The feeling of motherliness is awesome for all. But, the experience of giving birth and pregnancy can differ from one woman to another. Although there’s no way to know how a woman’s labour will progress or how long it will last, it’s not unusual to be fearful of the process and worried about the pain associated with it. Such labour pain is very personal as well as emotional.
What the labour pain is and what triggers it most is really unclear to all. There remain no exact words to express it. But it probably begins when certain hormones are produced by the fetus, experts suspect. However, there are some cultural beliefs about what might get labour started. Sometimes such trick can act out also.
According to a study, it has been chalked out that techniques that may trigger the process of labour are having sex and stimulating the nipples. During this final stage of pregnancy, having sex might not be comfortable as well as no easy too but sperm has prostaglandins, a hormone which can soften up the cervix and get labour underway. The method of stimulating the nipple by hand can help bring on labour for a woman which helps in release oxytocin, a hormone that can cause uterine contractions.
Labour comes only after giving you enough alerts about its arrival. Here are some signs before labour, which help you prepare for childbirth:
The baby will settle deeper into the pelvis when the body prepares for labour. It is making you feel lighter. But it also puts more pressure on her pelvis and bladder, resulting in frequent bathroom visits. In addition, a woman’s belly may appear lower and more protruding, and she may walk with a waddle. There will be reduced pressure in the chest and abdomen, making you breathe easily and eat a full meal. However, it does not mean that labour is close. It will take a few more weeks. Moreover, first-time moms have baby dropping earlier than experienced moms.
Contractions get intense:
One of the major signs of true labor are contractions. A woman’s uterus contracts her entire pregnancy, They will become longer and stronger as you get closer to labor. It is hard to figure out if they are real or false (Braxton Hicks) contractions. Contractions are nothing but”It’s a muscle, and it has to practice for this Olympic event that is going to happen.”Near the end of pregnancy, uterine contractions start to move the baby down into a lower position in the birth canal, and ultimately having contractions will help to push the baby out into the world. There is yet another kind of real contractions called prodromal labor. These contractions do not get longer, stronger, and closer but change your cervix. They are usually a sign that your baby is in a bad position.
Cervical changes during labor:
The cervix is the opening of uterus through which the baby is born. All through the pregnancy, this opening is thick, closed, pointed towards the back (posterior end of the mother), and has a layer of mucus to protect the baby. The cervix begins to thin and widen, indicating that the lower part of the uterus is ready to come out. The cervix opens to about 10 cm, but the maximum dilation occurs just before labor.
Lower back pain and cramping:
During labor, a woman might feel increasing pressure or cramping in her pelvic and rectal areas. She may also feel a dull ache in her lower back.
“Breaking of the waters” is a strong symptom of labor. It happens when the amniotic sac ruptures and the fluid gushes out from the vagina. Once the waters break, you should immediately contact your doctor who would ask for the consistency and color of the fluid. If it is green, your baby might have emptied her bowel which is a serious indication. A pregnant woman’s water can break days before labor starts, during labor or not at all. Once a woman’s water breaks, the baby is no longer surrounded by a protective fluid and could be at risk of developing an infection. This is why doctors and midwives will want to deliver the baby within a day or two of its occurrence.
Bloody vaginal discharge:
As your cervical changes occur, you will shed the mucus plug. It drops out in a lump or discharge for a few days. It is tinged with brown, pink, or red blood and therefore referred to as “bloody show”. This indicates that labor is close . If you notice bloody show between 32 and 34 weeks, you should call your doctor as it can be a sign of preterm labor. As labor begins, or several days before it does, a woman may notice an increase in vaginal discharge that’s pink, brown or slightly bloody. This discharge is caused by the release of a mucous plug that blocks the cervix (the opening to the uterus) during pregnancy.
During the early stage of labor, the body releases prostaglandins, which soften the cervix and contract the uterus. They also stimulate bowel movement, naturally emptying the bowel to make way for the baby. This is a good sign as it helps clean out your tummy and avoid any discomfort during labor.
he body can give off other clues that a woman might be going into labor.