The way we experience pain is very individual. And the way we go intolabouris also different. For some it will be a slow ease into labour and for others it will progress quickly to regular, strong contractions. Every woman experiences a different pace and you just have to go with it.
Being pregnant, particularly for the first time can feel quite overwhelming. Morning sickness aside, there is so much planning and readying required that you could be left wondering whether it’s going to be all worth it! Well rest assured it is. If you can manage the information overload and all the associated pregnancy side effects, pregnancy truly is a beautiful time.
Maternal placentophagy (consumption of the placenta by a mother after birth) is common among most terrestrial maternal mammals yet until more recently, human placentophagy has been a rare occurrence in modern Western society. When I had my first child a little over five years ago, I was completely unaware of the benefits of consuming your placenta after birth and even three years ago when I had my second; the practice still wasn’t something that was particularly popular.
Unlike other mammals we do not have a precise gestation period. Normal labour can begin anywhere between 37 and 42 weeks gestation. How labour starts is not really fully understood. It is believed that it is determined by a complex interaction of both mother and baby’s hormones. During this phase the cervix begins to soften, move forward and efface or ‘thin out’. You may or may not have already had a ‘show’