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How do I know,I am in labor?


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    How do I know,I am in labor?

    Although, Labor is different for Each women, These are some tips to find out whether its "The Time"...

    If you're really in labour, one or more of the following things will happen:

    • You may have persistent lower back or thigh pain, often accompanied by a crampy premenstrual feeling.
    • You will have contractions at regular and increasingly shorter intervals, and they will become longer and stronger in intensity.
    • You may find yourself using the toilet a lot. Some women have a need to empty their bladder, others an urge to pass stools!
    • You may have a bloody show (a brownish or blood-tinged mucus discharge). If you pass the mucus plug that blocks the cervix, labour could be imminent. It could also still be several days away, but this is a sign that things are moving along.
    • Your waters may break with a gush, or they may leak.
    • Your cervix will become progressively thinner and softer (also called effacement) and may dilate (up to 10cm).




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    Re: How do I know,I am in labor?

    Call the doctor if you have
    You should also contact your doctor if:

    • Your waters break, or if you suspect you're leaking amniotic fluid.
    • Your baby is moving less than usual.
    • You have any vaginal bleeding (unless it's just a small amount of blood-tinged mucus).
    • You have fever, severe headaches, changes in your vision, or abdominal pain.





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    Re: How do I know,I am in labor?

    What should I do early on in labour?


    • If your hospital bags are ready and arrangements are made for your trip to the hospital, then just try to get some rest to prepare yourself for the work ahead.
    • When your labour sets in, it is very important to drink plenty of fluids.
    • Alternate between walking and resting, or try taking a warm or cold bath or shower to ease any aches and pains.
    • Keeping calm and relaxed will help your labour to progress and help you cope with the contractions.



    Can I have contractions and not be in labour?


    Yes. You're in false labour if your cervix doesn't dilate (your doctor can confirm this during an examination), contractions are erratic and don't feel increasingly intense, and any pain you may feel in your abdomen or back is easily relieved by a warm bath or massage.



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    Re: How do I know,I am in labor?

    How do I know the labor is about to happen?

    The signs that your labour may start soon include:

    • Lightening (when your baby's head begins to drop into position in your pelvis).
    • An increase in vaginal discharge.
    • Increased frequency of passing urine.
    • The appearance of a bloody show (a brownish or blood-tinged mucus discharge).
    • More frequent and noticeably more intense practice ( Braxton Hicks) contractions.





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    Re: How do I know,I am in labor?

    What can I do while I am waiting for the pains to begin?

    When you are close to your due date, you may get a lot of advice from elders about what to do to make your delivery easier. This may include squatting to help the baby come down, drinking ghee with milk to help the baby 'slip out' easier or eating 'hot' foods to initiate labour.

    Many women swear by these age-old techniques but try not to put yourself to any strain or discomfort in an attempt to speed up labour. If you are really impatient for your little one to arrive, there are some scientifically proven natural ways to bring on labour.

    In the meantime, try to be as prepared as possible for your delivery. Discuss what you plan to do with your husband and family and make sure you are organized well in advance. Arrange for safe transport for the trip to the hospital and decide whether your husband or a friend or relative, will drive you there.

    It helps to have a backup plan as well. Work out how long it will take you to get to the hospital, so you can set off in good time. Make allowances for traffic and road conditions, as well as weather conditions like monsoon downpours. Check if there are any local festivals or occasions of public gathering close to your due date and plan accordingly.

    It might help to visualize the whole sequence of activities and play them through in your mind. Ask your husband to arrange his work related travel so that he can be available, if you want him to be around. If you want your mother or someone else to be there to support you, talk to them well in advance.

    Once all that is sorted you can rest, relax and enjoy the last few days of peace before your baby comes.

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    Re: How do I know,I am in labor?

    Lachu, ithu mathiri enakku yaaraavathu tios kuduthiruntha nalla irunthirukkum. Anyhow this is very useful and truthful information too.

    Rani.

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