What to Expect during The Normal Vaginal Delivery

Bearing a child for nine months in a womb and then bringing into the world is not and Childs play. She molds herself at every physical body changes and survives the labor pain, giving birth to a baby.

Every delivery and labor experience is different and unique for every woman. But we all want a positive end for our delivery.

What to Expect during The Normal Vaginal Delivery

So, you must be wondering about labor and delivering a baby. What to Expect during The Normal Vaginal Delivery? In today’s A to Z Guide to pregnancy, we’re discussing some points about Normal vaginal delivery, that’ll give you an idea about it.

What happens in the stages of the labor of Normal vaginal delivery?

Rupture of amniotic membrane

In the Early stages of labor rupture of amniotic sac takes place. The amniotic sac is the bag filled with amniotic fluid carrying your baby for nine months.

In some cases, the amniotic sac remains intact, but in most cases, it breaks known as water breaking. This water is clear and odorless. If it’s yellow or green in color, consult your physician.

The beginning of Labor Pain

Uterus begins to contract and release and it marks the beginning of labor pain. These motions help in pushing and delivering your baby.

True labor pain occurs when your contractions last for 1 minute at an interval of 5 minutes for an hour.

Dilation of the cervix

In the early stage of labor thinning of cervix Takes place and eventually dilation of the cervix as the labor progress. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus opens into the vagina.

In true labor or end stages of labor, cervix dilated about 10 centimeters facilitating the delivery of the baby.

Delivery of the baby

The contractions increases help in pushing down the baby. The cervical opening dilated facilitating the baby to pass through it.

The first time mothers mostly given episiotomy at the time of delivery helps in the delivering of baby head. And after some push whole baby is delivered.

The last stage of labor completes with the delivery of the placenta.

What is the duration of normal vaginal delivery?

Normal vaginal delivery duration varies with the primigravidae and multiparae.

The first stage of labor: 12 hours in primigravidae, 6 hours in multiparae.

The second stage of labor: 2 hours in primigravidae, 30 minutes in multiparae.

The third stage of labor: 5 to 15 minutes depending on active management

What’s is the proper method to push while normal vaginal delivery?

Take a deep breath and hold it in your lounge and stick your chin to chest, keep your hands in between your legs and with the help of your hands pull your legs towards your chest and then start pushing.

Don’t feel embarrassed about accidentally passing stool as it’s absolutely normal and your nurse will quickly clean it up.

What are the risks associated with a normal vaginal delivery?

In Normal vaginal delivery, no significant risk is noted until the patient’s conditions are normal and it is performed under favorable conditions and proper methods.

There can be vaginal or cervical tear during delivery that can be repaired through stitching. Cervix and vagina have a rich blood supply, so injuries in these areas are healed quickly leave no or little scar behind.

If patients have any additional symptoms or disease that can be managed accordingly

Will I Need an Episiotomy?

Episiotomy is an incision given at the vaginal wall at the second stage of labor. Episiotomy is given to enlarge the vaginal opening so as to facilitate the easy and safe delivery of the baby.

And to avoid an irregular perineal tear. No one can predict whether you’ll get episiotomy or not. The incision is repaired using suture that dissolves ps naturally leaving no or little scar.

When Can I BreastfeedMy Baby?

You can breastfeed your baby provided your baby is in stable condition. It’s advised to perform skin to skin contact between mother and baby after birth. This promotes Breastfeeding efficacy.

Don’t get embarrassed if you don’t breastfeed properly. It’s just the beginning both mother and baby will learn the right pattern of breastfeeding.

Stretching and tearing of tissues around the vagina and need repair. A woman may have a weakening of pelvic muscles and sometimes problems with bowel or urinary incontinence.

One advantage is that the mother can initiate breastfeeding sooner after normal vaginal delivery.

In normal vaginal delivery Baby born is immune resistance as they encompass bacteria while traveling through the birth canal. The rarely suffers from breathing problems.

After normal vaginal delivery, the mother gets faster recovery and a short stay at the hospital from 1 to 3 days.


  • https://www.lybrate.com/topic/normal-vaginal-delivery
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaginal_delivery
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3108427/
  • D.C Dutta textbook of obstetrics.

Disclosure: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger.

DISCLAIMER: The content in this post is purely meant for educational purpose only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice. One should consult the expert for any related information.

Dr Bushra

Gynaecologist by profession~~Food ,Health,lifestyle,Freelance Blogger~~social media influencer~~writer at heart~~Email for collaboration

18 thoughts on “What to Expect during The Normal Vaginal Delivery

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  • October 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    This post will be helpful to many Mom to be. I had both my deliveries normal. and this post covers all the details very well.

  • October 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    To tell I never knew what labor pain is going to be. I must say the pain was ….toooo difficult to bear. Hope Preg moms will read it and prepare them well for their delivery.

  • October 11, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I experienced both the deliveries normal and C section. In normal one we have to go through pain before delivery and in C section we have to bear pain of stitches etc after delivery. But still normal one is more painful. But it’s better than C section also. Very useful and informative post for moms to be.

  • October 12, 2017 at 12:13 am

    This post is so informative, mommies to be can definitely start preparing themselves mentally! 🙂

  • October 12, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I had both my kids through normal vaginal delivery. The body goes through a lot. Glad you shared this info for would-be moms.

  • October 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Very informational post, wish I could have read it earlier to share with one of my friend who deliver the baby today only

  • October 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Really informative for every women planning to go for a vaginal delivery.

  • October 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    This is a must read post for all mom to be.. I have also normal delivery… You have covered everything in one post…

  • October 12, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    That was really informative post.. got to know so much about vaginal delivery!

  • October 12, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    It is something really informative. I had c section delivery also never experienced all these things.

  • October 13, 2017 at 12:36 am

    A very helpful guide to explain normal delivery .Bur honestly looking back I would still want a C section.

  • October 13, 2017 at 1:08 am

    OMG there is so much of information in this post!! Thanks for sharing

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