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Top 10 Signs of Labour

labour_signsTum2Mom has put together a list of the top 10 signs to help you figure out if this is just another random pregnancy symptom or the real deal.

Chances are if you are in your 38th week or more of pregnancy and if your bump has dropped down, that you had had an urge to bake or scrub or wash all baby's clothes again, that you are experiencing period cramp like pains, and/or pain in your lower back, pelvic pressure, runny stools, a bloody show and contractions, then yes, you are in labour.

In the movies, babies are born in record time with a mad rush to the hospital. In reality, giving birth (vaginally) is a rather lengthy process, especially if this is your first baby.
Baby Bump Dropped
One of the signs that your body is preparing for labour is the position of your bump. Your bump will drop down as your baby descends into the pelvis. Some people may even comment that your bump has dropped.
You may have a strong urge to clean, bake, re-pack or re-wash baby's clothes. This is referred to as nesting and it often intensifies just before labour begins.
Pelvic Pressure
Because baby has dropped you may feel more pressure on your pelvis, as babies head is moving into the correct position for labour.
You may experience period like cramps, and have pain in your legs as baby's head pushes on your nerve endings.
Back Ache
Back ache in the lower quadrant is a sign that labour is imminent or has even begun.
Mucous plug and bloody show
Labour usually begins 72 hours after a bloody show. Towards the end of you pregnancy you may notice a mucous discharge that is pinkish in colour. This is referred to as a bloody show and it indicates that the mucous plug has detached in preparation for the birth of your baby.
Runny Tummy
This is nature's way of making sure that there is enough room for baby to move through the birth canal.
Water breaking
If your water has broken, in a gush or a trickle, phone your Dr or Midwife right away or proceed to the hospital. Most doctors will induce labour if your water has broken and labour has not commenced within 24 hours. This is done in order to prevent possible infections and complications. 10 to 15% of labours start with the waters breaking before the contractions begin.
Your Braxton Hicks contractions will increase towards the end of pregnancy. Your contractions will increase in strength, duration and frequency once you are in labour. Make your way to the hospital if your contractions are coming in regular intervals.
Once you are in labour your cervix will start to dilate and thin. You need to be 10 cm's dilated before giving birth.
These top 10 signs of labour are guidelines only. If you are unsure, don't hesitate to phone your Doctor or Midwife.