This first stage has three sub-stages:
The mother becomes aware of the contractions that occur at an interval of every 3 to 5
minutes. The cervix dilates up to 4 centimetres.
The mother can spend early labour at home. However, the doctor should be informed.
The mother transitions to the active phase when the contractions become stronger and more
frequent. They occur at intervals of 3-4 minutes and each one lasts for about a minute.
The cervix dilates up to 7 cm. The mother must be taken to the hospital for delivery.
The water breaks as labour progress through this stage. Thereafter, contractions further speed