Signs of labour

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With the approach of the labor day a woman may experience some signs of labour.

Signs of labour. Belly descent

A woman may notice the stomach has shifted downward. Belly descent is due to fetus subsidence and insertion into the pelvis. This is observed 2 - 4 weeks before delivery.

Signs of labour. Breathing becomes easier

As a result of baby downward movement, the pressure on diaphragm and stomach is relieved. Breathing becomes easier. Heartburn dissapears. This increases pressure on the lower abdomen. Sitting and walking becomes a little harder. After baby displacement a woman may experience difficulty with sleeping.

Signs of labour. Frequent urination and defecation

Uriesthesia becomes more common as pressure on the bladder is increased. Childbirth hormones affect woman’s intestine, causing a so-called preliminary cleaning. Some women may experience light abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

Signs of labour. Low back pain

After baby displacement down a woman may experience uncomfortable sensations in the lower back. These feelings are caused not only by pressure from the child, but also an increase in sacroiliac connective tissue tension.

Signs of labour. Changing fetus motor activity

A baby can calm down a bit, and then again move very actively. He seems to choose the rhythm and the right time for his birthday.

Signs of labour. Change of appetite

Before labour a woman’s appetite can change. Most often appetite decreases. Well, if a woman at this time will have more trust in her instincts when choosing products.

Signs of labour. Reduced weight

Before birth a woman can lose weight a little. Body weight of pregnant woman may be reduced by approximately 1-2 kg. Since the body naturally prepares to labour. Before birth the body must be flexible and malleable.

Signs of labour. Sudden change of mood

A woman looks forward to “the hour”. She cannot wait to give birth. Her mood can «suddenly» change. Mood swings are is largely associated with neuroendocrine processes in the body before delivery. Explosions of energy are possible. Fatigue and inertia can suddenly give way to violent activities.

Signs of labour. Irregular uterine contractions

After the 30th week of pregnancy false contractions may appear. Tangible but irregular uterine contractions in this preparation (tentative) period are mistaken for signs of labor. A woman may feel some contractions a few weeks before birth.

There are three basic signs of labour features:

* Signs of labor mean appearance of regular uterine muscle contractions. Since then, a woman is called a woman in labour. Rhythmic contractions represent pressure in the abdominal cavity. Uterus becomes heavy, pressure can be felt around the abdomen. The importance of the trait is not in the fact of contractions, but in its rhythm. Real labor pains should be repeated every 15-20 minutes (a different frequency is also possible). Gradually, the intervals are reduced: pains begin to repeat every 3-4 minutes. In the period between contractions stomach is relaxed. When the stomach is relaxed, we must try to rest.

* Vaginal discharge - mucus plug. The mucous plug can move away 2 weeks before birth, and perhaps 3-4 days. This usually occurs after the start of uterine contractions to extend the cervical canal - thus replaced by a mucous plug. Mucus plug keeps the channel closed during pregnancy. Loss of mucous plug is a certain sign of labour.

* Bursting of the waters. Fetal bladder can leak, then the waters flow slowly. It may break suddenly, then the waters «gush high flow». From time to time it happens before rhythmic contractions. When rupture of fetal bladder you do not feel pain. If the waters retreated immediately, before rhythmic contractions - you should go to the hospital immediately!

Every woman’s signs of labour begin differently. Some women give birth in a «classic» way, ie the contractions develop gradually, the intervals between contractions are gradually decreased and there is a desire to push. Others give birth «fast», that is contractions are active and the intervals between them are short.

During childbirth they distinguish three periods.

First period - the disclosure of the cervix.

It can take approximately 13-18 hours.

Second period - the expulsion of the fetus or childbirth.

This period lasts about 1-2 hours.

Third period - post-natal.

On average, this period lasts 20-60 minutes. Duration of labour is about 15-20 hours, for deutipara - 6-10 hours.

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