Know the signs of early labor, so you can prepare for what is to come.
Experiencing the signs of early labor can be cause concern, but I urge you to remain calm and not panic if this occurs during your pregnancy. Know that you may only be experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, which happen to help your body prepare to deliver. At the same time, there are signs that indicate you should contact me for assistance as your midwife or seek care at a hospital.
If your water breaks, you experience heavy vaginal bleeding, or your baby moves minimally or not at all for extended periods of time, seek assistance right away. You should also let me know if your face and hands start to swell, you experience severe headaches, or you feel intense pain in your abdominal region or stomach.
Early labor can be a lengthy process, and you may experience related pains off and on for up to a day or even two. Try to drink as much water as possible and eat regularly during this time to manage your discomfort. I also recommend sticking to your regular routine and even getting a little physical activity, like taking a walk. Just make sure you do not push yourself to the point where you become exhausted, and try to get as much rest as possible.
As a midwife in Clover, South Carolina, my role is to help you recognize the signs of early labor and know what to do, so you can prepare for the arrival of your new baby. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Birth Choice.