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Early signs of Labour

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

** Onset if Labour ** When it comes to giving birth, one of the most fundamental factors in having an instinctive birth is that you reduce stimulation of your neocortex or higher intelligence and hand control over to your birthing brain. By going into birth feeling positive, prepared and confident, you are far more likely to manage the surges and stay in control of how you respond to the environment around you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We don’t really know what starts labour. The baby’s brain has a large growth spurt towards the end of pregnancy and the lungs are the last to develop. It is believed that a change in hormones kick it all off but here are some signs that you can look out for that might mean labour is imminent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

🤰🏻Some people might say your bump has dropped or you might feel the top of your bump is softer as baby has moved into your pelvis. As a result you might feel more pressure and being able to breathe better. 🤰🏼Your body may release the mucus plug from your cervix. Some refer to this as a ‘show’. The mucus plug protects the uterus from infection during pregnancy. It can be pinkish in colour and might have a little blood. This happened on my second pregnancy. It can mean labour will start in a few hours ( which was the case for me ) or it can mean you are still a few days away but you can take comfort in knowing your body is getting closer to birthing your baby. 🤰🏽You might find your bowels move more regularly. 🤰🏾Waters breaking can happen early on in labour or late in labour. You might find a little or a lot of fluid is released or a continuous trickle as labour progresses. The body will continue to produce amniotic fluid so there is no need to worry that the baby will go ‘dry’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . 🤰🏿Braxton hicks are practise contractions which you might feel in the weeks leading up to the birth of your baby. These are helping the muscle fibres of the uterus to tone and the cervix to soften and get ready for labour.

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