Things To Know Before Labour (Pregnancy)

The time of pregnancy is full of excitement and as you come near to your delivery date you become anxious. As you are moving towards the end of the pregnancy, you never know when you will get your labour pain started. So, you must remain prepared and things to know before labour needed for your delivery.

Many of you must wonder about how you will feel during your labour, how much time will it take, and how to know that is it a real pain or a fake alarm. It is a bit complicated to know about these answers because every woman had some difference in the birth process. But here I have mentioned some things which a pregnant woman must do before delivery.

  1. You must pack your maternity bag because at the time of your labour pain your husband might become nervous and he cannot pack the bag properly. So, make a checklist and as early as possible pack your hospital bag according to the checklist.
  2. You must make sure about taking the childbirth classes, where the experts will help you to learn both the breathing as well as the techniques of relaxation. It is very important to do childbirth classes because during pregnancy everyone will keep on advising you about pregnancy. So, by going to the childbirth classes, you will be able to clear all your doubts about the pregnancy. You will be also able to learn about the basics techniques of caring for your child.
  3. Your cervix will start to dilate a few days before your delivery. During the time of your weekly check-up at the time of your pregnancy, your doctor will measure the dilation with the help of an internal exam. But as every pregnancy is different, so do not worry if the dilation is occurring in your very slowly.
  4. During the pregnancy, your body will release the relaxin hormone which will loosen up the ligaments. This will help the pelvis to open up to create a passage for the delivery of the baby.
  5. Just as your uterus muscles relax in preparing for birth, so are your body’s other muscles, including muscles of rectum. This may cause diarrhea, that embarrassing little symptom of labor that you may encounter during pregnancy. It’s quite normal, though irritating; so, remain hydrated.
  6. In the weeks or hours before labour, your child drops a bit lower into your pelvis. This is called lightening because you may find it a little easier to breathe as your baby won’t press your diaphragm anymore. On the other side, you may feel urinating more frequently.
  7. Water breaking is a common sign of labour. Generally occurring up to one day before delivery, when the amniotic sac breaks and releases the fluid present inside it. You might have a gush of water or just a trickle. Notify your doctor or midwife if your water breaks.
  8. During the early contractions, you may feel like period pains, and you may wonder if they’re just more contractions of Braxton Hicks. Sometimes females feel pain in their back and thighs, instead of pain in the stomach. Your tummy will feel difficult during a contraction as your womb’s muscles get tense and work to slowly open your cervix and push out your child. As labor goes on, it will intensify the contractions. After each one, your muscles will relax and the pain will fade.
  9. Some women experience nausea during the time of labour. Also, you may experience loose motion or diarrhea, this happens due to the loosening of the muscles of the rectum.
  10. The mucus near the cervix also starts loosening and starts dilating. It leads to the discharge of the mucus which might be clear or tinged with blood.

At the time of contractions, you must be in a hurry to rush toward the hospital. But you must wait till the contraction become intense. By reading the above content, you will get to know about the symptoms of labour before consulting with your healthcare provider. And if you had registered for stem cell banking then carry the kit box with you and inform your assigned doctor about the collection of the cord blood.

Author Bio: Navya Sharma has been associated with the health industry for a long time. In her leisure, she loves writing articles. Through her articles, you can obtain knowledge on various stem cell preservation, Stem cell banking, cord blood banking.