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Signs of Approaching Labor

Being a mom is a special feeling for every woman. Pregnancy is conceived no less than a milestone of womanhood. A female feel completes when she becomes a mother to a little bundle of joy. Pregnancy is special in every term, irrespective of the would-be mother expecting it for the first time or the woman who is already a mother. Most of the time, labor is misinterpreted by the cramps as contractions, few drops of urinal discharge because a whole human is growing above your bladder, is considered as the breaking of water. With the excitement of meeting your baby for the very first time, labor is misinterpreted during the last phase of the third trimester. 

What Labor Actually Is?

Labor is the process that induces the process of childbirth. It starts with contractions of the uterus and ends you up with your little bundle of joy and happiness.  For the first time moms, the nervousness and the thought of labor pain may delay the labor. 

Signs that labor is 24 to 48 hours away

The severity of labor cramps and contractions is liberal when you are just 24-48 hours away from going into actual labor. There are several symptoms that you can check to figure out your pre-labor phase, and they are – 

  • Increased Pinkish or Brownish vaginal discharge.
  • The feeling or sensation of your baby dropping down in your pelvic cavity, called engagement.  
  • Mild cramps that result from tightening or hardening of the uterus.
  • Frequent and loose bowel movements that may cause cramps. 
  • Indigestion and vomiting can also occur. 
  • Feeling of restlessness or breathlessness can also be experienced by expecting mothers. 

Signs you’re going into labor

  • Your Water Breaks – a sac of amniotic fluid ruptures and that’s what is termed as “breaking of water”. When your water breaks, it is a clear sign depicting your labor is just around the corner. According to scientific research, most women experience labor within 12 hours after their water breaks. 
  • You Might Experience Blood Discharge – nature’s way of protecting your baby is your cervix stays closed and tight but as the time of delivery of arrives, it starts to dilute and loosens up. This leads to the discharge of mucus along with some blood. slight bleeding is normal but if you notice heavy bleeding please consult a doctor.
  • You’re Having Strong Regular Contractions – when the frequency and intensity of your subtle contractions increase, you need to realize that this is the time. These intense contractions help the baby’s head move downwards through the birth canal. The process of baby slowly coming down with the opening of the cervix, is called effacement and dilation. 
  • Your Back Really Hurts Bad – this happens because when the baby passes through the birth canal, the face of the baby is pressed against the mother’s spine which causes a constant feeling of uneasiness and back pain to her.  

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