Early Signs That Labor is Coming Soon

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Early Signs that Labor is coming soon

Pregnancy completes a woman and its final culmination in the delivery of a child brings immense happiness and satisfaction.  It feels like a rebirth for a woman. This is because things are not completely known. If all goes normal a woman delivers after 40 weeks from the first date of her last menstrual cycle. This period is only an approximation. Delivery could happen, in many cases earlier than the expected date of delivery. Therefore, it is very important to know the early signs that labor is coming soon.

In this article, you come across the causes of premature delivery. We also provide you with information on signs of upcoming labor to look out for. Once you see these signs, it is good to call the doctor and check it out or directly go to the hospital for labor.

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List of Top 5 Early Signs That Labor is Near

Women in the third trimester eagerly await the arrival of the baby into this world. For this, they are always on the lookout for early signs which may signify that they are in labor. Some of these are:

1. Breaking of Water

This happens when the amniotic sac tears and the fluid comes out. This is the fluid around the baby. It usually trickles or in some cases might just gush out through the vagina. This is one of the most common signs of the onset of labor as you will have no control over this gushing liquid.

2. Regular Contractions

frequent contraction

This will feel like pain during a menstrual cycle. The contractions will usually be 20 to 30 minutes apart. It will be lower back pain and could move from the back to the front or reverse. It is good to note how long these contractions last and what is the gap between two contractions.

Initially, these will be irregular and become regular as labor progresses. Usually, if contractions happen once every 3 to 5 minutes and last for a full minute, it means that you are in labor. Also, if the contractions are longer, stronger, or do not stop or slow down, these indicate the onset of labor.

3. Vaginal Discharge

Discharge from the vagina also indicates the onset of labor, This will be thick and jellylike and will be pink or brown in color. This happens when the cervix dilates. Some women notice this specifically though in others it may be accompanied by water breaking, so will go unnoticed.

4. Shivering

Some women shiver and tremble during early labor. You can take care of this with deep breathing exercises or a warm shower. When the baby drops lower into your pelvis and you can breathe a little easier, it could be the start of labor.

5. Diarrhea

In many cases, the woman will have diarrhea during the start of labor. This is because the body naturally makes way for the baby by emptying the bowels. Also, the body produces a hormone called prostaglandins which soften the cervix and dilate it. This hormone helps the uterus to contract. But it also stimulates the bowels, thus causing the passing of stools or diarrhea.

[Read : What Is Premature Delivery?]

Premature Delivery

Premature Delivery

As the term already signifies, it is the state of the body getting ready early for delivery and having contractions earlier than 37 weeks of pregnancy. Usually, the longer the baby is inside the mother, the more chances it has of not having any birth problems. So preterm labor brings with it the risk of birth problems.

Causes of Premature Delivery

There are a number of reasons why babies are born premature. These are:

  • Smoking or drinking alcohol.
  • Being underweight or overweight before pregnancy.
  • Having high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • Being pregnant with twins or triplets.
  • Becoming pregnant again very soon after a previous delivery.
  • Having a family history of premature delivery.
  • Not getting good prenatal care.

Symptoms of Preterm Labor

Premature delivery does not mean that the baby won’t survive. It is just that it would not have developed like a full-term baby. But it is good to recognize the symptoms of preterm labor. These are:

  • Severe pain in the lower back that will not allow any work to be done comfortably. It might be a recurring pain.
  • Painful contractions once every ten minutes.
  • Menstrual-like cramps and pain in the abdominal region.
  • Vaginal leaking. There could be fluid or discharge coming out of the vagina.
  • Situations where there is continuous nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Bleeding from the vagina whether light or heavy.
  • Pressure in the pelvic region or vagina.

When the baby has been in a mother’s body for 40 weeks it is called a term baby. If born earlier than 37 weeks, it is called a premature baby. Premature babies need additional care and eventually grow normally in most cases. It is important for women in the last few weeks of pregnancy to keep an eye out for any signs of labor.

Read Also: Labor And What It Involves


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