Signs of Labor – How to Recognize Early Labor Symptoms Correctly

Signs of Labor – How to Recognize Early Labor Symptoms Correctly


What are Signs of labor starting? The experience of giving birth can differ
from one woman to another, and even for the same woman from one pregnancy to the next. Although there’s no way to know how a woman’s
labor will progress or how long it will last, it’s not unusual to be fearful of the process
and worried about the pain associated with it. How will I know it’s time? Every birth is different but we can help. There are some clear labor signs to watch
for. Pay attention and they’ll tell you that
Baby’s on the way! Contractions. You’ll feel like your stomach is making
a firm fist. Call your doctor if your contractions strike
every 10 minutes or more frequently. Braxton Hicks contractions are common now,
but they come and go more randomly. You start having contractions before 37 weeks
or have any other signs of preterm labor. Last symptom is bit interesting. Sudden burst of energy. If getting up off the sofa is about as much
activity as you can manage for most of your last trimester, the sudden spurt of energy
you get in the days before labor starts (and the urge to clean out your kitchen cupboards)
is often a not-unpleasant surprise. Make the most of it! Sort out the house, organize your baby’s
clothes and set up a few change stations ready for her arrival home. Water breaking. Only 1 in 10 woman experience a dramatic gush
of amniotic fluid. This event usually happens at home, often
when you are in bed. Sometimes the amniotic sac breaks or leaks
prior to labor, and because your uterus is resting directly on top of your bladder, it
can cause you to leak urine. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish
the urine from amniotic fluid. If your membranes have ruptured and you are
leaking amniotic fluid, it will be an odorless fluid. The discharge can be a sudden gush or a constant
trickle. It is clear sign that your labor is going
to start. Involuntary Shivering. Even if you are not cold, you might experience
shivering or trembling as a sign of early labor. The same thing can happen during or after
birth and can be frightening if you aren’t sure why it’s happening. It’s simply your body’s way of relieving
tension and usually lasts only a few minutes. Your nipples leak. It’s not just during breastfeeding that
nipples can leak – it’s all throughout your final trimester. You’ll probably notice it most in the last
few weeks before your baby arrives. The milk you’re leaking is colostrum, a
nutrient-rich liquid that will nourish your baby until your proper milk comes in a couple
of days after the birth. Diarrhea. Just as the muscles in your uterus are relaxing
in preparation for birth, so are other muscles in your body — including those in the rectum. That can lead to loose bowel movements. Though annoying, this is normal; stay hydrated
and remember it’s a good sign. Lightening or baby dropping. Your baby might start moving lower into your
pelvis as he gets ready to come out. This can be especially noticeable if your
baby has been positioned, right under your rib cage for the last few weeks. You will feel lighter as baby move down.

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