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What Are The Early Signs Of Labor

What are the early Signs of Labor

No one can exactly predict when labor will begin and the early signs of labor. The due date that your doctor gives you can be a point of reference. It is quite normal for labor to start as early as 3 weeks before the due date or as late as 2 weeks after the due date.

The following are the signs that could herald the onset of labor.

LighteningThis occurs when your baby's head drops down towards or into your pelvis preparing it for delivery. Your belly looks lower and you find it easier to breathe as your baby no longer crowds your lungs. You will also feel an urge to urinate, as your baby is pressing your bladder. This can happen a few weeks to a few hours from the onset of labor.

Bloody show You may notice a thick mucus discharge which could be white, pink, or brownish in color from the mouth of your womb or cervix that is plugged with mucus to prevent any infections entering the womb. Sometimes the discharge contains some amount of bright red blood mixed in it. This can occur a week before or at the onset of labor.

Diarrhea Frequent loose stools may mean that the labor is approaching.

Fluid Leaks – Leaking amniotic fluid from your vagina means the membranes of the amniotic sac that surrounded and protected your child have ruptured. This happens hours before actual labor starts or at the onset of labor. Most women go into a labor within 24 hours. If the labor does not start naturally at this time, doctors may induce labor to prevent any infections or delivery complications

Contractions – The muscular contractions of the uterus are felt as periodic discomfort. Contractions will be mild initially. They are felt more like menstrual cramps and come and goes periodically. 

If you find it occurring half hourly and then occurs more frequently for every 15 minutes, then it is a real labor.  Real contractions will have fixed rhythmical intervals.  It is highly possible that the contractions stop for a day or so. There is nothing to worry as the labor starts and stops on and off days before the due date.

You can safely stay at your home until your contractions are frequent such as 10 minutes apart (that occurs at intervals of less than 10 minutes and continues). After 10 minutes intervals, the contractions shift to 5 minutes intervals and then to every 2 minutes that is for a short while before birth.

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