Your cervix during labor

Active Labor (3−7cm dilated)

During this phase of labor the contractions will become stronger and more consistent and predictable. 

At this time, your cervix is completing softening and shortening process and continues to open gradually.

Remember to frequently change positions, stay hydrated, walk (if possible) and use the restroom.

It is not uncommon to have some mild bloody discharge, called “show“ througout the active phase of labor. 

What to expect during active labor phase


Active labor will last about 3 - 5 hours

Your cervix will dilate from 3 - 7 cm

Contractions during this phase will last about 45 - 60 secondswith 3 - 5 minutes rest in between

Contractions will feel stronger and longer

This is usually the time to head to the hospital or birth center

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