Understanding Labour Pain and Labour

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Understanding Labour Pain and Labour

What is Labour pain?

Labour is the passage of the foetus and the placenta out of the uterus. It refers to the entire process of dilation of the cervix, the accompanying contractions and the stage before delivery. Every woman’s experience with Labour  is different. You will be able to work out when labour actually started only after you’ve been through it!

Symptoms of Labour pain

You might be wondering if you can recognise the signs of labour when it sets it! Relax you will know when the time actually comes. Before the actual labour you will experience the pre-labour signs.

Pre-labour means you could be having – a persistent lower back ache or abdominal pain or contractions or possibly broken water or a bloody show, etc. This does not however mean that the baby is due any minute so relax and do as your doctor has advised.

Back ache – You will experience an ache like the back ache you get during your periods. There is a heavy aching on the back.

Contractions – This is when the uterus tightens and relaxes periodically. Termed as Braxton-Hicks these contractions mostly painless are a sign of pre-labour. If the contractions get stronger and last more than 30secs you possibly are in labour and the pain you experience is termed labour pain

Broken water – The amniotic fluid drains out of the sac and out of the vagina. This may happen as a trickle or a gush you can’t control. If labour doesn’t begin despite your water breaking, your baby could get distressed so immediately call your doctor.

Bloody ‘show’ – The mucous plug in your cervix comes away and out of the vagina, it could be a blob or several pieces. It is an indication that labour is about to begin. The labour may be quick or take time.

What to do when labour pains begin?

  • If you are up to it you could walk around
  • Drink plenty fluids
  • Try and relax, opt for deep breathing or other techniques you know when contractions begin

Follow the doctor’s instruction and assess if active labour has truly begun. If it has, get yourself to the hospital and wait till your baby is ready to make her grand entrance (exit, technically!!)

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