for those on labour watch

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  1. open lotus

    open lotus Well-Known Member

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    The most common signs that labor may soon begin include:

    * The baby "drops" or engages into the pelvis, which is called lightening. Lightening may occur two to four weeks prior to labor in first-time mothers and often not until labor begins if you have previously had children.
    * Your abdomen usually appears lower and more protruding.
    * You may experience a greater ease in breathing, relief from heartburn and an ability to eat larger portions.
    * However, the lower position of the baby together with its greater size, can lead to:
    o Increased backache and sacroiliac discomfort
    o Increased awkwardness in walking
    o Increased frequency of urination
    * Frequent bowel movements may be experienced within 48 hours of labor, cleansing the lower bowel in preparation for birth.
    * Diarrhea or flu like symptoms without fever. Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting are common a day or so before labor begins.
    * Increased vaginal discharge during the last few weeks of pregnancy as the body prepares for the passage of the baby through the birth canal.
    * Increased Braxton-Hicks contractions during the last weeks of pregnancy, which are "practice" contractions that prepare the uterus for labor and may cause some effacement and dilation (thinning and opening) of the cervix. These contractions do not ordinarily cause pain but may be sufficiently strong and regular to be confused with true labor. This is referred to as false labor.
    * Possible "bloody show" or the release of slightly brown, pink or blood-tinged mucus from effacement and dilation (the thinning and opening) of the cervix, causing the mucus plug to be released from the cervix.
    * Some women notice a sudden burst of energy, sometimes called a "nesting instinct" approximately 24-48 hours before the start of labor. You may feel a strong desire to clean the house and prepare for the baby. Try not to tire yourself as nature gives you this extra energy to help you during labor. If you must be active, be careful not to overexert yourself!
    * A loss or leveling off in weight may be noticed in the last few days before labor begins. It is common to lose 1-3 pounds of fluid before labor begins as a result of hormonal shifts.
    * Mother just feels "different," not quite herself.
    * The bag of water may break. Depending on the location of the break in the amniotic sac, the break can feel like a gush, or an uncontrolled trickle of fluid coming from the vagina.

    Anxiety and disappointment are very common feelings for mothers as the "due date" approaches or passes without labor beginning. Try to keep occupied and active, but do not wear yourself out!


    https://www.babies.sutterhealth.org/laboranddelivery/labor/
     
  2. cantwaitforu

    cantwaitforu Mom of two boys and prego

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    Thanks for posting this! So far, I have none of these signs and am quite ok with it! Hoping baby makes his grand entrance anytime after December 2 :)
     
  3. mummydeb

    mummydeb Well-Known Member

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    iv got quiet a few of these over past 2 days :/ bit to soon for me though need to cook him at least another week
     
  4. luckyno2

    luckyno2 Well-Known Member

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    O cant wait thanx for posting
     
  5. Beccy23

    Beccy23 happy mummy

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    the only symtom left for me to have is my waters to break but my last two i had to have broken has i have tough waters according to notes :/
     
  6. luvmyfam

    luvmyfam Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I am definitely having the increased discomfort in walking and sacroiliac discomfort.
     
  7. xxcharlottexx

    xxcharlottexx Member

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    I am having the vomiting and most of the signs but no show or anything like that. Come on babies we want to meet u :)
     

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