Pregnancy is the period running from the moment of fertilisation until the delivery. During this time, which tends to last 40–42 weeks, the expectant mother has to adapt to a series of physical and emotional changes, and also pay special attention to her personal care and diet. Childbirth can occur at any time after week 37 of the pregnancy. It involves three stages; firstly the dilation phase, followed by the baby’s exit from the uterus and it ends with the expulsion of the placenta.
Pregnancy and Childbirth explained in first person
Professionals and patients explain Pregnancy and Childbirth
We recommend going to A&E when you have regular contractions every 5 minutes which do not lessen with rest. Also, this should have been going on for at least 1 hour, for a second birth. In the case of a first birth, we recommend waiting at least 2 hours with contractions. If your waters break, we recommend going to A&E straight away.