Several Tell-Tale Labor Symptoms To Watch Out For

November 12, 2012

Several Tell-Tale Labor Symptoms To Watch Out For

There are several common labor symptoms to help a woman know that she’s about ready to give birth to her unborn child and should head to the hospital.

Labor symptoms can be quite confusing…especially if a woman has never been pregnant before or been around a pregnant woman. How do you really know if you are experiencing labor symptoms?

Labor Symptoms Include Braxton Hicks Contractions… Are They Real?

Braxton Hicks contractions… these are considered warm-up labor contractions that are common for several days or weeks before the actual onslaught of labor symptoms. These contractions are not typically painful… just uncomfortable. They don’t generally have a pattern to them and can disappear once you start moving about. Braxton Hicks do have a couple of purposes however.

  1. They’re trying to help the uterus learn how to contract while the body gets the baby into its position within the pelvis.

  2. They also work to soften the cervix and possibly dilate one or two centimeters.

Actual contractions are different from Braxton Hicks. And, women who have Braxton Hicks contractions tend to notice the difference. What are true contractions like?

  1. They’ll make the belly had and are very uncomfortable…possibly even painful. They might start in your back and push forward.

  2. The contraction strength is determined by how hard the cause the belly to become. No contractions means your belly should feel like a nose. When you have a slight contraction, it should feel like a chin. A strong contraction should feel like a forehead.

It’s also not uncommon to have contractions that occur as a painful coming and going backache, which get stronger then weaker. The best way to determine if it’s a real contraction is to determine if there’s a pattern behind it.

Are They or Aren’t They Labor Symptoms: What To Do

It’s not likely you’ll know if the contractions you are having are real for several hours. So, what should you do?

  1. Do your daily routines, as if it’s nothing.

  2. Consume high carbohydrate, high protein foods and drink plenty of fluids.

  3. Stay busy.

  4. Don’t try timing the contractions just yet.

  5. Try to sleep. If you can’t do that, rest!

Believe it or not, labor can take several days to start. They can contract for several hours then quite. However, actual contractions as when the move closer together and are persistently stronger over time.

Other Labor Symptoms To Watch For

Believe it or not, contractions aren’t the only signs to look for if you feel like you’re in labor:

  1. You start feeling the need to nest, which means you have a sudden energy burst and a need to clean. You might start washing all the baby clothes again and organize their room. You might even clean the entire house or plant a garden outside.

  2. You have nausea or loose bowel movements, similar to flu symptoms.

  3. You lose the mucus plug, which appears blood-tinged. You’ll either see a bit or a lot on your clothes or in the toilet.

  4. You might suffer from serious grouchiness, snapping at anyone and everyone over nothing.

  5. If your water breaks, it means your baby may be on its way. Most women make the mistake that when their water breaks, a gush of fluid will appear. Not so! It can leak out slowly, which can cause to become confused on whether it is urine or amniotic fluid. The best way to determine this is to use the Kegel exercise. If it quits leaking, it’s urine. If it continues, your water broke.

Be sure you follow the instructions your doctor gave you because there is a risk for infections. Your doctor will let you know if you should go to the hospital or just make a phone call to inform them that your water broke. Still, if your contractions are approximately five minutes apart and have persisted for a minute for at least an hour, it’s time to go to the hospital.

Labor Symptoms and Pre-Term Labor

If you’re not yet 37 weeks and you notice any of the labor symptoms mentioned above, you need to speak with your doctor right away. Premature labor is similar to term labor so it’s a wise idea to have your doctor to a once over to keep your baby from being born prematurely.


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