Since you all are locked down just like me and also, since labour always comes announced, you really need to know the symptoms of it. I am writing this for your awareness and at times, just like period, Labour can give you a lot of false alarms.
So let’s talk about the signs of Labour.
First, let’s start with - What is labour?
Labour is the process of childbirth, starting with contractions of the uterus and ending with the delivery of the baby and if you are expecting a child then you might be finding answers that how would a labour feel. So just look for these following signs.
- Baby drops - If you’re expecting for the first time then your baby will typically start to drop, or descend into your pelvis, a few weeks before labour begins (usually around two to four weeks before, but it can vary).
- Cervix dilates - Your cervix, too, is starting to prepare for birth: It starts to dilate (open) and efface (thin out) in the days or weeks before you deliver.
- Cramps and increased back pain - Especially if this is not your first pregnancy, you may feel some crampiness and pain in your lower back and groin as labour nears. Your muscles and joints are stretching and shifting in preparation for birth.
- Loose-feeling joints - Before you go into labour, you may notice that the joints all over your body feel a bit less tight and more relaxed. It’s just nature’s way of opening up your pelvis for your little passenger to make his way into the world.
- Diarrhea - Just as the muscles in your uterus are relaxing in preparation for birth, so too are other muscles in your body — including those in the rectum. And that can lead to diarrhea, that pesky labour symptom you may well have experienced at other times during pregnancy.
- Weight gain stops - Weight gain often levels off at the very end of pregnancy. Some moms-to-be even lose a couple of pounds.
- Fatigue and "nesting instinct" - Even though it’s the final trimester, but it would definitely feel like your first. That huge belly, along with your compressed bladder and other organs, can make it problematic to get a good night’s sleep during the last days and weeks of pregnancy.
- Vaginal discharge changes colour and consistency - You may also observe the loss of your mucous plug — the hard sealing off your uterus from the outside world. It can come out in one large piece or lots of little ones, though you may not get a hint of it at all and some women don't lose it before delivery.
- Stronger, more frequent contractions - Contractions are an early sign of active labour — except when they aren’t. You can experience Braxton Hicks contractions (or "practise contractions") for weeks and even months before delivery.
- Water breaks - Well, this one is huge and iconic. Your water breaking is actually one of the ultimate signs of labour most women experience — and it occurs in only around 15 per cent of births or fewer. So don’t count on this one, a sure shot sign of labour.
That’s all folks!