Signs of Childbirth Are Near
Various Signs of Childbirth You Must ConsiderSigns of childbirth can be seen or felt very clearly in some women, but some do not feel any signs. From a physical perspective, maybe you will feel changes in your body such as:
Feeling fake contractions
These contractions are usually called Braxton Hicks or tightening of the stomach that comes and goes. But these fake contractions are not as strong as the original contractions that occur during childbirth. Usually this contraction lasts 30 to 120 seconds. In contrast to real contractions, Braxton Hicks contractions can disappear when you change positions or relax. This contraction you will feel before experiencing a real contraction. Another difference between genuine and fake contractions, namely Braxton Hicks contractions only feel in the abdomen or pelvis, while real contractions are usually felt in the lower back then move to the front of the abdomen.
Pain or aches
Feeling back pain, abdominal pain or cramps like you are experiencing a premenstrual period.
Ruptured amniotic fluid
The most common sign of childbirth known by most people is rupture of amniotic fluid. Most women first experience contractions before the amniotic fluid ruptures, but there are also those who start it with rupture of the amniotic fluid. When this happens, labor usually follows immediately. But the danger, if the amniotic fluid has broken, but you do not also experience contractions, then your baby will be more susceptible to infection. That's because the liquid that always protects the baby from germs while in the womb has been exhausted. If this happens, the induction process may be carried out to maintain the safety of your baby.
Difficult to sleep
A disturbed night's sleep and feelings of anxiety can be signs of childbirth. Try to sleep or rest during the day, because you need energy when labor takes place.
The frequency of urination increases
A few weeks or hours before delivery, the baby will descend into your pelvic cavity. This condition makes the uterus compress the bladder, so the frequency of urination becomes more increased than usual.
Thick mucus comes out mixed with blood from the vagina
During pregnancy, your cervix is covered by thick mucus. But as you approach labor, your cervix will enlarge and make a way for the mucus to come out through the vagina. The color can be clear, pink, or slightly bloody. But mucus mixed with blood is not always the first sign that you are about to give birth. This mucus can come out also when you have sex while pregnant.
Changes in the cervix
The tissue on your cervix will soften or become elastic. If you have already given birth, your cervix will more easily open about one or two centimeters before labor begins. But if you are experiencing this for the first time, cervical opening of one centimeter can not be guaranteed you will give birth soon.
Tips for Approaching ChildbirthIf you have entered the 9th month of pregnancy, you should have prepared all the equipment needed during labor. So, if the amniotic fluid has ruptured or contractions occur, you can immediately bring the equipment, then rush to the hospital. Equipment that you need to bring includes:
- Bag containing clothes and toiletries.
- Baby gear.
- Books, magazines or anything that can accompany you awaiting labor.
- Comfortable pillows and blankets.
- If you want to capture this happy moment, you can also set up a video camera with a fully charged battery and charger.