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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 15:05 PM   1
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What actually makes you go into labor?


I was thinking about this today as it seems that we all think most days towards the end of pregnancy " is this it " etc etc and " could this be the start " etc
Sometimes our waters go - But why ? - does the bag just get too full or does it get weak ?? sometimes we have a show - But why ? does the body know when to go into labour after 9 months?

Sorry if this seems a stupid question, but what actually makes us go into labor? Is it our own badies when the times right, or does it have something to do with the baby? or maybe the placenta? lol I feel really stupid for not knowing....

i found this and its very interesting so thought id share.....

How to Tell If Your Body Is Ready To Go Into Labor
http://www.ehow.com/how_4412548_tell...ady-labor.html



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 15:14 PM   2
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Will be interested to see others answers on this one! Have been wondering the same about the waters.



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 15:17 PM   3
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You don't know, because nothing has been scientifically proven as of yet to say what causes labor to begin. There are different scientific theories. when the level of specific mRNA molecules in mother’s blood circulation increases, the labor is about to begin. What is interesting is that these molecules are of fetal origin. Could it be so that the baby sends a signal to the mother’s body that it’s time to deliver? What if the mother’s body doesn’t recognize this message? Could that be one of the reasons why so many pregnancies become overdue and EDD are passed? Studies have shown that when the uterus reaches 40 weeks’ size, it is more likely to trigger labor. This may be one reason twins tend to deliver early. The placenta has also been linked to labor initiation through cases where it lacks a certain chemical secretion. In those cases, the woman doesn’t go into labor and must be induced. And babies suffering from severe neurological problems also need to be induced, suggesting the baby has a say in the beginning of labor.



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 15:36 PM   4
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You don't know, because nothing has been scientifically proven as of yet to say what causes labor to begin. There are different scientific theories. when the level of specific mRNA molecules in mother’s blood circulation increases, the labor is about to begin. What is interesting is that these molecules are of fetal origin. Could it be so that the baby sends a signal to the mother’s body that it’s time to deliver? What if the mother’s body doesn’t recognize this message? Could that be one of the reasons why so many pregnancies become overdue and EDD are passed? Studies have shown that when the uterus reaches 40 weeks’ size, it is more likely to trigger labor. This may be one reason twins tend to deliver early. The placenta has also been linked to labor initiation through cases where it lacks a certain chemical secretion. In those cases, the woman doesn’t go into labor and must be induced. And babies suffering from severe neurological problems also need to be induced, suggesting the baby has a say in the beginning of labor.


Is this something that you have read somewhere? As I have a son who was born with a brain tumour and hydrocephalaus. He stayed in the womb until I was induced at 42 weeks! If you did read that somewhere I would be curious to read more up on it!




I also am so curious as to what starts labour because with my pregnancies I go into preterm labour and I am wondering what my body lacks, or why I would go into preterm labour surely the uterus isnt stretched its full capacity at 27 weeks (when I recently went into preterm labour wiht this pregnancy!!) And with My son I went into preterm labour at 34 weeks but as I said they stopped it and he went until 42 weeks!

Thanks for sharing the link, i find it soo interesting learning about the body haha all in all im an information bug!!



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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 16:27 PM   5
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Is this something that you have read somewhere? As I have a son who was born with a brain tumour and hydrocephalaus. He stayed in the womb until I was induced at 42 weeks! If you did read that somewhere I would be curious to read more up on it!
My MW told me that when she lived in a particular area, the hospital she worked in had an unusually high population of women delivering babies who were anencephalic.

She said most of those mothers didn't go into labor on their own and were often induced at 42-43 weeks.



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 16:30 PM   6
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i think this is an ace question a i was wondering the same earlier, and what ever it is i wish i would happen to me and pretty sharpish!! lol



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 17:17 PM   7
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I read the other day (and can't remember where ) that it's the baby who decides when labour starts..they actually release a hormone that causes the uterus to start contracting, hence starting labour off! I think it's an amazing thought and truly believable too!



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 17:58 PM   8
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in all the books/baby mags ive read it says that its a hormone change in the baby that starts labour off x



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 18:17 PM   9
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I've heard the same. It's the baby that releases the hormones.



 
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Old Jan 10th, 2011, 18:22 PM   10
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What a great question.
I always thought there was a big red button the baby had to press when he/she is ready...:doh:



 
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