You’ve eagerly anticipated the birth of your baby, but the early signs of labor can often be confusing.
We’ve provided the following suggestions to help you recognize labor.
- Backache -- These aches may come and go for a few days before or along with other signs of labor.
- Frequent soft bowel movements
- Loss of mucus plug -- Your mucus plug may loosen and be released in late pregnancy as the cervix begins to thin (efface).
- Menstrual-like cramps -- These cramps may be intermittent or constant.
- Nesting urge -- This is a sudden need to make your home ready for the baby.
- Contractions -- Labor contractions are regular (every 5-10 minutes for 1 hour) and are strong enough to keep you from walking or talking. These should only last 60-70 seconds. While you are resting, either seated or lying down, time your contractions from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next.
- Bloody show -- This is a small amount of bleeding from the vagina.
- Rupture of membranes -- This might be a large gush or small leak that continues to trickle from the vagina.
If you have any of these signs, notify your physician or call our Labor & Delivery department at 918-274-5400 and talk to one of our nurses.
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Sharp abdominal pain that does not subside
- Fever (over 100 degrees)
- Smelly vaginal discharge
- Painful urination
- Bad headache
- Excessive swelling
- Baby moves less than usual
If you experience any of these symptoms, please call your physician immediately.