Signs of Labour
Signs of Labour.
Labour and birth, it is not the same for every woman or every pregnancy. Expectant mothers and their partners can feel very anxious at this time, particularly so for first-time parents.
Here are a few things to know about labour:
- A tablespoon of blood or earthy colored, mucus-like bodily fluid from the vagina, called a ‘bloody show’ will be noticed.
- You release liquid which signifies the bursting of the water bag. Not all women experience it.
- You may experience what feels like strong menstrual cramps and/or pain in your lower back. These are contractions. As these become more frequent and stronger, you know your labour is progressing and it may soon be time to head to the hospital.
False labour or Braxton Hicks contractions usually eases with a shift in position, it also does not intensity or become more frequent, therefore it is important to time your contractions.
Be sure you have your bags ready and your doctor’s number on speed dial.