Signs of labor: how to tell when it’s starting

You are still unsure when your baby will come? If you notice the following signs of birth, it will be soon.

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When the birth begins? Signs, contractions& Co. shortly before the birth

Anticipation and excitement before the birth: the baby is coming soon

"Soon you will finally be here!" – of the due date approaching, but the baby actually arrives on the expected due date?

How reliable is the birth date?

Keep in mind that the calculated due date is only a statistical value based on experience.

According to statistics from the Swiss Federal Office, contractions only come in about four percent of children actually on that day to the world. Two thirds of babies are born in the 10 days before and after the due date. Ultimately, no one can predict exactly when the baby will actually come. Don’t stress too much about it- Your baby will be born when the time comes.

Since this date is very flexible, it helps to know the signs for birth. This will give you a sense of security and may help you to feel at least a little more relaxed about the upcoming birth.

Signs: Not all contractions are the same

Easily confused with signs of labor: preterm labor contractions

Whether they are preterm labor or labor pains is often difficult to distinguish. However, preterm contractions are much more irregular and weaker than real contractions.

Preterm labor: the "training" for your uterus before birth

In the last third of your pregnancy, the so-called Preterm labor a. If this is not your first birth the preterm labor can already start in the first few weeks from the 20. Week of pregnancy occur. They are also called training contractions, low contractions, or wild contractions. These contractions prepare your uterus for the real labor pains. The closer you get to your due date, the more frequent and stronger these may be.

  • The preterm contractions are more sweak, irregular and last no longer than 30 seconds.
  • You enter maximum 3 times per hour on.
  • The abdomen becomes hard, you feel a Pulling from the back to the legs.

Signs of birth or not? If you are unsure, do the bathtub test

Let yourself be relaxing bath a. Labor pains are not alleviated by the water, but rather intensified? Then this is a sign of real labor pains.

Signs of the beginning of labor: Birth pangs – Here we go!

Real contractions let at Sitting down or Do not change position after. Instead, they become more regular and intense. In contrast to preterm labor, real labor pains tend to start in the lower back and not in the abdomen.

If you suspect that the baby is on the way, start counting contractions. If the contractions longer than 20 to 60 seconds on and they occur over an hour every five to seven minutes at? The pain increases continuously?

Then this is a sign of the upcoming birth. Make your way to the hospital now or contact your gynecologist or midwife.

Other signs of birth: discharge, rupture of the membranes& more

Other signs of childbirth: bloody discharge

During your pregnancy, a plug of mucus will form that will block your uterus from pathogens protects. It prevents germs from traveling up the uterus. If the birth is imminent, the cervix will open the consequence: The mucus plug breaks loose and comes off. Here one speaks of the so-called "Drawing". This can be Ten to twelve days before labor starts occur. However, as a rule, the mucus plug goes only one or two days before the onset of labor from. This is often interspersed with blood, but this is completely normal.

My mucus plug has come loose- do i have to go to the hospital now?
No, this depends on your contractions. The "drawing" is just an indication that they will start soon.

I have no mucus, but I am already having contractions what to do now?
Not every woman notices the discharge of the mucus plug. Therefore, do not rely on this sign of impending birth to occur. If your contractions have already started, contact your gynecologist or midwife.

Signs of birth: The rupture of the membranes – now it’s happening!

You can recognize the rupture of the membranes by the fact that a clear fluid leaks from the vagina. If the fluid is green or brown, the baby has already excreted faeces into the amniotic fluid.

The fluid that comes out can both go out in a gush or flow out only slowly. The latter occurs when the amniotic sac breaks at a higher point and your baby’s head slows down the outflow. The rupture of the membranes can occur together with the onset of labor, sometimes, however even in front of it. This is called premature rupture of membranes.

If the bubble bursts, the baby’s heartbeat should be monitored as soon as possible because the protective amniotic fluid is missing. No matter if it’s ahead of time or together with labor- Your baby is on its way! The Birth is now imminent. Contact your doctor, the hospital or the midwife.

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