It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when early symptoms of labor starts as it is a sequence of events, a process, rather than a single or sudden event. It is the accumulation of various changes that take place in your body all aimed at aiding you through the process of giving birth. Every body is different and how you feel will depend on a number of factors such as whether or not you have given birth before, how prepared you are for birth and your individual response to pain.
During pregnancy, there is a mucous plug which blocks your service to protect your baby from infection. During the initial stages of labor, this is expelled. You may get increasing amounts of discharge as time progresses which may have pink or brown streaks in it. Report an vaginal bleeding to your health care provider.
You may have low back pain in the early stages which comes and goes.
As your baby moves into position for birth, called engagement, his head will press down twoards your cervix increasing the pressure on your bladder. This increased pressure may cause you to urinate more frequently, but may also make it easier for you to breathe and lessen any heartburn you may have been experiencing.
Nausea, diarrhea and indigestion
As you get closer to giving birth, you may experience any of these with increasing frequency. This is your bodies way of dealing with the process.
The amniotic membrane that protects your baby in your womb will break when you are close to labor. This usually happens quite late in the process, but can occur a number of hours before labor actually begins. You may lose trickles of water over time, or you may suddenly experience lose what feels like a gush of fluid. If you are not with your health care provider, try to keep a note of the quantity of fluid and its color.
Braxton Hicks contractions are practice contractions that occur at various stages in your pregnancy. You will know when your body is close to labor when the contractions are closer together, occur at regular intervals and increase in intensity.
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