The period of labor for the first birth can last from 7 hours or more, so be prepared for a "marathon".
The cervix gradually opens, the head is "configured" for the hole in the pelvic bones - this is not a fast process.In the period of labor, if the woman does not disturb from the outside, she most of all wants to disconnect from the world, close her eyes, huddle in a quiet, And that no one touched, which is not surprising, because childbirth is a very intimate, archaic process, which is regulated not by the cortex of the brain, but by the deeper "animals" of its regions. For successful delivery, a hormone oxytocin is needed, which is maximally produced in a relaxed state.
Nowadays, more and more women voluntarily resort to epidural anesthesia (this is an anesthetic injection in the spine, thanks to which you do not feel anything below the belt). Supporters of anesthesia explain that they are simply trying to make the birth more comfortable, the woman manages to avoid unnecessary stress and exhausting pain. But the opponents argue that interference in the natural process has a bad effect on childbirth and the formation of a maternal instinct. Anesthesia prevents the mother's body from responding to the baby's "requests," inhibits the opening of the cervix, can interfere with timely attempts. Anesthesia often leads to the use of rhythm-stimulating drugs to help the child to come into the world without any difficulties.
After the cervix has fully opened, and the baby's head has taken the correct position and shape for natural delivery, a period of attempts begins. But pay attention to a very important point: for the beginning of the attempts both conditions are necessary, one full disclosure of the neck is not enough. When the mother's body feels that it is time for the child to come into the world, attempts are reflexive, it is not necessary to force oneself forcibly. Before the attempts, the fights subsided, sometimes a woman giving birth has the illusion that the birth process suddenly stalled. In fact, this is quite understandable: my mother is given a small rest before the active stage of labor. Then she feels a rush of energy, she "opens up a second wind." Disengagement from the world as never happened, my mother wants to take a vertical position, grab for something: this is because at the moment the body produces a large amount of adrenaline needed for vigorous actions.