You don’t have to be pregnant or have been pregnant to know that when your water breaks and contractions start, it’s time to rush to the hospital because your baby is coming. But there are other, more subtle signs that indicate that the time of delivery is approaching.
Of course, symptoms are not always easy to interpret and can vary from pregnant woman to pregnant woman, but the fact is that, if in the final stretch of pregnancy some of the items on the list appear around, it may be time to meet the baby. .
1. Increase in Braxton Hicks contractions
At the beginning of the third trimester, a woman may experience a different type of discomfort, which are called Braxton Hicks contractions or “training contractions” and are usually related to the baby’s movement.
“Unlike labor, they are more sporadic, are not painful most of the time and have a short duration – usually 20 to 30 seconds”, explains in an interview with bebe.com.br, Dr. Ana Lúcia Beltrame, gynecologist and obstetrician specializing in Human Reproduction.
According to her, approaching the moment of delivery, these contractions can increase in number and intensity until they reach the “prodrome of labor”, which would be a period that precedes birth but without any change in the cervix.
2. Pressure in the pelvis
You may have heard someone commenting that such a person’s belly “dropped”. Despite being a subjective observation and not always valid for all women, the truth is that the belly can actually decrease a few centimeters due to the baby’s movement, which begins to insinuate itself into the pelvis and “fits” in the pelvis, as reported by the nurse. Dr. Beatriz Barbosa, obstetrician gynecologist specializing in humanized childbirth, also to the site.
As a consequence, the movement can be felt by the pregnant woman in the form of pressure in the pelvis region. “It is a fact that the pregnant woman may begin to feel pressure in the pelvis, showing that the baby may be entering the upper pelvis and pressing the pubic bone”, explains Ana Lúcia.
3. Feeling of breathing more easily
Also related to this “descent” of the baby into the pelvic area, many women may feel that they are breathing more easily compared to the previous months of pregnancy. “Several patients report a feeling of being ’empty’, especially in the region close to the stomach”, he says.
4. Decreased fetal movement
If before the kicks were intense, it is possible that the mother feels at this end her little one moving less. The trend, according to Beatriz, is linked to the decrease in the volume of amniotic fluid in the bag. “This helps the belly to ‘wither’ and also favors the reduction of fetal movement, giving the impression that he moves less”, she adds.
5. Increased swelling in hands and legs
Swelling is far from being something felt only in the final stretch of pregnancy. However, as pointed out by Dr. Beatriz, it can appear in the last few weeks differently and a little more pronounced, especially on the hands and legs. “Due to the final compression resulting from the baby’s growth, blood vessels are compressed and circulation is impaired, which contributes to swelling”, comments the specialist.
She also adds some other complaints raised by mothers in the period leading up to childbirth, such as more intense lower back pain, greater fatigue and tiredness, greater difficulty sleeping and a feeling of rapid heartbeat.
6. Increased vaginal secretion
It is normal for a woman to feel her vagina getting wetter throughout the months of pregnancy. However, with delivery even closer, this feeling of wetness can intensify even more with the loss of the so-called mucus plug.
“There is more vaginal secretion, mucous and usually accompanied by a little blood. This means that the cervix is being modified, but not necessarily that the pregnant woman is going into labor”, says Beatriz.
In some cases, it is possible that the exit of this tampon indicates the beginning of labor, but they must be accompanied by other signs (check them all here) and it is always worth consulting your doctor to know what care to take and if it is already time to leave for the hospital.
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This text is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide diagnoses or solutions to medical or psychological problems. If in doubt, consult a specialist before starting any type of treatment.
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