Is Nausea A Sign Of Labor? How to Tell If It Really Is?
If you are in your third trimester, the big day is coming. The thing you have to do is trust your body. Your body carried your baby for 9 months; it went changes and preparation to develop the baby successfully and also to deliver it successfully. How do you really know that your labor will begin? Is nausea a sign of labor? What are the other signs?
In this article, I am going to address those questions to help you in your labor preparation. Just like what most of the mothers would say, you can never really standardize the feelings and experiences you get at this stage of pregnancy.
The factors that can affect the course of your labor are your nutrition, health; shape and size of your pelvis, presentation of baby and of course your preparations like relaxation and practice of exercise. The emotional response people will give you also affects the course of your labor.
Is Nausea a Sign of Labor?
Every woman’s labor is unique. An experience of one is different from another, due to the factors I mentioned earlier. No one can tell you or explain to you what it would be like exactly. However, there are signs prior to labor that will tell you it’s already approaching. Remember, one of the few first signs doesn’t directly involve agonizing contractions and water breakings like we see on the big screen.
One of the signs that your labor is approaching is nausea or nauseous sensation. It is usually accompanied by indigestion and vomiting commonly one day or so before your labor begins. You will experience loose bowel movements and other flu-like symptoms; it’s like having a fever without a fever.
One of the experiences of women is that they had a headache on this particular day and it turned into a migraine. By the next day, they woke up feeling crappy and vomiting. Then, there’s nausea that doesn’t get off easily. After the nauseous sensation, they usually have cramps; nausea is back again, then loose bowel movements.
Nausea is a sign of labor coupled with another sick feeling because the body is cleansing itself before the labor. However, the labor is not that close as you are expecting like 5 or 6 hours away. To make sure, you can call the hospital.
Other First Signs of Labor
1. Back Pain
Back pains are normal to experience during the pregnancy because of the softening of tissues and muscles due to hormonal level. But when labor begins, a pronounced back pain could also pulse with the contractions.
Regular and strong contractions are the most tell-tale sign of pregnancy. Labor contractions usually last for more than 30 seconds and it frequently comes back every 4-5 minutes. If the contractions become patterned, labor could be approaching.
3. Feeling of Pressure/Fullness
If the baby is ready to be born, a feeling of pressure will be clearly felt. One of the signs of this pressure is the feeling of having a bowel movement.
4. Drop off the Pregnant Tummy
If you are on the last days of your pregnancy, your tummy will clearly drop. The drop will relieve the pressure on the lungs and stomach in order to make the mother breathe and eat easily.
5. Loss of Cervical Plug
There is a plug which blocks the end of the cervix and before labor is usually falling out, but not necessarily always and to all women. Losing that plug might mean that you will go into labor soon, though the loss of cervical plug can happen many days before the actual labor. Sometimes the plug is lost while you are going to the bathroom but it can be seen in your panties.
6. Breaking the Bag of Waters
If labor is about to happen, the amniotic sac will break or leak. If there is water or fluid leaking from your vagina, it’s urgent to tell the obstetrician immediately. Once it is broken, birth is the only option.
7. Cramping and Bloody Discharge
One of the first labor pains or signs is like menstrual cramps. If you notice a bloody discharge, this could be due to the loss of cervical plug.
Let’s recap it again. Nausea is a sign of labor, with a couple of other things like water breaking, cramps, loss of cervical plug and others I already mentioned. I hope that the information I shared with you is informative enough. Again, I will emphasize that labor is different from one woman to another.
You have to prepare yourself for the process and of course, you need the emotional response you will really need. Labor is painful, and that is only an understatement of the whole experience. But after it, seeing your baby is the most wonderful feeling there is.
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