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Understanding The Signs Of Labor

As you reach the later stage of pregnancy, there will be various signs of labor to prepare you for the due day. You need not worry about when you need to call the doctor or what you need to do. Your body will give you the sign of labor pregnancy and you will just have to follow it. Do not overlook any symptoms. Always consult your doctor.

Various Signs Of Labor

One early sign of labor is dropping. This is also known as lightening and happens when the baby comes down to the pelvis region. There will be a 'drop' in your belly. The change is very subtle and if you are becoming a mom for the second time, then chances are that you might not notice anything at all. Another early sign of labor is nesting where you may experience a strange desire to clean up things. You might suddenly want to clean up the cupboard and the freezer and others. Not all would-be moms experience this syndrome though.

Cramps are also another signs of labor. You may get cramps as you get during your periods. You can also experience leg pain and back ache. This happens when the baby descends into the pelvis and exerts pressure on your nerves. You might also feel as if the baby is about to fall out. There will an increased mucous vaginal discharge. There can also be traces of blood. Usually you can expect labor to start within 3 days of this 'bloody show'.

Labor usually starts as soon as the amniotic membrane ruptures. The breaking of the water bag can make you feel either like a rush of water or like small trickles of water. If you feel that the membrane has ruptured, then you must immediately call your doctor. This is one of the most important signs of labor.

Braxton Hicks contractions should not be ignored. As the labor progresses, the more frequent and intense will be the contractions. Near the fag end of your pregnancy, your doctor may inform you that you have started dilating or effacing. This means that your cervix has opened up and started thinning out. Both are signs that your labor will start very soon. Braxton Hicks contractions are not real signs of labor. The real signs are different. You may experience intense lower back pain. You might also lose the mucous plug that was safeguarding your baby. You need not panic though. You still have another 24 hours to go. It is essential that you immediately contact your doctor. As the time nears, you will face intense contractions. If you stay near to the hospital, then you must proceed towards the hospital when the contractions are five minutes away or if the pain is unbearable. There are chances that you actually vomit during labor. For that, you need to have a comparatively empty stomach. You must not gorge before labor. It will only make matters worse for you. The signs of labor will obviously go away with the birth of the child.

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