Pregnancy symptoms and Labor signs

Published: 14th April 2010
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For most women pregnancy is the most exciting time in their life and the symptoms begin for some women immediately after conception in different ways.

However, there are signs and symptoms to watch out for which include missed menstrual period, frequent urination, temperature changes, food and smell aversions, body discomforts, fatigue and tiredness, breast tenderness, constipation, darkness of areola, morning sickness (nausea and vomiting). But the best sign that a woman is pregnant is a positive pregnancy test taken anytime from 3 - 4weeks after the last ovulation to avoid false negative.

Pregnancy symptoms can be confusing in some cases prior before this test and my advice is that if you are not sure whether you are pregnant, do not hesitate to see your doctor for medical advice.

Labor signs

Labor is the process when contractions of the uterus tends to push the baby down through the birth canal. It is important to know that every labor is different in duration and progression from woman to woman and from birth to birth.

Many women, especially those with their first baby do not actually know when they are in labor, but understanding the typical signs of labor will definitely help them know what to expect as the due date approaches.

We have two types of labor pains

1, False labor pain

This pain usually occurs before 36weeks of pregnancy and it sometimes include the following:

- Discharge of watery fluid from vagina

- Discharge containing thick mucus or slightly bloody

- Constant severe pain

- Painful back ache

- Irregular menstrual-like cramps

- Feeling as if the baby has settled deep into the pelvis

11, Active labor pain

This occurs when the patient is experiencing continuous contractions

- If contractions occur at regular interval

- If contractions last for more than 60seconds, at every 5 -10minutes

- If contractions are regular, severe and radiate throughout the abdomen

- If membrane is ruptured "water breaks" resulting from continuous contractions

Suggested pain relief methods during labor

1, Natural pain relief - some women choose to deliver their baby without using any pain relief medication. They sometimes rely on advice recommended by midwife, loved ones, learn relaxation techniques or find comfortable position.

11, Medical pain relief - here we have a number of medical options which your doctor/midwife normally decide based on the present health condition of the patient.

a, Intravenous analgesic - this involves drugs being administered to the patient to help relief pains during labor.

b, Pudenda block - here numb medicine is injected into the vagina and pudenda nerve to reduce pains and keep the patient alert.

c, Epidural anesthesia - this is injected in the lower spine to block pains of contractions and pains from other parts of the body. It allows most patients to be awake and alert with little or no pain during labor.

d, Spinal anesthesia - this is mostly used during cesarean sections, and is injected in the spine to numb the entire body for immediate relief.

In conclusion, since pregnancy symptoms and labor signs are vital in women anatomy I always advice the patient to consult an expert for final assessment.

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