Early labor is a sign that your body is getting ready to deliver and you should call me to help you deliver in Chester.
Going into early labor can be concerning, but as your midwife, I encourage you not to panic. While you may only be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions as your body gets ready to deliver, there are signs to watch out for that indicate you should call me right away or seek assistance at a hospital in Chester, South Carolina. These include some of the following:
- Rupture of the membranes (otherwise known as your water breaking)
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Minimal or no movement from the baby
- Swelling of the face and hands and blurred vision
- Severe headaches
- Intense pain in the stomach or abdominal region
- Sudden weight gain or seizures
Know that early labor is usually a lengthy process. These pains can last just a day or two or simply start and then stop. To cope with the discomfort, drink plenty of fluids, especially water, and eat frequently. Try to maintain your normal routine, take a walk, and take a shower, but do not push yourself if you become exhausted. It is also important to get plenty of rest, and I recommend lying on your side with the mattress supporting your stomach.
During early labor, I suggest timing your contractions. If your contractions become frequent or intense, contact me, and I will come to you and get ready to help you deliver.
For more information about early labor and how to manage this process, contact me at Birth Choice today. As your midwife, I am always here to answer your questions and address your concerns