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Recognizing The Sign Of Labor

You must be very alert for any sign of labor. This is the worst and most painful stage of pregnancy. If you are lucky then labor will last for just a few hours for you. For others, it may last for more than twenty-four hours. Though labor is very painful, it is also the most rewarding time. The moment you see your child's face, you forget all the pain in a jiffy.

Early Signs Of Labor

You must be alert for the early signs of labor. Many women can experience pregnancy labor even weeks before the baby is due. The sign of labor tells you that your baby is very near and it prepares your entire body for the delivery. If you are becoming a mother for the first time, then the sign of labor might occur weeks before the actual day. However, if it is your second or third time, then the sign of labor usually occurs closer to the delivery date.

As the labor comes near, the head of the baby starts descending into your pelvis and the uterus softens. This stage is called engagement or dropping. In this stage, you start breathing easy and all your heartburn ceases. When you enter this stage, you can be rest assured that you will have a baby soon. After the baby drops, you may start experiencing a slight pain known as pelvic pressure. You may start passing urine and bowel movements more frequently. This is due to the extra pressure your baby places on your bladder. You may also experience a swelling in your legs and feet.

Another sign of pregnancy labor is that you will notice increased vaginal secretion. The color can range from any white to pink. If you notice a yellowish discharge, then you must see a doctor as it indicates infection.

Yet another sign of labor is experiencing a nesting instinct. This is an emotional sign of labor and it can be characterized by emptying drawers and closets, clearing the cupboard and cleaning chores. However, you need to conserve your energy and not overdo it. Another early signs of labor is named after Dr. Braxton Hicks who named the symptom. However, the Braxton Hicks contractions are not real ones. They stretch from the lower part of your uterus. The nearer the real contractions come, the more the Braxton Hicks contractions intensify, causing your abdomen to tauten. Lying down usually helps with the discomfort of these early signs of labor. Another sign of labor is shivering without any cold. This can happen because of an alteration in the level of progesterone in the body.

The precise cause of the commencement of labor is still unidentified. As per the most contemporary theory, the baby who helps produce substances causes a change in the pregnancy hormones. The moment you experience a sign of labor, you must prepare for your baby's arrival. You must remember that no matter how painful it is, when the baby actually arrives, you will forget all pain.

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