As the weeks and months pass, the moment comes closer. The moment you give birth! Hopefully everything is ready in the house such as the nursery, clothes, diapers, car seat and the buggy. Now only your baby! During pregnancy you will probably have felt the discomfort of hard bellies a few times. This is not yet the sign that the birth has started. But how do you know that delivery is approaching and the moment is finally there? Below you can read a number of physical symptoms that it beginning of the delivery indicate.
Start of childbirth symptoms
More pain in groin and back
In preparation for the delivery, your muscles and joints stretch and stretch. This causes cramps and pain in your back and groin. These pain and cramps can be annoying, but on the other hand they are signs of your birth.
Frequent urination and possible diarrhea
At the end of the pregnancy your baby starts to descend to your pelvis. That way your child will already be in the right position. This down has the disadvantage that the baby will press your bladder and you have to urinate more often. Another side effect is that your ligaments are looser.
This is caused by it hormone relaxin. Relaxine opens your pelvis so that your baby gets the space to be born. This also affects your intestines that can drain faster (also to create more space). So keep in mind that you have to pay a visit to the toilet more often by the end of your pregnancy!
In order to ensure that your baby can be born, it is necessary that the cervix is softer and softer so that it can open (digestion). When this process has occurred, you lose the mucus that was there throughout pregnancy to protect your child from infections. This slime plug closed your uterus and now comes loose. It is possible that you also have some blood loss when the mucus plug comes out. You do not have to go to the hospital right away, because it can take days or even weeks before you actually give birth.
Loss of amniotic fluid
You will lose amniotic fluid about 24 hours before you give birth. Do not expect a big puddle that you lose in one go. That is bad for 15% of women. Usually the loss of amniotic fluid goes very gradually and with a little bit. Chances are that you do not even get it that way in the first place. If you do not notice the loss but you have noticed the above signs of the birth, then you know that your child is almost born. Do you notice that you lose amniotic fluid, then it is wise to call your midwife.
Answer to the question: how do you know that delivery is approaching? is paying particular attention to the various contractions. The birth usually starts at night!
Pre-contractions: start recognizing contractions
Each beginning of the delivery start with the forefronts. In comparison with the hard bellies, these contractions are more severe. So if you have had the above-mentioned preliminary drawings of the birth and you now notice that your contractions are more painful than when you had a hard belly, then you are really in the early stages of the birth.
Note the words 'preliminary stage', because it can take some time until the delivery starts. Pre-contractions differ from real contractions because they are less painful, they do not come up regularly and follow each other less quickly. Read more about how you can recognize real contractions.
A handy book to read in preparation for the delivery is: Dive into your contractions.