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Signs of Labor

5 Signs Of Labor

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After 9 long months and much anticipation, the big day will arrive at any moment!  If you are not sure what the signs are labor are, here are 5 common signs of labor!  According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the following symptoms indicate the onset of labor.

Every woman's is different when it comes to signs of labor. Some pregnant women experience many signs while others have no idea they are in labor until they begin experiencing hard contractions.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the following symptoms indicate the onset of labor:

Bloody show: You notice a pink stain on your underwear or toilet tissue. This indicates that you lost the mucus plug.

Rupture of membranes: You feel fluid gush or trickle from your vagina, indicating that the bag of water containing your baby has ruptured.

Regular contractions that intensify: You feel contractions that are frequent and increasingly painful. They don't go away but instead intensify with physical activity.

Pain in lower back: You feel a regular and intense pain in your lower back that radiates to your lower abdomen and sometimes even to your legs.

Cramps that feel like intestinal upset: You feel cramping that seems like the onset of diarrhea, and you may actually experience diarrhea.

If you are not not sure if you are in labor, call your doctor and discuss your symptoms. If you feel that you are definitely in labor, call your doctor and ask her for instructions or to meet you at the hospital.

Important note: Don't insert tampons, take a tub bath, or have intercourse after the rupture of membranes. If the fluid from the rupture is tinted green, brown, or gold, contact your doctor immediately. This is a possible sign of fetal distress.

Source: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

 


 
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