How to Know if You Are in Labor
Women nearing delivery may feel many pains and aches. If it is your first labor then you may think it is the labor pain. There will be some false pains called Braxton-Hicks contractions that may start like a labor pain with hard menstrual cramps but they won’t get intensified rather they may stop after sometime. Here some tips that may help you to recognize the labor pain
Tips to Recognize Labor Pain
Contraction of the uterus is the major sign for labor. It may start from the upper part of the womb and you can feel the area to be tight and thicker.
Some women may have a slight lower back pain, pain in thighs etc. Usually contraction may last for sometime and then disappear. It appears again after some time and disappears later. Note the timing of the contractions and see whether the contraction time is extending and the time between each contraction is getting shorter. If so you are really in labor pain. In most cases the back pain may also intensifies with the contraction.
Emptying the Stomach
Before staring the labor your body, it may try to expel every thing in your stomach and you may experience diarrhea or vomiting.
Leaking of Fluid
The amniotic sac in which the baby grows may rupture prior to labor and fluid may leak through the vagina. This indicates the labor is very close. If you notice any green or brown color in this fluid then you have to rush as it indicates that the baby had bowel movement inside the uterus.
Drop of the Tummy
On the last days of pregnancy the tummy will drop and thus gives you some relief from the pressure exerted on the stomach and the lungs and you can eat and breathe easily. At the final stage you will experience a pressure towards the down and it may resemble the need for bowel movement.
Loss of Cervical Plug
The mucous that plugs the cervix end may drop down prior to labor. It may happen a few days prior to labor and it appears same as that had during ovulation but will be thicker. Sometimes it may also associate with bloody discharge.