Childbirth class: Early labor signs

For many days before labor to the onset of true labor many woman experience:

1. nesting instinct..  innate urge to get things done

2. warm up contractions– tightening of the uterus , cramping with no real pattern

3. feeling heaviness in pelvis- baby drops into pelvis

4. loose bowels– natures way to cleanse and make more room for the baby to come down

5.weight loss– not uncommon to lose a few pounds before labor

6.increased vaginal discharge

7.loss of mucous plug- plug that is at end of cervix gets released as cervix may start to dilate and efface, It can be expelled  after vaginal exam, intercourse, exercise, etc. You can  Is egg white or mucous consistency and can have  some brown or pink spots . Normal  event before or at start of labor

What you can do:

REST– take this opportunity to rest /sleep

Eat & Drink light comfort food, carbohydrates are best, stay hydrated

Take a walk after you have rested walk, helps with alignment and can help bring on labor

Ignore it/ Relax– watch  a movie , read , take a bath ,sleep take your mind off it. Labor will come on when you are most relaxed mentally and physically and  most importantly in the perfect time!

Now that you know what to  expect ..relax & trust … because all is well

in joy

dee*

Learn this and more on Small Wonders Childbirth Education Classes on DVD.

www.smallwonderschildbirth.com

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