What are the signs of labor?


It is not literally odd to look up the internet for signs of labor - if this is your first time - because most mothers  who have been through labor several times do so.

The signs of labor can easily be misinterpreted, example, if you ate certain foods that may not be quite good for your stomach and the apparently causes stomach cramps and pain; you may mistaken it for contractions.

One common misinterpretation is when the pressure of the baby exerted on the bladder causes urine to leak; this may seem like the baby is trying to make his or her way out - which may not be so.

It does not matter if you have ever gone through labor; the signs will differ in almost every time.

The AwayCande health team have put together important labor signs you should probably check out for during pregnancy.

Signs Of Labor
1. Intense and regular contractions.
A contraction which is scientifically known as Braxton Hicks is very common during the last days of a  pregnancy; do not mistaken such contractions for a sign of labor. Braxton Hicks often do not last longer and they may be as a result of inadequate water in the body or hunger. Drinking enough water or eating enough food can help reduce these contractions.

Now let us take a look at the real contractions that could be a sign of labor; they do not go away even by drinking enough water or eating enough food.
These intense contractions may be felt until the baby is delivered.

If the contraction becomes very successive and the distance between each of them is very tight or short then, you are probably in labor.

2. Discharge
As I said earlier, certain discharge may be as a result of the weight or the increase in size of the unborn child.
As a pregnant woman, you should always try to urinate as soon as you feel like doing so since the weight of the baby can exert intense pressure on your urine-filled bladder and cause the urine to leak; this should not be mistaken for a sign of labor.
If a mucus which is scientifically known as a runny or mucus plug is discharged through your vagina, then, you are in labor.
Sometimes blood can be discharged too as a result of a damage to blood vessels.

3. Diarrhea
The body often releases prostaglandins during labor to enhance frictionless cervix passage for the baby. These prostaglandins has what I call slight side effects. Why am I saying this? I saying that because, it sometimes causes frequent stools.

4. Severe back pain
Back pain is quite common in pregnant women but an extreme, intense and severe back pain may be a clear sign of labor.
Note: If your back pain is severe in the early weeks of your pregnancy, it is not a sign of labor; it is rather a clear sign of danger; visit your doctor as quickly as possible.

5. The Water Breaks.
The water breaks differently in almost each individual. The fluid released when the water breaks differs in almost every woman; this is because the baby's head may prevent the leakage of fluids in some women and others on the other hand may experience leakages since their babies heads may not completely cover the fluid passage way.

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