Am I in labour? 3 signs labour just started

Pregnant women who have reached full term eagerly await the arrival of their little ones

Pregnant women who have reached full term eagerly await the arrival of their little ones. The Newbies (First-time moms) often ask- How do I know if Labour has started? This post is going to tell you the signs to watch out for. Every mother deserve to be prepared for labour after waiting for nine long months oops! It’s no joke – finally, your baby could arrive any moment from now, so it’s pertinent you take a critical look at this post in other for labour not to take you by surprise. Let’s talk straight up- signs you are in Labour:

  1. A “show” of the mucus plug: This early sign of labour is an evidence the cervix has ripened in preparation for labour. The mucus plug has been there throughout your pregnancy it seals the cervical opening preventing bacteria entry into the uterus. When the cervix thins and dilates because of hormonal changes in preparation for labour the mucus plug is expelled. It’s usually mixed with blood so it can be red, brown or pink in colour, it may even be clear without a tinge of blood in some women. It may come away in one blob or in bits. Having a show does not necessarily mean you are in labour, it’s only an indication your cervix is starting to open in preparation for labour.  After a ‘show’, labour may take hours, days or even weeks.
  2. Rupture of membranes (when your water breaks):  Membrane rupture is an indication labour is about to begin, however for some women water breaks during labour. Your baby develops and grows inside the amniotic sack filled with fluid -The amniotic fluid protects the baby from infection and so if it’s depleted it can pose a health risk for the baby. When it’s time for your water to break, you may feel a slow trickle, down your legs or it may come gushing in a way you can’t control. If your water breaks before labour start talk to your doctor about it in order not to pose a health risk for your baby.
  3. Uterine Contractions: When you have a contraction, it simply means your uterus tightens and then relaxes. At the early onset of labour, the contractions are usually mild, though it intensifies and gets stronger as labour progresses. Contractions may last for 30sec or more and give you rest of 5minutes or more. The pain you feel is more like a stronger form of period pain.

You can cope with the early onset of labour by taking a walk, Eat or take drinks if you feel like it.

Did you experience other early labour signs?  You may do well to share with us by leaving a comment. You never know who would benefit from your comment.


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Since graduating from the University of Nigeria in 2008, Oge has excelled in the physiotherapy practice, working alongside consultants in the management of patients with diverse musculoskeletal disorders. She gained most of her experience practicing in the private sector and has gained a wealth of knowledge as well as having a good relationship with patients. She is presently the CEO RichCare Physiotherapy and Wellness Center which was established in 2015, presently serving the Karu Nasarawa and Abuja environs.

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