Labor progresses at different paces and intensities depending on individual. Many pregnant women fear if they missed the early sign of labor and unprepared for the delivery of their child.
How do i know when labor will begin?
Observer changes on your body and note anything new and unusual that might be signs of pre-labor that indicate the body is preparing for delivery in the weeks to come. These sign may be experienced at 38 or 39 weeks of pregnancy.
Check out this cues that labor is approaching.
1. Your water breaks
Only 1 in 10 women experience their water sac breaking prior to labor. When your water breaks, most likely your will feel a small gush because baby head often prevent too much fluid from leaking out. Once sac has ruptured, it usually means that labor is just around the corner. 80% of women spontaneously go into labor within 24 hours after their water breaks. and those who don’t really are likely to be induced because the risk of infection increases once the amniotic sac has ruptured.
2. You are having a strong and regular contractions
True labor pain does not lessen until delivery compare to Braxton Hicks. Typically, it gets more intense and more frequent over times. It may starts with an overall crampy feeling then it become distinct contractions that go from 10-8 to 5-3 minutes apart. Mostly, you will feel those contractions as a tight band that starts in your back and radiates across the front of your belly.
Towards the due date, Braxton hicks usually increases and intense as the uterus and body prepare for the big event. Normally it is triggered by hunger or dehydration so eating or drinking something can quell them. Its contractions rarely get strong or regular, and they usually go away.
3. You notice baby position is dropping
Final few weeks you may notice that baby has moved down lower in your abdomen, which is also known as lightening . You might be able to sense baby’s head resting just beneath the middle of your pelvic bone and your breast probably no longer touch the top of your abdomen. You may experiance greater ease in breathing, relief from heartburn and an ability to eat larger portions.
4. You Get Diarrhea
During the early part of labor, your body release Prostaglandins, a group of hormone like substances that cause the uterus to contract and help soften and dilate the cervix. Prostaglandins can also hyper-stimulate the bowel causing frequent loose stools or even diarrhea. Its also a natural way of emptying your intestines to make more room for baby’s passage.
5. Your back really hurts
Most pregnant mom with back been aching for months but when the pain becoming extremely harsh, this can be a sign that you are experiencing ‘back labor‘ which happens to nearly one third of women. Normally, baby descends the baby canal with its face pressed against the mum’s spine resulting to the constant pain that may radiate to the abdomen but it mostly concentrated in the back. Whether you are experience true back labor or not, excruciating back pain is a sure sign that you are ready to deliver.
6. You notice a discharge
During pregnancy, cervix stays sealed and plugged up with mucus. It is nature way of protecting your baby from infection of germs and bacteria but as your progress toward labor, the cervix begin to dilate and soften in preparation for delivery, causing those accumulated mucus to dispelled as either a blob or a runny smear.
7. You notice a spotting
Blood vessels can tear as the cervix opens, tinting the discharge of blood or spotting called ‘bloody show‘. When you experiencing this, labor could be hours, days or even weeks away as these are hints that the cervix is changing.
May you be blessed with a cute baby like no other and congratulations to you both!