The shortest but most intense part
of labor is transition. This is when the cervix becomes fully dilated. Contractions
become even stronger. They may last 60 to 90 seconds, with almost no rest in between.
This is a demanding time. You might experience hot flashes, chills, nausea, vomiting,
gas. IV (intravenous) pain medicines are also rarely given so close to your baby’s
birth. But epidurals are continued during birth. Help yourself by working with your
support person or labor coach. You may feel an urge to push or bear down. But
don't push until your healthcare
provider or midwife tells you to.