On the second or third week until birth the first signs of approaching labor. At this time, the baby's head begins to descend closer to the entrance of the pelvis. It can be seen from the side, the doctor also can tell that my stomach dropped. At this time, you may be able to breathe, as the child ceases to press on the chest. Lower abdomen you may not notice it, but you can pay attention that the clothes began to sit differently. At this time, that is, in the last week, you can feel false labor. The uterus becomes sensitive, painful cuts are more frequent, but the intervals between them are uncertain. Often they are felt as tightening of the abdomen. Over time, these precursors are damped, in contrast to the true, which only increase its intensity and soreness. Braxton Hicks contractions occur during the night, felt in the abdomen and the back. If you are worried that she was in labor, it is better to go to the hospital to calm yourself.
For two or three days before childbirth you may feel a discharge of the mucus plug and blood clot. It is the mucus that accumulated in the cervical canal since the beginning of pregnancy, moving away from the cervix expanding it. This is a turning point, after which there is the main symptom of the onset of labor – contractions.
In some cases there is a gap membranes membranes that line the uterus. While amniotic fluid pour into the vagina. This can happen during childbirth, but if water breaks at home, you should contact the hospital.
If you are already taking Braxton-Hicks for the beginning of birth, when true will feel the difference. Begin to intensely muscles to contract the uterus to push the baby and placenta. The first regular contractions last half minute, with intervals of 15-20 minutes. The uterus at this time, strained, pain in the front of the abdomen and back. Then the contractions last more than 90 seconds, the interval is reduced. When the breaks reach ten minutes, you need to contact the hospital. During labor you may be nausea or an upset stomach. They are not always painful, can be just a strong pulling sensation. Sometimes during fights, you can feel spasms in the lower back, similar to the sensations during menstruation.
If true contractions started before then, contact the hospital or women's consultation, as it may be preterm labor. In any case, pre-pack a bag to the hospital, take a nightgown, sanitary pads, soap, toothpaste and brush, postpartum panties.