Signs of labor approaching
1- Frequent urination.
2- Feeling of heaviness in the lower abdomen.
3- Swelling of the vagina.
4- Increased back pain.
5- Lack of sleep.
This annoying sign is actually a blessing in disguise. As it prepares the pregnant woman for the sleepless nights of active labor, and the first few days postpartum.
Exactly as birds prepare to welcome their little ones by making a nest. Sometimes pregnant women feel a sudden urge to clean and tidy up the house.
Some women feel Braxton hicks contractions or false contractions starting around the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. They are considered training for the actual contractions. Braxton hicks don’t last for a long time, and they don’t increase in intensity, unlike the actual contractions. They can cease if the expecting mother relaxes, does breathing exercises, or has a small meal. They are similar to period cramps, and they can be also similar to abdominal spasms. In the case of preterm labor, they will increase in intensity and will happen at shorter intervals.
9- Water breaking and membrane rupture
For a first-time pregnant mom, water flowing from her lower body can be confused with urine. This is the water surrounding the fetus, and when it breaks it means labor is approaching and it is time to go to the hospital.
10- Increase in vaginal discharge
This increased discharge of brownish color, or if it contains blood, is known as the “Show sign”. And is one of the signs of labor that indicate that labor is starting soon.
Red flags during pregnancy
1- Sudden bleeding
Bleeding can happen due to a fall, an emotional, or physical trauma. Bleeding during pregnancy must not be left unchecked, and a visit to the hospital is a must.
2- Abnormal Vaginal discharge
It is essential that every woman is aware of her vaginal discharge. And in case of any abnormal discharge, she must consult with her doctor.
3- Severe abdominal pain
As mentioned above the Braxton Hicks or the false contractions, cease after a while. This is why an expecting mother needs to go to the hospital if she experiences continuous abdominal pain.
4- Swelling of the face, hands, and legs
These might be signs of gestational hypertension or preeclampsia. Especially if the skin is pushed deep inside when pressured. It is noteworthy that swelling of the feet in the last trimester might happen due to excessive weight, and it usually subsides with some rest and elevating the legs.
5- Vision problems
Any blurry vision or any other vision issues during pregnancy must not be ignored. They might indicate gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia.
6- Severe headache
Headaches during pregnancy are normal especially early on. But a severe persisting headache needs a doctor’s consultation.
7- Decrease or cessation in fetal movement
If the baby moves less than ten times a day or stops moving completely, these are serious signs that require a hospital visit.
8- Painful urination
Pain or a bun during urination might indicate an infection, which requires medical treatment.
9- High fever, flu, cold, or Covid symptoms
Any of these symptoms require a hospital visit for further investigation.