Pregnancy and Babycare: Signs of Labour

Pregnancy and Babycare: Signs of Labour

Even though the date of the delivery can be calculated (which is not absolutely accurate), there is no way to determine when labor is going to start.

Your body will start preparing itself for labor one month prior to delivery. However, there are some symptoms that your body will show just before you experience labor. In the later stage of your pregnancy, you will not feel the breathlessness that you used to feel earlier. It is because of “lightening” which starts a few days before the labor. You will start feeling heaviness in your pelvic region and lesser amount of pressure below your rib cage. When this happens you will feel that you can breathe easier.

Some women experience Braxton Hicks Contractions that are a signal of labor. Sometimes, it might be hard to distinguish between real labor and contractions.  These contractions help ripen your cervix for the delivery and open it a bit. This stage is also known as pre-labor. When you go for your scheduled pre-natal check up, your doctor will examine whether your cervix has undergone any change. If you notice that your contractions have become more rhythmic and you are experiencing contractions closer together you may be into labor. According to most of the women the contractions feel more like menstrual pain. Another sign of labor is passing of mucus plug. Mucus plug is thickened mucus that seals your cervical canal during the course of your pregnancy. When your cervix begins dilating you will notice that there is pink, red or brown discharge which is referred as “bloody show”. However, having sex or a vaginal exam may also trigger this discharge of mucus even if your labor date is not near.

One of the most common signs of labor is when your water breaks. When the amniotic sac, that protects your baby, ruptures, it leaks out from the vagina. It might come out in a gush or it might just trickle down. It is very important that you immediately contact your doctor and call for the ambulance. Most of the women will experience regular contractions before the water actually breaks. However, in some cases, the water breaks first and then the labor pain starts. If your contractions do not start after the water has broken then the doctors may have to induce labor. It is very important that you deliver after the water breaks as the baby might get infected since the amniotic sac is not present to protect the baby against the germs.

Once your labor starts you will be shifted to the hospital, where you will be under the observation of the doctor. You will deliver the baby vaginally or through a C-section depending upon your condition and the position of your baby. Enjoy a beautiful life ahead with your newborn.

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