Early labor can be unpredictable, but it is a clear sign that your baby will be born soon.
Whether you are getting ready to have your first baby or you have given birth before in Lancaster, South Carolina, early labor can be a confusing experience. While early labor is a sign that you are getting ready to deliver, it can last for days and can even start and stop as your body progresses toward delivery.
If you are experiencing the signs of early labor, I recommend you do the following to maintain your comfort and get ready for delivery:
- Drink fluids: Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other fluids.
- Eat frequently: By eating small meals frequently, you will maintain your blood sugar and energy levels.
- Get up and move: Taking a walk or a shower can be a great way to pass the time and prepare your body for the work to come.
- Relax and rest: Rest is essential before active labor begins. Relax on your side with your mattress supporting your stomach.
- Time contractions: If your contractions are getting stronger or closer together, it may be time to think about calling me.
While most women progress through early labor with no problems, there are some signs you and your partner should know about. If any of these occur, please contact me as soon as possible:
- Rupturing of membranes (also known as water breaking)
- Minimal or no movement of your baby
- Swelling of your hands or face
- Severe headaches or blurred vision
- Intense pain in your abdomen or stomach
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Sudden weight gain
As your midwife, I am here to help you during every phase of labor and delivery, so please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns. To find out more about what to expect during early labor or to schedule a prenatal appointment, please contact me today.