During your ninth month your eagerness to deliver yourself of this bulge and hold in your arms the precious life you have been growing may make you think every twinge from your uterus is “it.” It usually isn’t “it,” and days or weeks will have to pass before you get to touch your baby. Some mothers start their labor with a bang – suddenly, undoubtedly, powerfully – and progress fast. Others ease into labor slowly, sometimes unconvincingly, and progress gradually, yet efficiently. Some tired moms will have a labor that starts, stops, goes in spurts and pauses, and drags on for days. It’s easy to be confused by all the terms: “false labor,” “real labor,” “prelabor”; the list goes on. While every mother’s labor and delivery are as individual as her pregnancy, these are the usual stages most women go through when delivery time is approaching.