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Signs that birth is approaching

Birth is a miraculous event that marks the beginning of a new life. Expectant mothers experience a number of physical and mental changes during pregnancy, and as the birth approaches, the body can give certain signals that tell us that the big day is approaching. It is important to pay attention to these symptoms as they can help you understand if you are about to enter the labor phase. Here we will take a closer look at some of the most common symptoms of childbirth. 

  1. Regular contractions, contractions: One of the most obvious signs that labor is in progress is regular contractions. These contractions are different from the usual Braxton Hicks contractions or contractions as they are more intense, last longer and follow a pattern. You may notice that the contractions begin to occur more regularly and gradually become more frequent and more intense over time.

  2. The mucus plug falls out : The mucus plug is a gel-like substance that closes the cervix during pregnancy. It is there to protect the fetus from infections. Some women find that they lose their mucus plug in the hours, days or weeks before giving birth. This may look like a lump of mucus or a thick discharge that may be bloody or brownish. This happens when the cervix begins to prepare to open. |

  3. The water breaks: Water break, also known as "water breaking", is when the fetus's protective membranes rupture, and the amniotic fluid leaks out. This can occur as a large leak or as a continuous drop or stream of liquid. Water loss can occur before or during birth, and it is important to contact a healthcare professional for guidance if this occurs.

  4. Back pain and pelvic pressure: As childbirth approaches, many women may experience increased back pain and pressure in the pelvic area. This is because the baby's head moves down into the pelvis and puts pressure on the back and pelvis. Some women may also experience pain or discomfort in the hips and legs.

  5. Increased fatigue and low energy levels: Towards the end of pregnancy, many women may feel more tired and exhausted. This can be due to hormonal changes, extra weight and the body's preparations for birth. However, some women experience a sudden increase in energy levels just before giving birth, known as "nesting". This could be a sign that the birth is approaching. But, sometimes the tiredness can just be a normal sign that you are struggling to sleep well at night. Some people have to get up and pee several times, while others can't find a comfortable sleeping position.

  6. Nausea and diarrhea: Some women may experience nausea and diarrhea in the days before childbirth. This may be due to hormonal changes and the body's way of cleansing itself before the big event. If you experience this, it is important to stay hydrated and contact your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen. 

Final Thoughts: It's important to note that every woman and every pregnancy is unique, and the symptoms of labor can vary. Some women may experience all of these symptoms, while others may experience only a few or none at all. It is important to stay calm, listen to your body and seek medical help when in doubt. Talk to your midwife to get more information about what to expect during labor and how to best manage the symptoms. Remember that childbirth is a natural process, and with the right support and care you will be able to cope better. 


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