And then 9 months later the anxiety is too tight! Knowing that the moment of childbirth is very close, is one of the reasons that make the end of the pregnancy seem very long. But you must be preparing for a birth at any time, as you never know what time the baby may decide to be born. Even though you, like me, may have scheduled a C- section , I got tired of reading and seeing reports of people who had their birth scheduled and the naughty baby decided to come ahead of time.
But how to recognize signs of labor ? In addition to the obvious stock market rupture? Some women have very subtle signs of labor and when they go to the maternity hospital they realize that they are already dilated, and sometimes with about 5 fingers! Others have very clear signs of labor such as hardening of the belly and very severe pain.
How to know if it is contraction?
These pains that are signs of contractions can occur in both the belly and the back. Some women experience severe pain that they are unable to sit on, while others may feel practically painless. Pain is not always accompanied by dilation , and it is not possible to determine a pattern for all women.
It is almost impossible because each organism and even each pregnancy can behave differently. The ideal is to remain alert and always with your obstetrician’s phone at hand because you never know what can happen and when it will happen mainly. If you are more than 36 weeks pregnant and have cramps and your belly is stiff, look for the maternity care.
How to Identify the Signs that the Time Has Come?
- Pain in the back similar to menstrual cramps strong.
- Loss of tampon , a mucus with blood or rosy or bloody secretion that leaves the cervix for the baby’s passage.
- Rhythmic hardening of the belly with or without pain and with an interval of 15 or 10 minutes . The contractions become frequent and regular as well, this means that labor may have started.
- Very soft cervix, it also means that childbirth is approaching! This is the erased cervix so talked about in doctors’ offices.
- And last but not least, the broken bag ! But be careful, not always that the bag breaks is a waterfall of water as in the movies. It can happen as it was with me, a partial rupture that allows the liquid to escape but without much alarm for the pregnant woman. Monitoring is necessary and any abnormal signs of humidity should be investigated.
If the bursting bag is still, there is a period of 24 hours before your baby can be born safely. But never allow the doctor to miss this deadline. 24 hours later, it is necessary for the mother to take an intravenous antibiotic in order not to run the risk of infection. Usually doctors opt for a cesarean section , but if normal delivery is your wish, don’t hesitate! Talk to your doctor at length about your birth plans and make sure everything works out!
Questions from Readers:
Will I feel severe pain at the beginning of labor?
Before labor begins, the body goes on giving signals over the days that the big moment is coming. Pains , discomfort are natural in the final stretch but severe pain will only occur with active labor and very close to the baby’s birth.
How do I know if I’m in labor?
Labor is only definitive when it is found that the contractions are regular and rhythmic. The pregnant woman can record the time of each contraction and also be confirmed in the maternity through the cardiotocography exam.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.