How to Know When to Go to the Hospital for Labour Pains?

Your due date gives you a general idea of when your newest family member will arrive, but you can’t predict exactly when your body will begin true labour. Even when the contractions start you won’t necessarily rush straight to the hospital. Learn the signs of true labour to determine when to go.

  • Step 1 – Discuss when to go to the hospital with your nurse or obstetrician befor you go into labour. Ask her if you should call her first or go straight to the hospital.
  • Step 2 – Drive the route to the hospital from your home to time trip. If the trip is long, keep in mind you’ll want to leave for the hospital sooner to ensure you arrive in plenty of time.
  • Step 3 – Time the length and spacing between contraction  once they start, regular and closely spaced. Many prenatal care providers recommend calling when contraction are consistently about five minutes apart.
  • Step 4 – Note the intensity of the contraction along with the timing.
  • Step 5 –  Watch for any vaginal discharge that indicates true labor is underway.bloody discharge or a thick mucus discharge .Clear liquid either in a small stream or a larger gush indicates ruptured  membranes.Head to the hospital or call your doctor right away if you suspect you membranes ruptured.
  • Step 6 – Seek medical care immediately if you notice a decrease in your baby’s movements or if you bleed heavily with or without contractions.

Understandig The Stages Of Normal Labor.

The stages of labor are commonly broken down into three main phases.

STAGE I

EARLY : It is characterized by contraction that are regular but may not be very close together or last very long. The contractions may be 10 minutes apart and last only 30-45 seconds. dilation is to a maximum of 4 centimeters.

ACTIVE : Active labor is more intense with longer, stronger, more intense contraction that may be 3-5 minutes apart and last up to 60 seconds. Dilation is usually from 5-7 centimeters.

TRANSITION: Transition is by far the most challenging, although the shortest, phase of birthing. These contractions are stronger and longer and finish dilating the cervix.90-120 seconds with breaks of about a minute or two last for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

STAGE II

PUSHING : The pushing stage, the second phase of labor, begins once 10 centimeters has been reached. This will end with the much-anticipated birth of baby. a few minutes or several hours. In a natural birth, the pushing phase is typically much shorter than in a medicated one. pushing is usually much more manageable than transition. This is the purpose of the uterine contraction, to first fully dilate and efface the cervix, and then to expel the baby from the uterus. True “pushing” is rarely required.

STAGE III

THE PLACENTA DELIVERY : When the baby reaches your arms, the final of labor, the  placenta delivery, often receives little attention. it begins with the birth of the baby and ends with the arrival of the placenta. On average, it takes roughly 20 minutes for the placenta to detach from the uterine wall, although it can safely be longer.