Am I in PrematureLabor?
I think this is a question I ask myself every time I have a baby. All three of my children spent time in the NICU. My two boys, because they were preemies and my little girl for breathing and bilirubin problems. I sometimes wonder if this will always be my experience when having babies. But hey I’m getting a lot of that experience. Moms and moms to be always have that little thought in the back of their mind, you know the one I’m talking about. ” Is the pain or discomfort I’m feeling right now normal? Can it harm my baby? Am I in preterm labor?”
What is Preterm Labor?
Preterm later is when your body experiences labor before you are 37 weeks pregnant. When your baby is born this early they can have life threatening health problems for the time being or for long term. My first child was born when I was 34 weeks pregnant. His lungs were not fully developed and because he was so early his body had not yet received the know how on how to suck or eat. Thankfully his lungs developed and he was able to nurse on his own after two weeks in the NICU.
Warning signs of early labor…
– Contractions or a cramping feeling. This is when you can feel your belly tighten every ten minutes or less. or your feeling a menstrual cramp.This should have been a huge sign for me at 34 weeks pregnant. I had felt a lot of tightening in my stomach from about 11 pm. the night before he was born. Also a shooting pain that would start in my stomach and move downwards. I got into a warm tub of water to see if I could relax, I was maybe in there and hr. before going to bed. Because this was my first I shrugged it off as ligament pain or just the discomfort of pregnancy and didn’t tell my husband.
– A lower dull backache. This is pretty self explanatory. Sometime in the early morning hours I was experiencing a lot of backache especially in my lower back. this was making it very difficult for me to sleep. I had tossed and turned all night, but again shrugged it off. If there is any advice I could give right now it would be don’t shrug it off! If I had fallowed through with what my body was telling me, some action could have been taken to stop labor.
– Vaginal Discharge. When you are leaking fluid or blood. With my second child I had done a lot of yardwork in the late morning hauling small branches ( we were clearing our yard to put in lawn.) This had brought on a lot of labor. Once the contractions were getting difficult I did have a lot of blood flow. I was 36 weeks pregnant. and he came about a half hour after I had discovered bloody discharge.
– Pelvic pressure. When you feel your baby pushing down, I felt this pressure a lot during all three of my pregnancies. However if you are still getting to know your body and you feel it isn’t right. Just know that mommies have instinct, if you are feeling its a little off it probably is.
What should I do if I am having these symptoms?
Call your Health care provider. This is a task I always dread! I always will get those hesitant thoughts in my mind. like, ” Oh,its all in my head!” or ” I will be so embarrassed if I’m wrong!” But take a deep breath. The doctors are there to help you, and as a momma you know you want the best for that beautiful baby inside of you. Make the call. They may have you lay on your side and drink lots of water. Or come into the hospital or clinic so they can check and make sure all is good. You’ll have a lot relief after asking your health care provider.
Having babies early isn’t easy. And having those thoughts in your mind can be scary. You have a beautiful little human growing in you, and sometimes that little human needs you to know what your body is telling you. Who knows momma, that baby might make an early appearance.
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