How to understand that labor has begun? Symptoms of onset of labor

Each future mother asks the question: "how to understand that the birth began?". Women are afraid to miss or not notice the onset of labor, and also confuse true generic activity from false bouts. But as they say, when everything starts in reality, it's impossible not to notice it. Nevertheless, each organism is individual, and in every woman the birth begins in different ways. And it seems everything is clear - forums, girlfriends, doctors - a woman knows how to understand that labor has begun, and, nevertheless, is going through.

38 weeks of pregnancy - the period in which the pregnancy is term. Therefore, as early as week 38 it is possible to expect the onset of labor from day to day. Although, it is not uncommon for childbirth to occur at the time of 36 weeks, and children are born healthy, so to speak, full-term.

The birth began



There is such a thing, forerunners of birth. This term is usually called a number of phenomena that accompany several weeks of pregnancy before childbirth. So, what are the precursors of childbirth?

  • Pain in lower abdomen and lower back. Drawing pain can appear even a month before the expected delivery and have a spastic character, that is, pain resembling menstrual pain. The reasons for this may be an increase in the excitability of the nervous system and displacement of the vertebrae in the sacrum. Thus the woman can complain of a pricking, a pain and feeling of raspiranija in the field of a pubis, from what it is possible to get rid by means of a bandage.

  • Lowering the abdomen. A very interesting phenomenon that can occur, both for two weeks, and a month before delivery. The abdomen literally changes shape and decreases, the woman notes that it became easier to breathe, it is understandable - there is already no such pressure on the diaphragm, lungs, stomach.

  • Excitability of the uterus. Any irritants can provoke stomach tension two months before the expected delivery. This can occur up to two times a week, in closer to childbirth - and twice a day.

  • False bouts of Hicks brexton fights. In addition to tension, the uterus undergoes periodic reductions. They have nothing to do with labor. The frequency of false bouts can be 7-10 minutes and even 3-5 minutes, duration - not more than three hours. From real fights false are of different duration and increasing intensity. False bouts are important because they prepare the body for delivery, such a dress rehearsal.

  • Weight loss. However surprising it may sound, most women notice that about two weeks before the birth the appetite decreases, and the arrow on the scales shows 1-2 kilograms less, or the weight gain stops.

  • Departure of the mucous plug is also considered a harbinger of childbirth, but this can happen as a month before the birth, and for two days, so strongly rely on this precursor is not recommended.


  • By what signs can you understand that the birth began?



  • Contractions are the main "symptom" of the onset of labor. It is very important to distinguish them from false ones, pay attention to the frequency of fights, the intervals between them should be reduced. When between fights stably 5-7 minutes, and the duration of bouts is 45 seconds - it's time to go for the baby!

  • The intestine undergoes purification before delivery, which is caused by hormones that promote the stimulation of labor.

  • Pain. Well, what kind of birth is without pain? At first these pains are vague, blunt, localized in the lower abdomen and lower back. After that the pain grows and becomes a pain syndrome, that is, worries, without ceasing.

  • Often, women before giving birth notice chills.

  • Watershed is another major symptom of the onset of labor, and even if the pain does not bother the fights, it is necessary to go to the hospital immediately, since a toddler without water is very bad.