Labor and Delivery Each labor experience is different, and the amount of time in each stage will vary. Labor in a first pregnancy usually lasts about 12 to 14 hours. Problems After Delivery After birth, some women develop certain problems: postpartum hemorrhage, postpartum thyroid problems, and postpartum mastitis. Taking Care of Mom You'll need to take good care of yourself to rebuild your strength. Get plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks.