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When to Go to the Hospital in Labor


When to Go to the Hospital in Labor

As the pregnancy is approaching its end and many expectant mothers begin to worry when they go to the hospital? And most importantly — how to understand that the time has come? In fact, everything is simple: there are a few basic points that need to be guided.

Start Labor Pains

The bout is the main symptom of the onset of labor. Even before beginning you can feel that there is heaviness, slight pain in the lower back, the abdomen, the uterus is tense and felt very tight. But it is important to recognize true contractions and not “training” that may occur more during the second trimester of pregnancy. Real labor pains repeats after equal intervals which gradually become shorter, and the duration of the fight increases, the training contractions — irregular and intensity they are almost always the same. These contractions, in contrast to training, very painful, they do not pass after the change of position of a body or a warm shower.

Consider the interval between contractions

If the fight just started, do not immediately go to the hospital. After the first stage of labor lasts long enough and is much more comfortable to hold it in a familiar home setting. So first count how often the contractions come and how long they last. Usually recommended to go to the hospital, if the interval between contractions is approximately 10 minutes. Re-births are usually faster than the first, so if you are expecting your second child, the opening of the cervix will be much faster and have to go to the hospital as soon as contractions become regular and rhythmic.

If water breaking

If linen has become unusually wet, and especially if the feet of the drip fluid is a sign that all. No matter how many poured out the liquid a bit or all of 1-1,5 liters, there are contractions or not, it is not necessary to wait for the beginning of regular labor (it will start later). Immediately go to the hospital. After all, if water has been poured or slightly leaking — this means that the integrity of membranes and the baby is already protected from environmental influences, primarily from infectious agents. In addition, if regular contractions, rupture of water suggests that the birth of a baby is not far off. But if the departed mucous plug (clot a jelly-like substance) is just a harbinger of childbirth, and immediately go to the hospital is not necessary.

Immediately to the hospital!

Rare, but there may be situations in which it is necessary to go to the hospital immediately and without thinking. This must be done if:

  • from the genital tract appeared spotting, especially if they are significant;
  • the uterus does not relax between contractions, the pain is very strong;
  • changed the wiggling child: steel or very weak, or, on the contrary, increased;
  • a bad headache, raised blood pressure, vision changes (blurred, flashed before his eyes, “fly”);
  • if labor began before 38 weeks of pregnancy or giving birth in multiple pregnancies.

Labor Pains – When Should I Go to the Hospital?!?

Reviewed by the QSota Medical Advisory Board