Early Labor

The first part of labor (up till about 4 centimeters dilation), is known as early labor. This stage usually takes the most amount of time, from hours to even days.

Labor progresses non-linearly, meaning while it may take a long time at first, it starts to speed up and will eventually progress very quickly. Don’t panic if you only progress by one centimeter after many hours, because things will soon start to pick up.

During early labor, many patients want to get up and walk around. This is perfectly fine, and can often help work through the pain, or even speed up the labor process. The baby will be monitored for a period of time, then you will be free to walk, while intermittently taking breaks to check up on the baby.