Labor itself isn’t black and white; in fact there are some important things you need to know about labor before calculating its actual length.
- Until a woman is 4-6cm dilated, she’s not considered to be ‘in established labor’ by most medical staff.
- Some women experience premature labor which, with drugs and bed rest, can be kept in check for weeks or months.
- Some women experience braxton hicks or prodromal labor which can mimic labor for weeks or months but don’t cause dilation.
- Induction, laying on her back and being under stress can all make a woman’s labor last longer and be more painful.
One of the longest labors is considered to be 75 days, however the labor was only counted for this time period because one triplet was born 75 days before the other two. It was likely that the mother didn’t experience full blown labor pains for the time between the births of her babies.