Before you start panicking and rushing to a hospital, you should check to see if you have these common signs of labor. You could ask moms who already experienced labor, but they can’t tell you for a fact that you are having labor. Most of the early signs can often be misunderstood. For example, you ate pizza, a hot dog, and some ice-cream, so you have cramps, but it could also be real contractions. Or when you see that your underwear is wet, it could be that your water broke or maybe it is just a couple of drops of urine because somebody is sitting inside your stomach on your full bladder. First, check these cues and if you think that it really is the time to have a baby, go to the hospital.
Your Water Breaks
Probably the biggest concern you’ll have is that your baby will start getting out when you are in a bus or in the post office waiting in line. But as one study says, it is really rare. To be exact, only eight percent of women had experienced their regular contractions starting after their amniotic fluid began to leak. If your water breaks, after all, the biggest possibility is that it will be just a small leak instead of a big gush, because fluid is stopped from leaking by your baby’s head.
Carol J. Grabowski, M.D., chief of staff of the women’s division at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, in California, said: “Once the sac has ruptured, it usually means that labor is just around the corner”. When your water breaks, spontaneous labor happens in the next twelve hours. This goes for eighty percent of women; the other twenty percent usually get induced, because, in time, the ruptured amniotic sac starts to cause infection.
You are Having Strong Contractions
There are two types of contractions. First are the real ones after which you will go into labor, and the second kind are just practice contractions called Braxton Hicks contractions. They can happen in the last couple of weeks before the labor. You should know how to tell the difference between these two. Patricia De-vine, M.D., assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center, in New York City, said: “Braxton Hicks contractions rarely get strong or regular, and then they usually go away.” Dehydration and hunger can sometimes trigger practice contractions. You can sometimes suppress them by drinking or eating something. On the other side, the true labor pains only get more frequent and more painful and they last until you give birth. Kay Johnson, a certified nurse-midwife in Atlanta said: “Most of the time, you’ll feel those contractions as a tight band that starts in your back and radiates across the front of your belly.”
Bad Pain in Your Back
Back pain can be really annoying and can last for months if you are a pregnant women, and this is actually a very usual thing. There is something called “back labor”, and if the pain in your back gets really bad, chances are that you are experiencing exactly that. But don’t worry, because “back labor” happens to every third woman. According to experts, a baby normally descends with its face pressed on its mother’s spine, and even hits the mother’s spine in birth. The conclusion is that excruciating back pain usually gives you a clear sign that you should head to the hospital and deliver your little angel.