Sunday 27 April 2008

Signs of labour

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Any sign of labour before 36 weeks shouldn't be taken lightly, contact your doctor right away! contractions and rupture of membranes are the signs of labour, which occur when the muscles of the uterus tighten and relax as the uterus prepares for delivery.

False Labor Contractions and what you should do:
You will feel a tightening in the abdomen that comes and goes. But these type of contractions don't get closer. Don't increase while walking and don't increase with time. They are not strong like when in labour. Just try to relax yourself to some warm milk and if you experience much more than just a light contraction, don't hesitate to call your doctor.

True Labor Contractions and what to do:
This type of contraction will occur at regular times and last 30-60 seconds. Contractions get closer together and more painful every 15 minutes. May be felt in the lower back and lower abdomen. Continue or increase with walking. Don't waste time, call your doctor or get ready to go to the hospital for the birth.

What you should do, if you think labours on the way:
Rest on your left side. Don't eat heavy food, light food is advised. Time your contractions. note: every women is different and each one can have a difference in time. Call your doctor, clinic or hospital when contractions are 5 minutes apart for 2 hours for the first pregnancy, 5 minutes apart for 1 hours apart, for others. You might be at home or in the hospital, where someone can monitor you. Always call your doctor if you have any doubts.

Rupture of Membranes Rupture of membranes, called water break, is the trickle or gush of fluid from the vagina after the bag of fluid around the baby breaks. The fluid is often clear, but it may be white or green. The bag of water can break at any time. It may break before you feel any contractions and may leak during a contraction.
What to do : If you think your water has broken, call your doctor and go to the hospital. Do not take a bath or put anything into your vagina. You may wear a pad. Again, Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

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Your baby's on the way! happy delivery:)