you think i entered active labour? at my first real pain or push? :?: :?:

    Thanks :fool:
     
  2. Iwantone!!!

    Iwantone!!! Well-Known Member

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    i would say push ing part coz ur actively pushing
     
  3. ablaze

    ablaze lucky mum of one of each!

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    active labour is stage 3 aka PUSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! my active labour with callum was....... 47 mins LMAO
     
  4. Iwantone!!!

    Iwantone!!! Well-Known Member

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    lucky 45mins i wish
     
  5. loulou1980

    loulou1980 Well-Known Member

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    i thought active labour was from when your 8 cm dialated :? if its true what you girls said i was only in labour for 25 minutes with lily as i was constantly upright,got on bed waters broke as soon as my bum touched the bed and i got urge to push straight away,she was grey from being born so quickly :shock:
     
  6. bexxie

    bexxie Well-Known Member

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    active labour is from 4cm's am getting expert now,lol
     
  7. Cat

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    Bexxie is right, basically. The latent phase is the first 0-3cm, some women dont even feel this occuring, it can take hours or even weeks and is often very stop start, once you hit 4cm you are in active labour (i.e no stopping or going back now) normally if you show up at hospital prior to this they will send you home. Once you have fully dilated at 10cm you hit the transitional phase, where the contractions usually become a lot more frequent and painfull, often not giving you time to recover in between, this is where you start screaming and want to punch your support partner! this can last 5mins to to an hour, then you get to the honest to goodness birth bit where you get the urge to push and your bay is born. After this you hit the third and final stage which is the dispelling of the placenta.

    a 16 hour active stage is actually about the normal for a first time PG. Normally a quick labour is about a 2-3 hours actaive phase. So you will prob find that as they dont know what time you it active labour began as you were 9cm by the time you go to hospital, they are classing the whole thing as active labour, so its very hard to gage at what point you hit 9cm, so I guess next time it will be a case of going in before it gets too unbearable.
     
  8. Lauz_1601

    Lauz_1601 Well-Known Member

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    I know that established labour is when you reach 3 CM's is this the same as active labour. I was induced and this was when I was taken up to the labour ward at 3 cm's, I was at this stage for 4 hours, then I was pushing for an hour, so I was in establisdhed labour for a total of 5 hours.
     
  9. Cat

    Cat Well-Known Member

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    Yup active and established labour are the sam thing. Got definition here:

    Active labor - The part of the first stage of labor during which the cervix dilates from 4 centimeters to 10 centimeters, contractions become stronger, and pressure and discomfort build.

    The average active labour stage is 6-12 hours, longer if a first timer. So if you were induced, which would have made your contraction stronger (particularly if on a drip) 5 hours is good going.
     
  10. beanie

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    I had 2 sodding days of latent labour (I know Bexxie, you can beat me there), and about 20 hours of active labour, then 2 hours to push her out. I looked at my labour notes and they have length of labour - 1 hr 57. Not happy with that at all!!!! I am going to change it with the help of tippex and a pen :)
     
  11. Kina

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    With both my bubbas they didn't know when I got to 4cm as I was fully dilated when I was examined so they put the time from when I said contractions got quite painful. With Ella this made my total labour (all 3 stages) 2 hours something and with Alex 1 hour 25 total. However from my first contraction til Ella was born was 14 hours and it was 7 hours with Alex.
     
  12. Imi

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    My labour was 8hrs 15mins with 20mins of pushing :)

    Hope this one as quick lol

    Cat is right active labour is 4cm :)
    xxx
     
  13. Tam

    Tam Mum of 2 - PG with No.3

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    My first active labour til birth was 6hrs 38mins

    My second active labour til birth was 11hrs 15mins :cry:I think I went wrong somewhere, normal people do it the other way round?! :dohh:
     
  14. Imi

    Imi .

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    ?yeah but your like most of us on here ....

    Not normal lol!!
    xxx
     

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