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How will I know when established labour has started?

Established labour is when your cervix has dilated to more than four centimeters . At this point, you’ll start having stronger, longer and regular contractions. It’s a good idea to start recording how often your contractions happen and how long they last. This will show you when they become more regular.

Contact your midwife, maternity unit or labour ward if:

  • your contractions are regular and coming about two to three times in every 10 minutes
  • your waters break
  • your contractions are very strong, and you feel you need pain relief
  • you're worried about anything.
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