Normal labor and delivery process
After some nine months of anticipation, you can expect your baby out. Here's appending what you can expect once the labor starts until the first days and weeks with your new baby.
Signs of labor – the time to rush to your gynecologist
No one can predict with the foregone conclusion that when the labor will begin, the due date which your doctor gives you will be actually a mere point of reference to keep everything ready. It is normal that the labor might start as early as three weeks before the given due date or as late as two weeks after it. Below appending are the signs that labor is probably nearing:
Lightning: You will feel a lightening sort of pain down below your naval part, say as lower abdomen. It occurs when your baby's head drops down into your pelvis in ready to deliver the baby. At this time, your belly looks lower and but now you may feel easier to breathe as your baby no longer crowds your lungs. You may also feel an increased need to urinate, as your baby is now pressing your bladder. This can occur a few weeks to a few hours from the onset of labor.
Bloody show: If you get a blood-tinged or brownish discharge from your cervix that is the released mucus plug which was actually sealing off the womb from infection. This can occur days before or at the onset of labor.
Diarrhea: Frequent loose stools may mean that your labor is about to happen.
Ruptured membranes: Fluid gushing or a kind of leaking from the vagina means the amniotic sac membranes got ruptured, which actually surrounded and protected your baby so far. It may occur few hours before your labor starts or during labor. Most women go into labor within 24 hours. If labor does not occur naturally during this time frame, doctors may induce labor by giving ‘pain inducing’ injections, opening the uterus mouth, and vacuum help to prevent infections and delivery complications.
Contractions: Even though it is not strange to experience periodic, irregular contractions i.e. uterine muscle spasms when your labor nears, contractions that occur at intervals of less than 10 minutes are usually an indication that labor has begun.