Sign of labour?

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  1. jo jo

    jo jo Well-Known Member

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    HI

    For the last few days i have been having period type cramps at the bottom of my stomach. is this a sign that labour will start soon?
     
  2. Yvonne

    Yvonne Well-Known Member

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    ooh it could be, i posted something the other day about period pains.

    When you have a period you get the period pains cos the cervix opens to let the blood out of your womb, that's what the pain is- your cervix softening and dilating, so when they say that you get period pains when things are getting ready or you are in first stages of labour it's also because your cervix is softening and/ or dilating.

    You could be getting ready for labour :D

    I hope all that jargon made sense :?
     
  3. jo jo

    jo jo Well-Known Member

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    i really hope so im so uncomfortable now the baby is head down.

    Little feet under my ribs and all sorts
     
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    Yvonne Well-Known Member

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    I know the feeling!!

    My baby's head isn't even engaging yet! Great :roll:
     
  5. Sarah&Braydon

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    braydons head did engage till i was in labour
     
  6. jo jo

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    At my last midwife apointment the baby was 3/5 engaged. I think that means that part of the head is engaged. I just hope i dont go over my date.
     
  7. Rachael

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    Hiya Jo Jo

    The pains sound good to me! - I had preiod pains from the Thursday, then had Ky on the Sunday (I also had three days of the trots! :? ) - So I sould imagine you are not too far away from having your little bubs! - Fingers crossed, anyway!

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  8. Layla

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    I made a thread on this a while ago, i have just dug it out for you....

    Saw this on the net while surfing and thougt it might come in useful here....

    Labor can occur at anytime towards the end of the third trimester. Knowing what type of labor you are experiencing can be confusing to a lot of soon to be mothers. Some moms have an instinct and know exactly when their baby is arriving. This tends to be especially true of mothers that have had babies before. For new moms, this is all new and unexpected. So, just what can you expect towards the end of your pregnancy?


    Pre-labor



    Pre-labor is the symptoms you experience as your body is preparing itself for your baby's arrival. A lot of the signs can be confused with true labor. Towards the end of your pregnancy you will notice these changes:


    * Increase in pressure on the pelvis

    * Change in energy (either decreased or increased)

    * Vaginal discharge

    * Loss of mucous plug

    * Braxton Hicks contractions

    * Engagement of the baby into the pelvis


    All of the above can occur up to 4 to 6 weeks before the actual onset of labor.


    False Labor


    Labor can occur at anytime of the day, but it is known that a lot of labors occur at night due to an increased amount of a hormone the body produces while you sleep. However, false labor can occur at night as well and can be easily confused with true labor. Some signs that you are not in true labor are:


    * Contractions are irregular and are not especially painful.

    * Pain may be in the lower abdomen and not in the back.

    * Contractions (Braxton Hicks) go away when you change position.


    These signs can seem like labor is about to begin, but it's not. That is not to say that true labor cannot begin at any time.


    True Labor


    When true labor begins, it is recommended that you put into order your prearranged plan of action. You should have your doctor's number handy as well as arrangements for who will take you to the hospital, etc.


    The signs of true labor are :


    * Pain. You will notice pain in the lower back area radiating towards the front of your abdomen and sometimes into your legs.

    * Contractions intensify and become regular. Pain doesn't cease with a position change. Start timing your contractions to indicate the amount of time in between contractions. This information will prove very useful to your doctor or practitioner on when your baby may be arriving. To time contractions, measure the time elapsed from the start of one contraction to the start of another.

    * Bloody show. This indicates that mucous plug has detached and you will produce a bloody discharge.

    * Your water may break. For some, this happens as labor begins, for others the doctor may have the honors. You should know that after the water breaks, your contractions will probably become more intense and painful.

    * Diarrhea. Sometimes women experience an urgent need to go to the bathroom when labor begins. Most experience diarrhea and some feel like they have to go, but can't. Both are signs of true labor.


    Please know that labor is different for each woman. A good rule of thumb is if you are in doubt, call your doctor or practitioner.
     
  9. jo jo

    jo jo Well-Known Member

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    thanks for that
     

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