Pregnancy what are the Major Signs of Labor

For first time mothers, labor can be a little scary. For first time mothers the average laboring process takes up to nine hours. Some can take longer, some faster. So the question is how do you know if you are really in labor? So here are some things that you can ask yourself to see if you are actually in labor.

First of all if you have any questions weather or not you are in labor then you should call your doctor and he/she will let you know if and when you need to go to the hospital to have your baby. Also don’t wait to long, if you have any pregnancy issues you shouldn’t wait to get to the hospital.

Pre labor contractions feel like menstrual cramps and they can start up to a week or so before you actual labor begins. You usually will feel these contractions in your uterus and not in your back. Back labor usually signifies real labor. So ask yourself are you having mild cramping or is my contractions so bad that I can’t walk or talk while having one. If your contractions are this intense, you need to go to the hospital.

Time your contractions and keep a log of them this will help your doctor figure out where you are in labor. If your contractions last a full minute and are 3 to 5 minutes apart then you should go to the hospital or at least call your doctor to see if it is time. Most likely it will be time.

If your water breaks in a gush before you are having these contractions then you should go to the hospital, your contractions after your water breaks usually gets stronger and faster and longer, signifying the start of real labor.

Use common sense when it comes to having your baby, don’t wait until the last minute or you will have a scene like the one from the movie nine months. Trust your instincts and go to the hospital when you feel it is time, and remember if you have any questions then call your doctor. Remember to try and remain calm, take a deep breath and try to relax. Your are about to bring a beautiful fragile little life into this big world. Going through the labor process can be stressful, but once it is done and over with, you will be able to breath a sigh of relief that it’s all finally over.