Going through the initial pangs of labor in familiar
surroundings has its advantages, the main being the
comfort of your home when you are anxiety-ridden.
Though your apprehension may make you want to rush
to the hospital at the first sign or twinge you experience,
the general advice is the longer you stay at home
Being anxious at a time like this is only natural
and you would want to be in familiar surroundings
that offers comfort. A hospital atmosphere is only
going to intensify the unease, and added to that if
you arrive too early there is a good chance that you
will be sent back home.
in familiar surroundings has its advantages
- you'll be surrounded by your home
comforts, and birth props. A birth ball
is a prop some women find useful in
labor as you can lie on it, rock on
it or lean over it for support.
Routine questions at
When you get there you'll be asked a series of questions
about your progress with labor so far. Typical questions
include the following -
A) Whether your waters have broken (if yes, the
fluid may be tested)
B) Whether you have had a show or any vaginal bleeding
C) If you've experienced any contractions and its
details When you last ate
is important to get rest and conserve
energy until you are in full labor.
Having your blood pressure, pulse and temperature
checked and you'll be asked for a urine sample to
test for protein (a sign of pre-eclampsia).
internal examination to see if your cervix has dilated
at all (if it hasn't you may be advised to return
home until you're in active labor).
or nurse-midwife will feel your tummy at some point
to check your baby's position. If you're found to
be in established labor, you'll be admitted.
Time to go
If your contractions are coming every 5 to 15 minutes
and lasts about 45 seconds to one minute each, does
not die off despite you moving around, and this
pattern has persisted for over an hour, you need
to call your doctor. There is no need to rush or
panic because the first stage of labor can last
anyway from 8 to 14 hours, (unless distance to the
hospital is a factor).
your OB-GYN or hospital if your waters
break, or your contractions are five
minutes apart and get stronger over
time, or if you experience any vaginal