No one wants to arrive at the hospital too early or too late. So how to know the difference between real and false labour? Look out for the following usual labour-day signs.
Your Contractions Hurt
The biggest confusion when it comes to labour is that it can be hard to differentiate between false and real contractions. As you are close to your due date you may feel labour like contractions that are mildly uncomfortable and vary in intensity. The real contractions are painful. They build in intensity so you can’t talk and walk through them.
Labour contractions are “Strong, Persistent, and Repetitive”
You can time them. When contractions are very intense, five to seven minutes apart, you are in labour.
It time to head to the hospital? Not necessarily. It is based on your medical history, whether this is your first labour, and whether your cervix is already dilated. Also an important factor is how far you live from the medical facility. It is suggested that you call your doctor. In the case of first labour, you can possibly wait until your contractions are about five minutes apart to call the doctor. If this is not your first labour, call your doctor when your contractions are 10 to 15 minutes apart. Generally, a second labour tends to be half as long as the first, so you have less time to hang out at home.
Do not forget to mention to your doctor about any progress you have made since your last visit. Try to relax, if you are told to stay home. This will keep your muscles loose, which will help labour progress and ease pain.
A gush or a persistent trickle of musty fluid is a major sign that your membranes have ruptured and that labour has begun. What is confusing here is that women in the latter stages of pregnancy have insufficient voluntary control over urination because of the baby’s head presses against the bladder, which causes urine leakage. Now the question arises, “How can you tell if it’s urine or amniotic fluid (“water”)? ” With incontinence, a pad will not immediately get drenched because the fluid leakage is not continuous. But keep in mind that you do not need to be having contractions for your water to break. What can you do? Again, call your doctor. The doctor will check with you about the colour of the fluid and the status of your Group B strep test, which most obstetricians perform in the last month of pregnancy. If the fluid is clear and your Group B strep test is negative, that is a good sign. It means that everything is normal. But if the Group B strep test is positive and/or the fluid is brown or green, your doctor will probably advise you to head to the hospital right away because it could be a sign of foetal distress and there will be an immediate need to monitor the baby closely.
It is difficult to predict exactly what your labour will feel like and how long it will last. Knowing the signs of labour will indicate when the labour will finally begin. This will further make you feel more confident about what is ahead.
Signs to know that labour is 24 to 48 Hours away
You get the runs- Sometimes pregnant women might have diarrhea a day or two before going into labour. That is the body’s way of emptying the bowels so the uterus will contract well. Indigestion and vomiting prior to labour is also a possibility.
You’re carrying especially low- When the baby’s head drops into the pelvis, lining itself up for labour, this is known as lightening. The weight of your baby is no longer pressing on your diaphragm. As a result, you may be able to breathe more freely.
You get a burst of energy- You are exhausted, but suddenly feel like crossing everything off your to-do list. You do not want to leave any unfinished business at home. Don’t overstress yourself. You will need your energy for labour.
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