Childbirth is a long and tiring process. Before entering the stage, you will experience signs of childbirth. Not all women experience the same signs of childbirth.
But to prepare and ready to give birth, you can see some early signs of labor that may occur on your physical and emotional. Usually, these signs occur several weeks or several days before delivery. From a physical point of view, you may feel a change in your body such as:
- Feeling pain in the back, abdominal pain or cramps should be premenstrual periods.
- Difficult to sleep.
- The frequency of urination increased.
A few weeks or hours before delivery, the baby will descend to your pelvis. This condition makes the uterus lean more frequently in the bladder so that the frequency of urination becomes increasingly higher than usual.
- Exit the thick mucus mixed with blood from the vagina.
During pregnancy, your cervix is covered with thick mucus. But when approaching labor, your cervix will dilate and make the mucus path out through the vagina. The color can be clear, pink, or slightly bloody. But bloody mucus is not always the first sign that you will give birth. This mucus can come out also when you have sex during pregnancy or do a vaginal examination.
- Feel the fake contractions.
This contraction is commonly called Braxton Hicks or stiffening of the stomach coming and going. But the firming is not as strong as a real contraction during delivery. Usually, this contraction lasts 30 to 120 seconds. Unlike the actual contractions, Braxton Hicks contractions can disappear as you move or relax. This contraction will be felt before you experience a real contraction. Another contraction of this contrast with a real contraction, Braxton Hicks contraction is only felt in the abdomen or pelvis, while the actual contraction is felt at the bottom of the back and then move to the front of the abdomen.
- Changes in the cervix.
The tissue on your cervix will soften or become elastic. If you’ve given birth, your cervix will be more easily enlarged about one or two centimeters before labor begins. But if you are experiencing these first few moments, opening a cervix of one centimeter cannot be a guarantee you will soon give birth.
- The water ruptures. T
he most common birth sign known to most people is the rupture of amniotic fluid. Most women first feel the contractions before the water ruptures, but there is also a start with rupture of membranes. When this happens, labor usually follows immediately. But the danger is if the water is broken, but you also do not experience contractions, then your baby will be more susceptible to infection. That’s because the fluid that always protects the baby from germs while in the womb has been exhausted. If this happens, the induction process will be done for your baby’s safety. If you have experienced ruptured membranes, rush to the hospital. Usually, labor will occur about 24 hours after membranes rupture.
While in terms of emotional, you can feel easily angry or moody properly premenstrual periods.