Early Signs of Labor. How to Recognize It?
When would the real thing start? How to recognize the early signs of labor? When the real contractions start, it is sometimes different for every woman. It is the same for all the other signs announcing
When would the real thing start? How to recognize the early signs of labor?
When the real contractions start, it is sometimes different for every woman. It is the same for all the other signs announcing the start of delivery. In some cases, the contractions are already started several weeks before the term, and if we do nothing, we risk of delivering prematurely. It is therefore, advisable to learn to recognize the typical symptoms of the early signs of labor to be prepared in due time and to possibly delay a little the delivery.
But that’s easier said than done. Indeed, the last few weeks before delivery, almost all pregnant women have Braxton-Hicks, that is to say, false contractions that may look a lot like the real thing.
If contractions become progressively stronger and more painful, they last longer and occur at intervals shorter and shorter, you can say that this time, it’s serious. Contractions lasting between twenty and sixty seconds are repeated every five to seven minutes to more than an hour and are more painful are usually a reliable indicator for the “real” contractions. They resemble somewhat the pain that is felt in the stomach, back or thighs during menstruation.
Later contractions may give the impression of a belt that tightens more and more, and then relaxes. If the contractions of childbirth labor occur overnight, it is virtually impossible to go back to sleep because they are growing stronger. Contractions are always interspersed with painless phases. Another sign indicating the start of contractions is that they do not decrease with a hot bath, but strengthen. However, each woman will feel the contractions differently because not all are sensitive to pain in the same way.
There are non-specific modifications enabling informed expectant and experienced mothers to recognize that it is only a matter of hours or days. One of them is the loss of mucus plug, which can be slightly bleeding. It is formed in the cervix early in the pregnancy and protects the uterus against the ascending pathogens. With the triggering of contractions of the uterus cervix dilates and the mucus plug comes loose. In most cases, this occurs approximately one day before birth.
Other early signs of labor:
physical agitation, many pregnant women are suddenly full of energy and drive shortly before the start of contractions and feel the need to clean the whole house (this is called nesting instinct). Keep your energy for the effort you will soon need for the labor.
- Back pain, especially in the lower back, as menstrual pain
- nausea and vomiting
- exhaustion accompanied by insomnia
- muscle tremors: the body is trying in this way to evacuate tensions. A warm bath or massage can relieve
In any case, if you find regular and frequent contractions (every ten minutes for primiparous) or if your water breaks (rupture of the amniotic sac), you should immediately contact your gynecologist or midwife . He or she will tell you if you can stay home or you must already go to the hospital.