|During labor, there are factors that can either speed up the process or slow it down a bit. It can take from an hour to even 24 until you hold your little one in your arms. Normally labor’s a bit longer for first-time moms, since your cervix and birth canal (vagina) is less flexible than those who already had a baby. But of course, everyone is different and the factors we mentioned before do play a role.
The Mayo Clinic recognizes three stages of labor. First, the uterus opens the cervix to allow your baby’s descent. The second stage consists of pushing, and finally there’s the delivery of the baby and the placenta. The factors that affect your labor’s progress are present during the three stages:
• Baby’s position. The best position for your baby (and your labor) is for them to be head down, with their back against your belly, facing your back. But, even if your baby is positioned correctly, one wrong move through the canal and they may reach an awkward position slowing down the process.
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