Labor & Birth
The moment you've been waiting for is almost here: the birth of your baby!
Here you'll learn about labor and delivery, including signs of labor, when to go to the hospital, how to manage the pain of labor, what involved with an epidural, birthing methods, and much more.
Signs That Baby Is Coming!
Just when you think you can't possibly get any bigger and you'll never get off the couch without a crane, you may experience the following symptoms that let you know the time is near. Note that these symptoms don't occur in any particular order, and several may occur within the same day or a few days of each other.
♦ An increase in vaginal discharge, possibly brownish or pinkish in color.
♦ "Engagement," or the sensation of the baby dropping lower into your pelvic cavity.
♦ Braxton Hicks contractions or "practice" contractions that feel like a tightening or hardening of the uterus with possible mild cramps.
♦ Slight weight loss.
♦ Dull pain low in your back that comes and goes.
♦ Loose and frequent bowel movements with cramping.
♦ Sensation of building pressure or cramping in your pelvic/rectal area.
♦ A feeling of restlessness/increased energy, or marked sense of fatigue.
♦ Softening, thinning, or dilation of cervix (as shown by doctor's internal exam).