Signs Of Labour
This is when the plug of mucus from your cervix (entrance to your womb or uterus) comes away. It looks like egg white, elastic in consistency and may have a brownish tinge. Bright Red Bleeding is never normal in Pregnancy.
- When you have a contraction, your womb tightens and then relaxes. For some people, contractions may feel like extreme period pains.
- You may have had contractions/Tightening during your pregnancy, particularly towards the end. These tightening are called Braxton Hicks contractions and are usually painless.
As Labour progresses, your contractions tend to become longer, stronger and more frequent. During a contraction, the muscles tighten and the pain increases. If you put your hand on your abdomen, you’ll feel it getting hard. When the contraction passes your abdomen softens. Your midwife will probably advise you to stay at home until your contractions develop a regular pattern. When they become uncomfortable and you are finding it difficult to cope Contact the Midwife at 091 544515(office hours) and 091 544225 (Out of hours)
The waters may be released in a gush or trickle.
You are advised to attend the hospital if your waters break before Labour starts, as there’s an increased risk of infection for you and your baby