Signs you're in the early first stage of labour

At this stage your contractions become more regular, around five to seven minutes apart and they'll last for about 45 seconds to a minute.


  • Contractions become more regular
  • Cervix is thinning and opening from 0cm to 5cm
  • Waters may leak or break
  • Increased mucus / bloody show

What should you do?

  • Conserve your energy
  • Eat and drink
  • Rest where possible
  • Use heat packs

Your cervix is thinning and dilating to around four to five centimetres. This dilation length is usually the one that takes the longest amount of time.

You may have increased mucus or a bloody show or your waters may leak or break.

Your contractions begin to develop a regular pattern. Focus on breathing through your contractions, use a heat pack or have a shower or warm bath. Try to find comfortable positions to rest in and conserve your energy for what is ahead.

Contact your medical practitioners or support people to let them know what is happening.

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