What is labor?
Labor is the process of childbirth, starting with contractions of the ut*erus and ending with the delivery of the baby.
1. The baby drops
This occurs when the baby’s head descends deeper into the pelvis. For some women this occurs up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of labor but dropping time becomes harder to predict with every successive baby.
2. An increased urge to u-rinate
When baby’s head dropping occurs it puts more pressure on u-rinary bladder. Woman’s whose labor is near may feel frequent need to u-rinate.
3. The mucus Plug passes
During pregnancy, the cervix (the entrance to the ut*erus) becomes blocked with mucus to help protect the developing baby. It may come away all in one piece or in small pieces that you don’t even notice. It may appear as what is called bl-oody show—pink, brown or red
4. Back pain
You may feel pain in your lower back as when your labor nears. When labor is 24 to 48 hours away, pain might worsen in the lower back. It is may be due to hormone changes, baby’s added weight etc
5. Water br-eaks
Water br-eaking is the sign of going into labor is near. It occurs when aminiotic sac ruptures. This aminiotic fluid is colourless and odourless and it is very difficult to distinguish from u-rine.
6. Weight loss
Pregnancy weight gain often levels off at the very end. Some mom to even lose couple of kilos. The reason behind weight loss is dropping due to lower levels of amniotic fluid, frequent u-rination.
7. Loosening of joints
When labor is near most of joints in women body’ parts are relaxed and feel a bit less light. This is due to a hormone called relaxin.
It occurs when ut-erus are relaxing in preparation for birth. It can also be due to hormones and diet changes made to give her baby the nutrients they need.
9. Fatigue and a “Nesting Instinct”
A desire to get the house ready for a baby.
Some women feel tiredness while some feel more energy towards the end of pregnancy.
Stevie Ellis – Thank you very much.. Right now im on my 36 weeks.. Hoping to deliver the baby normally
Jamie – I have ten children and have had one of everything- the last 6 all natural due to bad experience with an epi. Walk, move, shower, one good coach( not necessarily your husband!) ask for oxygen during pushing if you’re lightheaded or tend to faint. W/out epi pushing is spontaneous. Most of all have faith in the amazing design of your body. Babies are worth every minute. God bless
Linda – First time mothers can really benefit from watching this. There are times when you’re not sure if you are going into labor, and watching this can prepare you for what to expect and when to look for the signs that your baby is coming.
Alice – i actually had a male with my last baby, and he was the sweetest, kindest, and most gentle man, besides my hubby. I was so grateful! He actually listened to me and I loved him soooo much!
Correana – I’m 22 wks pregnant with my 2nd baby now and I had an induced labor with my 1st baby at 39 wks and I have to say I was blessed because it went really well.
I was already 3 cm when I went in and I’m not saying it wasn’t painful b/c it was but I got an epidural but refused pain meds such as demoral for my own reasons. I’m looking forward to going into labor on my own this time though a little nervous but excited also.