Labor and Delivery

As the birth gets closer in the last weeks and days of pregnancy, moms will notice a number of things that will tell her body's getting ready for labor. Moms may have BRAXTON HICKS contractions or false labor which are mild cramping pains in the abdomen, one way your body prepares for birth. There can be BLOODY SHOW too shortly before labor begins. A mucous discharge with a little blood coming from the vagina.

One of the most common sign of impending labor and delivery is when the WATER BAG BREAKS. This is when water leaks or gushes out from vagina and sometimes it doesn't happen until you are in labor. It is very advisable to call your doctor or might as well pay a visit to the hospital to have you checked if it's really your water bag or just a regular leak.

Signs doctors look to tell how soon you might have your baby by looking at your cervix to check:
  • effacement - the cervix gets thinner as birth gets closer
  • dilation - the cervix begins to open very slowly
The doctors also check baby's position to determine how baby can be delivered.

Make sure you get plenty of rest and don't get too tired weeks before labor begins because labor can start at any time and it requires very hard work. try to exercise each day like walking to stay in good shape. being fit will give you the strength to go through labor. It is also advisable to eat lots of small meals. It's not good to let yourself get too hungry because once labor starts you might not be given a chance to eat until after giving birth.
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Tekkaus said...

Being a mother is very, very damn hard! :(

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