Signs of Labor – How to Recognize Early Labor Symptoms Correctly
What are Signs of labor starting? The experience of giving birth can differfrom 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’slabor will progress or how long it will last, it’s not unusual to be fearful of the processand 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 watchfor. Pay attention and they’ll tell you thatBaby’s on the way! Contractions. You’ll feel like your stomach is makinga firm fist.
Call your doctor if your contractions strikeevery 10 minutes or more frequently. Braxton Hicks contractions are common now,but they come and go more randomly. You start having contractions before 37 weeksor 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 muchactivity as you can manage for most of your last trimester, the sudden spurt of energyyou 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’sclothes and set up a few change stations ready for her arrival home. Water breaking. Only 1 in 10 woman experience a dramatic gushof amniotic fluid. This event usually happens at home, oftenwhen you are in bed.
Sometimes the amniotic sac breaks or leaksprior to labor, and because your uterus is resting directly on top of your bladder, itcan cause you to leak urine. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguishthe urine from amniotic fluid. If your membranes have ruptured and you areleaking amniotic fluid, it will be an odorless fluid. The discharge can be a sudden gush or a constanttrickle.
It is clear sign that your labor is goingto start. Involuntary Shivering. Even if you are not cold, you might experienceshivering or trembling as a sign of early labor. The same thing can happen during or afterbirth and can be frightening if you aren’t sure why it’s happening.
It’s simply your body’s way of relievingtension and usually lasts only a few minutes. Your nipples leak. It’s not just during breastfeeding thatnipples can leak – it’s all throughout your final trimester. You’ll probably notice it most in the lastfew weeks before your baby arrives. The milk you’re leaking is colostrum, anutrient-rich liquid that will nourish your baby until your proper milk comes in a coupleof days after the birth.
Diarrhea. Just as the muscles in your uterus are relaxingin 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 hydratedand remember it’s a good sign.
Lightening or baby dropping. Your baby might start moving lower into yourpelvis as he gets ready to come out. This can be especially noticeable if yourbaby has been positioned, right under your rib cage for the last few weeks. You will feel lighter as baby move down.