Am I in Labor?
Any pain you feel during pregnancy keep you thinking if you are in actual labor or it’s just any other normal pain. Pregnancy is a period when you face a lot of different pains and discomforts. Not every pain is the labor pain. Here are some signs and symptoms that you experience during labor and delivery and that will help you understand the difference:
What are the Signs of Labor?
Signs of labor vary in each woman. Some women may not experience any signs of labor. Some of the common signs include:
Contractions – Stronger and frequent contractions can be a sign of labor. Labor contractions can pain your back and abdomen. Some women may experience false labor contractions or Braxton Hicks contractions in earlier stages.
Lightening – Lightening occurs if your baby descends into your pelvis. You may feel to urinate more often. Lightening occur a few weeks before birth.
Water Breaks – When your membranes break, the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby may come out in a trickle or a gush. This is known as water break. Water break can be accompanied by labor pain or the pain might come a little later.
Mucus Discharge – Passing of the mucus plug at the cervix is a sign of labor.
Increased back pain and cramps – If you feel increased back pain and cramps than before, it can be a sign of labor.
Diarrhea – Since your body is preparing for birth, the muscles in the uterus will relax which will cause loose bowel movements.
What you need to know about Labor Pain?
- Labor pain starts with a little pain which occurs after a frequent internal and increases over a period of time.
- It is a period like pain which gets little more severe.
- During labor your womb tightens and then relaxes.
- You will feel pain at both sides of your back.
When should I call my midwife?
You may call the midwife or reach the hospital if:
- Your contractions are happening quite often like every 30 to 60 seconds.
- Your water bag bursts.
- Your plug of mucus which covers your cervix comes away. You might consult your doctor post this. In some cases, the labor pain may start after some days.
- Anything strange happening to you, you need to consult your midwife or the doctor.