Is your due date around the corner? You may feel a growing sense of anxiety about labor. How will labor feel? Most women think that their water will break. But, contrary to popular opinion, that is not the only sign of labor.
In fact, there is no clear-cut answer as birthing experience varies from one woman to another. But, there are some obvious and subtle signs that can indicate your baby is on the way. From contractions to backache, here are common signs you need to look out for:
# 1: Your baby drops
When your baby descends in your pelvis, they are ready to come out. This typically happens some weeks before labor starts.
While you may feel more pressure on your pelvis and bladder, there will be less pressure on your diaphragm. This will make it easier for you to breathe. Keep in mind, excessive pressure on the pelvis and bladder means frequent bathroom visits.
# 2: Intense, strong, consistent contractions
This is the most obvious sign of labor. However, it’s not life-threatening or as painful as shown in movies. Pain is subjective. Every woman has a different pain threshold. Some experience intense, painful contractions, others have a different experience. Generally speaking, it will feel a lot like menstrual cramps or stomach tightening.
# 3: Your cervix changes
Just a few weeks before delivery, your cervix will start to transform. In most cases, it tends to soften or expand.
# 4: You have a low backache
Severe lower backache means the baby is changing its position for labor. In other words, it could be the start of your contractions.
# 5: You have diarrhea or nausea
If you are vomiting or having frequent loose stools, then it could be a sign of labor. This usually happens at the start of labor and can be attributed to the hormones that make the uterus contract.
Avoid sugary drinks, caffeine and increase your water consumption to cope with diarrhea or nausea.
Remember, labor is not always painful. Various factors such as position of the baby, medication and excessive stress can anxiety can make it painful. To prepare yourself for a safe, relaxing and natural childbirth, sign up for Hypnobirthing.
Hypnobirthing teaches moms-to-be breathing and relaxation techniques in order to control stress and relax during childbirth. It’s the answer to an easier, quicker, natural and often pain free childbirth, without the need of medical intervention. Hypnobirthing is suitable for healthy women who don’t have any serious medical or pregnancy issues. Find out more information about our Hypnobirthing classes online here.