Signs Of Labor And Knowing If You’re About To Have Your Baby

by | August 31, 2018

Is it go time, or have you just peed yourself.. again. Towards the end of pregnancy, every twinge and discomfort leaves you panicking if you should grab the hospital bag, or hang out and continue watching the Handmaid Tales. These signs of labor, some obvious and some a little sneakier should keep you in the know.

Your Water Breaks

While this is a no-brainer, your water breaking isn’t always one of the signs of labor and that you’re about to have that baby, and need to rush to the hospital, Blues Brother style before you’re on the nightly news for having your baby on the highway. Women in the Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting chat group,  have reported cooking dinner, having a bath,  and even going to watch a movie before heading to the labor ward.

Time your contractions when your water breaks and use that as an indicator of how close you are to going into active labor. Of course, if you have a history of going from ‘zero to hero’ in under an hour. It might be a good idea to drive over there and get comfortable, especially if you want an epidural before the window of time has passed to get one.

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Exercise can shorten labor, signs of labor
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Contractions 

While we may not always know if they are the real deal, especially if this is your first child and many women are fooled by practice contractions—known as Braxton Hicks—in the last few weeks of pregnancy. So how do you tell those from the real signs of labor?  When the ‘real’ contractions start, you’ll just know. Start timing them, and if they intensify and are getting on a more regular time schedule. It may be time to head to the hospital or call your midwife.

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Backpain

A lot of women have back-pain throughout their entire pregnancy, so it may be no surprise if you’re sitting on the couch and you suddenly feel it intensify. However, when you’re experiencing ‘back labor’, that pain really ups the ante. 1/3 of women experience back labor, when the baby descends the birth canal with their face against your spine, which causes a lot of back pain and a sure sign that they are on their way.

Vomiting or diarrhea

At the start of laboring, you will release a hormone-like substance that helps the uterus to contract to push the baby out. This helps soften the cervix, and also stimulates the bowels, causing you to have frequent trips to the bathroom. While one of the more unpleasant and less talked about signs of labor, it’s a sure one. 

How did your labor start? Let us know in the comments! 

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