During the last weeks or days before birth there are some changes that the pregnant woman can feel. First, the uterus drops downward. The pressure up under the sternum and towards the ribs relieves and you can feel it as if the baby is starting to press against the pelvis.
You have already been able to feel what you call contractions or contractions in the uterus, but as the birth approaches, these contractions become longer and more powerful. Now they call them birth pains. These can be so powerful at night that it is difficult to sleep properly.
What signs indicate that childbirth is about to start?
Just before the birth begins – and in some cases, when the painters have started – a little bleeding occurs. This is called character bleeding. There may be a mucus, which has been sitting in the uterus, mixed with little blood. This is completely natural and thus not a sign of anything dangerous.
It is said that THE SOLUTION HAS STARTED when it comes regular and increasing works. You can feel the pain as contractions of the uterus. If you put a hand on your stomach you may notice that the uterus is getting harder and then relaxed again within 15-30-60 seconds. In the beginning it may take between 8 and 10 minutes between the painters, but they become denser. When it is 4-5 minutes between the painters it is time to contact the maternity ward and get ready for departure.
When should you immediately contact the delivery department?
In the following situations, do not wait for the regular aches before contacting the maternity ward:
- If you suspect the amniotic fluid has passed.
- If you start bleeding.
- If there are painful aches, contractions or tenderness in the uterus.
- If you notice a break in the otherwise normal fetal movements and kicks.
- If you feel that something is happening and it is more than three weeks for the expected delivery.
- If you have previously given Caesarean section.
- If you have seen that the baby lies head up in the womb.
- If you are expecting twins.
- If you have previously given birth very quickly.
You can call and hear with the delivery department if you are coming, or if you can still wait a bit. You can also ask if you can go to the hospital yourself, or if you should call an ambulance.
Remember to bring your papers, especially your journal, when you go.