What actually makes you go into labor?

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  1. johnoblueshoe

    johnoblueshoe Expecting number 5

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    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?:dohh:

    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....:blush:

    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-body-ready-labor.html
     
  2. Breezy

    Breezy Mommy to one gorgeous boy

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    Will be interested to see others answers on this one! Have been wondering the same about the waters.
     
  3. Terangela

    Terangela Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. Divinebeauty

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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!




    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!!
     
  5. Sophist

    Sophist Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. ttcgeordie

    ttcgeordie mammy of 2 boys

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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
     
  7. tink23

    tink23 Proud Single Mum to Eli

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    I read the other day (and can't remember where :dohh: ) 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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    lulu35 Well-Known Member

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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
     
  9. austinsmom

    austinsmom Well-Known Member

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    I've heard the same. It's the baby that releases the hormones.
     
  10. brunette&bubs

    brunette&bubs Mommy to James

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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:
     
  11. 3rdandlastime

    3rdandlastime Well-Known Member

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    id love to know why too, as iv had to be induced with my two and this time a c-section if all goes to plan.
    I am quite sad due to the fact i havent started off myself, and often wonder if my body is lacking the ability.
    I would have loved that chance to go into labour naturally or be stood there in tescos and my waters break suddenly, everywhere lol.

    sigh :(
     
  12. Annunakian

    Annunakian Mom of two

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    I sure hope my lo sends that hormone trigger right on time! I hate the thought of being induced again. :( They probably won't let me go past 39 weeks since I have GD.
     
  13. johnoblueshoe

    johnoblueshoe Expecting number 5

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    Thanks ladies... i guess we will never know for sure but if it is baby lets hope there all kind to us and be good and press that magic button on time lol x
     
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    flubdub Well-Known Member

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    Funny, I was googling the exact same thing last night. Apparently, they dont know , but think it can be either, or a combination of, the baby, placenta, and cord that trigger something off.
    They think the baby releases a hormone when it s lungs are ready too x
     
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    flubdub Well-Known Member

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    Ha, those are the exact words I read last night :)
     
  16. johnoblueshoe

    johnoblueshoe Expecting number 5

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  17. Divinebeauty

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    So how come I wonder why do babies come early then , ahh I wish there was an answer to this I have googled as well and found no answers! If I do come across anything I will be sure to post!! xx
     
  18. Mark&Annie

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    In dogs it is caused by the pups becoming stressed and releasing steroids into the blood of the mother, this kick starts labour. This is why some bitches carrying single/few pups sometimes do not go into labour called uterine inertia. I presumed it was the same for people.
     
  19. palmtree123

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    Not entirely related to the thread but I heard that if you went into labour in Tescos you get like a years free shopping or something :happydance: (not sure how reliable my source is lol) :dohh: x x x
     

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