Labor and Birth | BabyCenter

I found, you know, BabyCenter as a really big resource for me, almost like a friend It follows me all the way clear back through preconception, pregnancy, through delivery, through new mommyhood. – [Narrator] In the weeks before birth, your body slows down production of the hormone progesterone while increasing production of other hormones, including prostaglandins, which soften the cervix, and oxytocin, which triggers the uterine muscles to contract. True labor contractions are rhythmic and painful and grow consistently stronger. As the long vertical muscle bands of the uterus tighten, they pull the cervix open. The strong muscles at the top of the uterus push down and release, guiding your baby toward the cervix. The mucus plug, a collection of thickened cervical mucus that sealed your cervix shut for nine months, may be expelled days before or in the midst of labor. When the amniotic sac ruptures, your water has broken. It can feel like a trickle or a gush of fluid. Your cervix will begin opening and thinning, known as dilation and effacement. Once you reach about four centimeters, your body will move into active labor. In active labor, contractions become stronger and closer together. At eight centimeters, you enter what many consider the most painful part of labor, transition. By 10 centimeters, you’re fully dilated and may feel the urge to push. This is your signal that the second stage of labor has begun. Your baby will move down with each contraction. The three separate soft bones of his head will temporarily overlap so he can pass through the snug birth canal. Your baby’s scalp will come into view. When the widest part of his head is visible, your baby is crowning. With several more pushes, your baby’s face, shoulders, and body will emerge. In the third and final stage of labor, your placenta detaches and is expelled. With your baby’s first breath, the incredible journey of birth is complete.

100 Replies to “Labor and Birth | BabyCenter”

  1. A mother's body is a perfect little bed for a newborn baby…Her soft belly as the mattress, her breasts the pillow and her arms as the warm blankets. Just beautiful.

  2. I would like to thank you, this is a very tasteful video. We have children who have asked how babies are born and being a single father, this video really helped me out in explaining certain things thank you again. Nervous Father and now Grandpa!

  3. it always bums me out when someone comments on something like this and says they don't want to have a baby of their own, because it is the miracle of life and worth every bit of it

  4. For a young man I can't even imagine just how painful it is to bear a child, thank you to all the women out there, definitely my Mother.

  5. Why in most American videos the person giving birth is always lying flat on their back? Isn't it the most unefficient and uncomfortable position? You won't get much help from gravity and the womb is pressing right down on the spine and major blood vessels…

  6. One day a man came to our prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.w) and asked that who has the first right on me.Muhammad(s.a.w.w) said your mother,then the man asked again then Muhammad(s.a.w.w) said your mother,then he asked after that then Muhammad(s.a.w.w) said your mother and then the man asked then Muhammad(s.a.w.w) your father.

  7. at 39 weeks i was fully dilated i had to be rushed on a stretcher because i fell to the floor from a huge contraction. i got in the room 9:37am and he was born 9:38am….the pain stopped instantly. that was 10 years ago……and i just watched this video while im currently 9 weeks pregnant and i must say…..with all honesty…I AM TERRIFIED 😔😲😟😖😓

  8. This is an awesome video ! It really helps me understand whats actually happening to me right now <3 hopefully my baby is out soon !!!!

  9. I had a c section 2 weeks earlier my due date so I never experienced any labor pain but watch this again, I can imagine all women go through natural birth.

  10. I think we should find a painless childbirth for mothers. This is really painful. Even if you just watch it. I believe human will find a better way.

  11. Isn't this process just the most amazing thing in the world. It amazed us how the first thing our little newborn daughter did was reach out for a nipple…how did she know? Nature is amazing!!!

  12. Birthing a child gave me a whole new appreciation for my mother. Raising a child gave me a whole new respect for my mother and understanding of her protection. I'm blessed to have birthed a child with another on the way. All praise to the Most High 🙌

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