Expected women are very nervous and worried when they think about the time of their labor. Many of them in their last trimester eagerly waiting for any sign of labor. Only 4-6% of babies are born on their expected due date rather may come before or after due time. Somehow by the end of term of pregnancy many women not all, facing certain clear indicators of labor. Some of these are:
Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes :
In almost 15 to 25% of labors it is very common and first sign when the amniotic sac fluid (it is a fluid filled sac which surrounds the baby) break or rupture, resulting gushing of liquid from your vagina, just like urine but its pressure is more than urine and not smelly like urine, so you clearly differentiate it. You even have no control over the flow and the panty liner is inadequate to absorb the fluid. So don’t feel embarrassed in such case, it is quite common with many women in their last stage of pregnancy. Water bag can break any time during labor or birth.
Contraction is a good sign that you are in labor and have to deliver your baby normally. Starting contractions usually feel like periods pain but have that lower back pain starts. Contractions become more rapid when delivery is near and you feel sever contractions roughly a minute long is an indicator that birth time is very near.
Mucus Plug / ‘Bloody’ Show :
As your cervix begins to dilate (open), the thick mucus plug which sealed off your cervix during pregnancy (to prevent infection reaching the baby) might come loose, and partially or wholly discharge from your vagina. It may be watery or sticky, thickened, pinkish discharge is called bloody show and is a good indication that labor is imminent.
In early labor involuntary shivering start even if there is no cold weather. Whole body trembling and shaking, this would also happen during birth or after birth. So keep clam and relax yourself and release the unwelcome tension you may get instant relive.
Production of prostaglandin before birth stimulate bowels movement more frequently and mother might notice this diarrhea situation before approaches to early labor. But it may vary up to women to women and pregnancy to pregnancy. The hormones help to contract the uterus and prepare for birth so usually women facing mild diarrhea situation in the hours before birth.
Increased Braxton Hicks Contractions :
In early labor Braxton hicks contractions increased manifolds and more intense and painful near the delivery. Many women do not felt any Braxton hicks throughout their pregnancy time so they are not able to distinguished between contractions and Braxton hicks contractions.
Baby “Drops :
Lightening means your baby drop and settled deeper into mother’s pelvis. Mother might not even realize that her pregnant belly has changed its appearance. It is also a good sign of early labor, but some women don’t experience ‘lightening’ at all and that’s fine. If baby doesn’t drop, it doesn’t mean you won’t go into labor or baby won’t fit. Some good contractions will help mother to deliver baby.
Feel More Cramps And Increased Back Pain :
An increase in back ache in labor means your baby is rotating into the right position for labor. If women is facing sever backache then doctor or midwife give them some pain-killer medicine right away.
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