Be prepared. The most common doubts before giving birth.
Should I go directly to the hospital or do I wait?
Perhaps it is one of the most common questions before giving birth and, of course, beginning to feel the dreaded contractions. Of course, keep in mind that you can not go to your hospital at the first exchange because you feel that you are going to give birth or because you have many pains. In fact, you should wait a bit, especially if the hospital is not too far away because they will most likely send you home if you have not dilated enough. But if you know that the hospital is somewhat far away remember at least to plan how long you will take to get there and always be accompanied. In your state, you should not drive. In addition, if the journey is long you should take a previous tour to see how long it takes or to know a different route in case there are traffic jams.
What do I have to bring?
When you give birth in a public hospital, you have to carry practically nothing because in these centers they usually give clothes to both you and your baby, although the truth is that you can carry a toiletry bag with some personal items such as a gown, some House slippers, and personal hygiene items. You must also carry at the time of admission all the information related to your pregnancy, your membership card, and your ID. Remember also that if you give birth in a private clinic you should wear clothes for both you and your baby.
Should I do something when the pain starts?
You should know that around week 36 you will start to feel some discomfort. Some unpleasant sensations of the pubis, cramps or difficulty breathing are usually normal disorders caused especially because the uterus reaches its maximum height in its last month by pressing the stomach and lungs. In addition, in these same weeks, it is also normal that the first contractions that are known by the name of Braxton Hicks begin to appear, and that they are not labor contractions. It is good that the pregnant woman, therefore, be aware of the possible discomforts and possible pains, but also of these contractions and the differences with the contractions of childbirth because actually going to the hospital is not timely until it has really begun Labor
Signs indicating that childbirth
Labor is a series of progressive and continuous contractions of the uterus that help the cervix to open and tune to allow the fetus to pass through the birth canal. This begins approximately two weeks before or after the estimated date of delivery, but it is not known exactly when labor actually begins. However, there are several signs that indicate that labor is really approaching. What are they?
- Breaking the bag and leaving the amniotic fluid. This may occur gradually or suddenly. In addition, this may be accompanied by contractions in some women and then you should go to the hospital right away.
- If the mother notices vaginal bleeding with mucus, it is due to the plug that envelops the mother’s cervix, which can, therefore, be expelled at any time. This means that the birth of the baby is already here.
- The contractions, but not those of Braxton Hicks. Contractions (labor) are an unequivocal sign of labor. Of course, the mother should always take into account the frequency and duration of these. Remember that active contractions occur in approximately five minutes and last between 45 and 60 seconds. Can they be distinguished from those of Braxton Hicks? How?
Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular and not very close to each other. In addition, they may disappear by walking or resting. They do not usually intensify as a general rule and feel alone in front. However, labor contractions, that is, the authentic ones occur at regular intervals, and eventually approach each other. These last between thirty and seventy seconds approximately and as much as you rest or move and walk a little do not stop. They increase in intensity constantly, and although they begin in the back they usually pass forward.
And you? Are you already in labor?