Worried About Not Getting to The Hospital on Time
Women are afraid of not getting to the hospital on time, especially in the big cities in the 34th week of pregnancy. If pregnant women do not recognize symptoms of labor and do not take action on time, you may give birth at home, in the car or on the road. However, it is impossible to not get to the hospital on time for women who especially have had a first pregnancy. Each pain and water breaking do not mean that birth has begun. Pregnant women should inform their doctors in these cases and, they should go to the hospital after all preparations are made. However, if it is their second, third and later birth, the expectant mothers should behave faster. While the number of births increases, the time of delivery is shortened.
The most important symptom of birth is the first labor contractions. These pains starting from the tailbone spread towards the abdomen and wrap the body of the pregnant woman like a girdle.
The first cramp lasts 20-30 seconds then it becomes more frequent stronger. When cramps begin to occur regularly (every 10 minutes), it is time to go to the hospital. The most definite symptom of labor is that the cervix becomes thinner and wider. If your water break, even if there are no pains, it means that the birth has started. In this case, the only thing that should be done is to go to the hospital as soon as possible.
24 – 48 hours before birth
The most definite symptom of labor telling that the baby is on the way is the loss of mucous plug which keeps the cervix closed. The color of this vaginal discharge is red. You begin to feel these pains more strongly, and the time between each wave will be smaller. In the last months of pregnancy, you may experience contractions varying in strength and duration in your lower abdomen and pelvis with position change, they are called false labor contractions When you move closer to the second stage of childbirth, these false labor contractions turn into true birth contractions which are stronger and more intense, and these contractions which last longer (30- 60 seconds), occur at regular intervals, not stop with resting start at the lower part of the back and spread to the abdomen. If contractions or water break occurs in every five minutes and lasting longer than one minute, you have to consult with a doctor immediately.
Your cervix will begin to dilate in the last months of pregnancy. Your doctor will understand this situation in a pelvic examination. The cervix should be fully dilated to 10 cm and it also should be 100 percent effaced to give delivery.
It is considered normal to have some decrease in baby movements in the last period of pregnancy. However, if there is a significant decrease in baby movements (less than 10 per hour) or if the baby is not moving at all, you need to consult with your doctor immediately.