labourIt’s finally happening! You begin to feel active labour Contractions and it’s time to go to the hospital. Know when it is a true a labour that warrants a hospital admission.

True Labour

  • A ‘bloody show’ may be the first sign, often along with Crampy pains.
  • Contractions get stronger, come more often and last longer.
  • Contractions persist and beCome stronger, even with Walking or changing position.

False labour

  • No ‘bloody show’ or Crampy pains.
  • Contractions are irregular and not strong or lasting.
  • Walking or changing activity relieves the discomfort and the Contractions may stop.

Going to the hospital

If no complications are expected during delivery, you may have your baby in a birthing room, a delivery room that looks like a home setting, but is fully equipped for your baby’s birth. You will be examined by a nurse to see how you and your baby are responding to labour.

hospital_birthing_room-800x405Vaginal exam

This examination is done from time to time to see how your labour is progressing. Dilation and thinning of the opening of your uterus (cervix) are noted.

Vital signs

While in the birthing room, your contractions, blood pressure, temperature and pulse will be checked regularly You Will be monitored especially closely if you are diabetic or if you require Special attention for pre-eclampsia or other medical condition

Supportive measures

Foetal monitor

Some hospitals may use foetal monitors to give information on the baby before birth. The baby’s heartbeat may be monitored externally through your abdomen or by an electrode attached directly to the baby’s head through your vagina. The machines chart shows the strength, regularity and rate of the baby’s heartbeat, as well as the contractions of your uterus.

Intravenous feeding

Your doctor will probably not want you to eat solid foods while you are in active labour. To maintain your strength and avoid dehydration, you may be encouraged to drink liquids or Suck On ice chips. Fluids may also be given to you through intravenous feeding.

packing-hospital-bag-pregnancyPacking check list

Pack these items a few Weeks before your due date:

  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • A Comfortable robe or nightgown
  • A bra or two With good support.
  • Maternity underpants
  • Toiletries.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Going-home outfits (for you and your newborn).
  • A receiving blanket.
  • Diapers