labour

when your body causes your baby to be born

process of childbirth, beginning with the rhythmic contractions of the uterine muscles, which open the cervix to allow a baby to be born, and ending with the expulsion of the placenta.

latent labour

when you begin to sense contractions

first and longest phase of labour during which the cervix effaces and dilates to three centimetres.

lochia

after your baby is born you may have bleeding and discharge from your vagina, called lochia

vaginal discharge and bleeding that resembles a heavy period and continues after delivery for about six weeks before tapering off.