The most important signs of childbirth
You look nervously at the calendar - the date of birth is approaching in big steps, the layette is already packed, your loved ones are on shift duty at the phone, and you are still afraid that you will not recognize the moment when the solution will be found. Don't worry! Don't worry! Below you will find the most important signs of childbirth.
How do you know when a baby's coming?
- Lowering the bottom of the uterus - you will start to breathe more freely, but you will feel more pressure on your bladder; you will also notice that your abdomen is gently "going down". Lowering the bottom of the uterus may occur even a few weeks before the birth, although this is not the rule;
- Braxton-Hicks contractions - they can accompany you even a few weeks before the birth. If they are irregular and painless, they will only be a warning signal. But be vigilant. If they become stronger or you notice other symptoms, such as fetal water leaving, it's time to go to hospital.
- Diarrhoea or vomiting is a natural reflex of the organism, which is cleaned before the start of labour so that the baby can be born without any problems;
- Abdominal pain, thigh pain, back pain;
- Heartbeat, anxiety, feeling hot;
- Reduction of body weight to 1 kg, lack of appetite or on the contrary - sudden, increased appetite;
- Expulsion of the mucous membrane - the mucous membrane will resemble a jelly, transparent or slightly pink coloured, odourless ball. Expelling her outside is a sign that her cervix is dilated;
- Pink or bloody colouring of the mucus;
- If the foetal waters leave - the baby, pushing on the birth canal, causes a gap to appear in it, through which the foetal waters begin to drain. Pay attention to their color - if they are brown, greenish or blood stained, it is a sign to go to the hospital immediately.
What to do if you notice any signs of childbirth?
If you recognise any of these symptoms, don't panic! Remember that these are not all possible signs of childbirth if you are concerned about something, consult your doctor, in person or by phone. Even if it's just a false alarm, you'll be much calmer after a conversation like this. However, if you feel regular, painful contractions accompanied by thigh and back pain, or if you notice fetal water leaving, the time for a solution is very close. Tell the person to take you to the hospital, prepare an identity card, a birth plan and a pre-packaged layette. In the hospital you will receive help and professional care. Now you and your little one are the most important!