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As an expectant parent, it's important to be aware of the early signs of labour. Knowing what to look out for can help you prepare for the arrival of your little one and ensure that you receive timely medical care when needed.
In this blog, we'll discuss some of the common early signs and symptoms of labour so you can stay informed and feel more confident as your due date approaches.
From the latent phase of labour and contractions to backache, your waters breaking and when to go to hospital with a well-stocked hospital bag, we'll cover everything you need to know to be fully prepared for the big day.
There are a few key indicators that signal that labour is about start, but the truth is, every labour experience is unique.
You may experience some of the symptoms we're going to run through, but this doesn���t necessarily mean that your labour will start immediately.
The early signs of labour typically start in the third trimester between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy.
If this is your first pregnancy, you might be uncertain about when it's time to go to the hospital or midwifery unit. The best thing to do is to get in touch with your hospital or unit for guidance.
If your waters have broken, you'll likely be asked to come in for a check-up. If you're experiencing contractions but your waters haven't broken, you may be advised to wait.
Typically, you'll be asked to come in when your contractions are:
Don't forget to call the hospital or unit before leaving your home and make sure you bring your notes and hospital bag.
If you live far from the hospital, it���s best to leave sooner to make sure you get there in time.
Second babies tend to arrive faster, so you may need to contact the hospital, midwifery unit or midwife sooner.
If you're planning to give birth at home, follow the procedure you've discussed with your midwife regarding the onset of labour, and make sure you're aware of the signs.
True labour is when the contractions are regular, increasing in intensity and frequency, and do not go away with rest or change in position. False labour, on the other hand, is when the contractions are irregular, not increasing in intensity or frequency, and may go away with rest or a change of position.
It's important to monitor the progress of labour and contact a healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions.
|Are regular and become more frequent and longer lasting. Changing positions or doing an activity doesn���t stop them.
|Are unpredictable and don���t become more frequent or last long. Resting may reduce or stop contractions.
|Dilating and softening.
You should seek medical advice if: