The frequent painful uterine contractions are so similar even a month before the true labour that it may cause the pregnant woman multiple visits to the doctor.
With a first pregnancy,
women, can’t determine if it is time to go for delivery or is it just the
beginning. The frequent painful uterine contractions are so similar even a
month before the true labour that it may cause the pregnant woman multiple
visits to the doctor and usually she is asked by the doctor to come next week
and so on because you are not due yet.
A few indications that
may help a pregnant woman detect that she is in labour and therefore, must the
doctor right away. Your baby might be just a few minutes away from you.
Knowledge of the onset of labour helps the pregnant woman tolerate pain as it
would be managed timely by the nurses and doctors by the time she reaches there and this
knowledge also prevents the baby from any complications that may be caused if
the woman’s arrival to the doctor’s office gets delayed due to some reason.
month before the expected date of delivery the painful uterine
contractions are experienced by the woman very frequently to gear up her body
and for the baby to get ready for a quick and hard-driven new world. That means
that the uterine contractions push and fix the baby’s head into the pelvic
area where normally it should be and releases pressure from the abdomen
termed as 'Lightening'.
Uterine contractions also help in relaxing the pelvis
therefore the baby's head gets more space for its attachment to the mother's pelvis.
This process might cause constipation, urinary frequency and increased vaginal
#1 Uterine Contractions
In true labour, painful
uterine contractions are frequent and rhythmic in nature or it may progress
from slow sluggish contraction to strong painful
contractions. The contractions may be similar to the early false
labour. You may not be able to distinguish between true and false
contractions, only based on these contractions.
#2 Bloody show
When a woman undergoes
this painful condition, she may experience a discharge which consists
of mucus mixed with blood. This is due to cervical dilatation and
effacement. The blood comes from the minor lacerations in the cervical mucosa. This
mixed mucus and blood discharge is known as 'bloody show' and indicates that
soon water will break and gives an indication that the woman has
entered the first stage of labour.
However, breaking of water may give
rise to the risk of infection that may affect both the baby's and mother's
health. The gynaecologist may run some blood tests on you and put you
on some medications probably antibiotics to prevent any complications that may
harm the baby and the mother.
#3 Dilatation of cervix
Transition to labour
is gradual but with cervical dilatation of at least 2 cm, we can say that
labour has begun along with regular and frequent uterine contractions.
Normally for the
delivery of the baby’s head, the required cervical dilatation is around 10
cm, which may take longer, around 8 hours in women during their first
pregnancy, whereas it may take less time i.e. about 5-6 hours in women
with more than one kids. Cervical, dilatation most of the time is regarded as a
clue of the duration of labour which may vary accordingly.
False labour is
when a pregnant woman, who, upon getting close to her due date may experience
painful contractions which are as strong as in true labour but no progress
in labour is seen, such as cervical dilatation, regular intervals and frequent
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