So you are ready to experience the most wonderful experience of womanhood. If you have neared your EDD (Estimated Date of Delivery), you have every reason to feel anxious. You are worried thinking about your impending delivery, your baby and yourself. You get alert even at the slightest movement made by your baby. You feel many a false pains within and might be wondering what exactly labour pain would be like. Some women may experience Braxton-Hicks Contractions also called as “false labour.” Some never experience these contractions and some others may have them even weeks before the onset of labour.
It is true that you do not have to be over anxious. But at the same time you should be watchful for the signs of labour. Bleeding being the most important among them. An instance of bleeding should be immediately reported to the doctor. Decreased movements of the foetus is yet another noticeable change, which an observant mother can easily make out. You might also feel sudden headaches, blurred vision and pain beneath the rib cage. Menstrual-like pain and cramps together with increased pressure on thighs are yet other symptoms. Generally, labour pain gets initiated as a dull pain at the back and gradually gets radiated to the forefront. Some women will experience severe back pain and no abdominal pain at all. Labour pain is not a continuous strain. It occurs as intermittent pains, which are of short duration. Only in the advanced stage of labour do you get frequent strains. Colour change in vaginal discharge also occurs as the baby starts its way out. The cervix mucus of pinkish shade will start appearing as labour nears.
A sudden gush of the amniotic fluid from vagina is a sure sign that the labour has already begun. Once you feel wet by the fluid, be sure that your baby is no longer going to stay in the womb for long. However the range and extent of the above mentioned symptoms vary from woman to woman.