Sometimes, labor signs can be very confusing. The onset of it should be the most anticipated event of pregnancy. Many pregnant women, especially first time mothers, are not that well knowledgeable about the whole course of pregnancy. Different emotions may arise. Some women may fear and may become very anxious because they do not know what to expect. Well, this article might be very helpful as it provides the basic signs of labor:
1. Water breaks – During pregnancy, a water-filled amniotic sac surrounds the baby before birth. You might see it as a warning sign that you are already on active labor because this sac ruptures and fluid starts to leak from your vagina. Some women may experience sudden burst or slightly leaking of this fluid. This should automatically prompt you to call a doctor and better head on to the hospital. When water breaks, delivery of the baby usually follow that soon.
2. Opening of the cervix – Another basic sign of labor is the opening of your cervix. Your cervix begins to open or dilate when the delivery is near. You may not know the status of your cervix’s measurement because a health care provider or a doctor should be the one to examine this. You can have it checked once you feel intense and continuous contractions or pain. Dilatation measures from zero up to ten. Some women may experience very slow cervical changes and some may experience faster cervical changes. It actually depends. When you are on active labor, the dilatation might progress even more.
3. Contractions – Contractions are one of the basic signs of labor. These are painful feelings ranging from your abdomen and radiating to your back. Women may have contractions all throughout the labor and delivery. As labor progresses, contractions also begin to intensify, become more frequent and more painful until the baby is delivered.
Do not just ignore any single sign. You might just take these signs for granted and might put yourself at risk in too much danger. You should be keen and watchful of the basic signs of labor so as to give birth safely and carefully.