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Normal Delivery (vaginal Birth)


Most women deliver their babies through normal delivery (vaginal birth). Normal delivery means your uterus tightens up and then relaxes (contracts) to help pushing the baby out through the vagina. 

Every woman feels excited about having her baby but feels nervous about labour. Labour feels different for every woman. If your pregnancy is normal and healthy without any complications, wait for the labor to begin on its own. For some women, labour begins too slowly. Your doctor will give you medicine to help start (induce) the labour. 

As you are approaching your due date, you will be constantly looking for any little sign that your labor is about to start. You will also notice that your baby has moved or "dropped" lower into your pelvis. This is called lightening.

If you have had a pelvic exam during your prenatal visits, your doctor may report changes in your cervix that you cannot feel but suggest you that your body is getting ready. For some women, a fuss of energy and the urge to clean and called "nesting," is a sign that her labor is approaching.

The following signs suggest that your labour will begin very soon. Make a call to your doctor or midwife if you have any of the below signs and even if it is week before your due date (this may be a sign of preterm labor). Your doctor will decide if this is the time to go to the hospital or just needs to be seen at the clinic first.

  • You get contractions that have become stronger at regular intervals.
  • You will have cramping and lower back pain that does not go away.
  • Your water (amniotic fluid) breaks, this can be a large gush or a continuous trickle.
  • You have a bloody, brownish, or red-tinged mucus discharge. Passing your mucus plug means your cervix is opening up (dilating) and becoming thinner and softer.


Many women especially the first time mothers-to-be assume they are in labour when they are actually not. This is called false labour pains. Braxton Hicks contractions are common in the last few weeks of pregnancy or earlier.

This is no wonder that many women mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for the real contractions. So never feel embarrassed if you go to the hospital thinking that you are in labour.

Find below to check if your contractions are true labour?

Use your watch or clock to keep track of the time one contraction that starts to the time that the next contraction starts and how long each contraction lasts. With true labour, contractions become regular, more frequent, and stronger. Braxton Hicks contractions are not in a regular pattern and they taper off and go away soon.

Some women feel that a change in her activity such as lying down or walking makes Braxton Hicks contractions go away, but this will not happen with true labour.

Even with the above guidelines, sometimes it can be quite hard to tell if labour is real. If you are not sure of it, call and check with your doctor.

Breech babies

Most of the baby's present their heads down and if a baby's feet or buttocks are in a position to deliver first, the baby is said to be breech.

Breech deliveries will increase the risk that the baby may suffer health problems or die. If your baby is in breech position, your doctor will try to turn the baby by pushing a few weeks before your due date or may suggest a cesarean delivery.

A recent study found that when one or both of the parents were born breech, their children are twice as likely to be born the same way.

Did my water break (amniotic fluids leaking)?

This is not always easy to know if your water breaks. This could be a gush or a slow leakage of your amniotic fluid. Rupture of mucus membranes is the medical terminology for your water breaking.

Tell your doctor if your water breaks, has any color, or odor. Often many women will go into labor soon after her water breaks. If this does not happen, your doctor may want to induce labor. This is because, once your water breaks, your risk of getting an infection becomes high as labor is delayed.

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