It is the event you have been waiting for happy for months: the birth of the baby! Many future moms are excited and at the same time, worried, what are the signs announcing the birth? When it will happen? What will they feel? How long will it take? How will I know it's time? It is difficult to anticipate the answers to the first three questions, because each birth is different. But for the fourth question, there are serious studies that can help you.
Here are the signs that give you news that you will be born soon:
1. The child "goes down"
A few weeks before labor starts, your baby will begin to lower into the pelvis. The child sits in the position where he makes his exit: with his head down. You may return to frequent bath breaks, as you did in the first trimester, as the baby's head pushes down the bladder. But the good news is that you have more room for breathing, because the baby is moving away from the lungs.
2. The cervix is dilated
The cervix begins to prepare for birth: it begins to dilate and thin in the days or weeks before birth. At weekly checks, your doctor can measure and monitor the dilation through an internal examination. Each task evolves differently, so don't be discouraged if you slow down slowly (or at all).
3. You have more cramps and back pain
Especially if this is not your first task, you may feel some cramps and pain in the lower and lower back area as the birth approaches. The muscles and joints stretch and change in preparation for birth.
4. The joints feel weaker
Throughout pregnancy, the hormone relaxin has caused all the ligaments to soften and weaken. Before going into labor, you may notice that your joints feel less relaxed. Relax! It is only the nature's way to open the briefcase so that your little passenger can come to the world.
5. Diarrheal episodes appear
Just as the uterus muscles relax in preparation for birth, so do other muscles in your body, including those in the rectum. This can lead to bowel movements. Although annoying, this is normal. Stay hydrated and remember it's a good sign!
6. You feel extremely tired
Wait a minute, is it the third quarter or the first? Between active bladder and exhaustion, sometimes you may feel as if you have traveled back in time. This very large belly now, along with the bladder, can make it difficult (even impossible) to get a good sleep in the last days and weeks of pregnancy.
7. Vaginal discharge changes its color and consistency
In the last days before labor you will see an enlarged and / or thickened vaginal discharge. You may also notice the loss of the mucous plug, which separates the uterus from the outside. It may appear in a large piece (it looks like the mucosa you have in the nose, but with weak blood streaks). This thick, pink discharge is also called the "bloody show" and is a good indication that the birth is imminent (although without contractions or dilation of three to four centimeters, it could still be several days away).
8. Feel stronger and more frequent contractions
Contractions are an early sign of birth, unless they are. You can see Braxton-Hicks contractions weeks and even months before birth. You will feel their pressure because the uterus muscles are tightening, preparing for their big moment (pushing the baby out).
9. You break the water
It is one of the final signs of birth that most women notice. It happens in less than 15% of births, so don't rely on it as your only sign of birth. You still feel like you won't know when to announce "It's time!" and get ready to meet your child? Try not to focus so hard on this. You will frequently go to the checkup, and your doctor will help you find all the important signs.
*** Article written by Dr. Silviu Istoc, chief obstetrician-gynecologist at the Medicover Hospital, within the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery and at the ProVita Clinic. You can read more details on www.dristoc.ro and on the Facebook page.
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