Pregnancy / Childbirth

Signs of upcoming delivery


The body prepares for delivery for nine months. The closer the term of termination is, the more end-pregnancy symptoms are. Mother Nature thought this very well, doing a lot so that both individual organs and the psyche could cope with the changing role in life. What symptoms can mean a quick delivery?

A few weeks before delivery

We prepare for childbirth and the new role of the parent throughout the whole pregnancy.

However, there are changes that help in this a few weeks before the planned date of termination.

For example waking up and going to the toilet at night they are to make the sleep of future mothers shallower and prepare them for the hardships of feeding the baby at night. What was unimaginable a few months earlier, during pregnancy and immediately after it turns out to be easier to overcome.

Similarly, you can also translate another change viz weight gain, which allows you to prepare both the muscles and joints for the baby to wear after delivery and a few months after it, before he learns to walk.

It is also often said that the symptom of upcoming delivery is mucus plug fall off. However, this symptom should not be treated as a signal of a quick solution. Childbirth after the plug has fallen off, i.e. thick mucus protecting the cervix, can occur both for a few weeks as well as a few days or hours before delivery. It is a signal of cervical shortening and opening. Therefore, it is difficult to assess whether this symptom will occur just before the solution or long before it.

Antenatal symptoms

  • lowering of the uterus and fetus - in the first pregnancy two or four weeks before termination, the fetus begins to enter the birth canal. In women who have already given birth, accession rarely occurs before delivery.
  • pressure on the pelvis and rectum
  • energy level changes - some women feel a surge of strength, have more energy and clean, iron, prepare the house to perfection, others on the contrary: they feel very lethargic and weary,
  • cramps and pain in the groin area - most often occurs in the second and subsequent pregnancy
  • constant pain in the sacral region
  • decrease in body growth rate or lack thereof - when labor is approaching, a pregnant woman sometimes loses a kilo or even two
  • change in vaginal discharge - just before delivery, the vaginal discharge becomes thicker and denser
  • diarrhea - some pregnant women have diarrhea just before giving birth.
  • stronger Braxton-Hicks contractions - predictive contractions may become stronger and more frequent, sometimes also painful.
  • pink or bloody mucus - the presence of capillaries in the mucus often signals that the cervix is ​​shortening and opening. The mucus may become pink or bloody red just before delivery. Most often, it suggests that labor will begin 24 hours after observing this symptom.
  • mood changes - reluctance to socialize or, on the contrary, irritability, tearfulness, excessive optimism or fornication.

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