Pregnant and tired of waiting? The experts tell us which
signs indicate that the wait is soon over and the birth
is soon underway.
From the first signs that you are
pregnant to the end, many pregnant women are
experiencing some physical ailments.
- The signs that the birth is in progress are very
individual from woman to woman. There are several signs
that the birth is approaching, but it is no good that it
is around the corner, says Johannson.
Obstetrician n and author n of the book A
New Life. Everything about pregnancy, childbirth and
maternity Thorbjørn Brook Steen explains that all
pregnant women will experience various bodily changes
the days before birth.
" All these changes are signs that the body matures
and is ready to give birth," says Brook Steen.
10 signs that the birth is approaching:
1. More powerful and more frequent amplifiers
The last weeks of pregnancy, the pregnant woman often
experiences irregular, painless contractions in the
uterus. Contrary to pain, the precursors do not affect
the cervix and do not open the cervix. Pain is also
called for false pain.
- Some women feel that the contractions become stronger
and more frequent as the birth approaches, explains
The obstetrician explains that regular contractions are
a sign that the birth is approaching.
- When you have contractions that last between 30
seconds to one minute, and between two and three
contractions in ten minutes, you can call the delivery
department. Then it goes from being contractions to
painters, says Brook Steen. Visit Bestaah
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2. The amniotic fluid goes
Inside the womb lies the baby well protected in a
transparent bag full of amniotic fluid - protected by
the amniotic membrane that prevents leakage. At birth
there is a hole in this bag and the amniotic fluid runs
- R about 10 percent of the pregnant women have water
discharge before the painters, while 90 percent may have
pain before the amniotic fluid runs. Many people believe
that amniotic fluid is a sign that the birth is in
progress, but the woman is not "in childbirth" until she
has pain, the obstetrician says.
3. Menstrual pain
- Many women experience menstrual pain at the end of
pregnancy. This is part of the maturation process in
which the cervix is shortened and softened the closer
you get the birth.
4. The mucus plugs
Some women experience some thin movements towards the
end of pregnancy and some experience pink-colored mucus,
possibly together with a few drops of blood, a few days
- This occurs when the cervix begins to get ready, that
is, the cervix softens and shortens. This is a sure sign
that the birth is approaching, but it can still take
both one and two weeks before the birth starts, explains
5. Increased pressure down, lower back and abdominal
Birth physician Brook Steen explains that increased
downward pressure and lower back and abdominal pain are
common pains as the birth approaches.
- The pain moves down the body and women often
experience pain deep in the back, increased downward
pressure and pelvic pain. These pains occur when the
child moves down the birth canal, the obstetrician
According to midwife Johansson, many women feel that
they are feeling nauseous as their pregnancy approaches.
But this is not a sign that the birth is in progress.
- Towards the end of pregnancy, there is a tight and
poor place in the stomach. When the fetus presses
against the stomach and intestines, you may feel nausea.
However, many become nauseated and can vomit when the
painters have started and are starting to become really
strong and powerful, Johansson explains.
7. Loose stomach
- Many people feel that they are loose in the stomach
the days before birth. It is the body that empties
itself to make room for the baby, explains the midwife.
8. Extra energy
- Some women find that they get some extra energy at
the end of the pregnancy, and suddenly feel like
cleaning the house, washing windows and baking. But if
there are signs that the birth is approaching or not, I
can't answer, says the midwife, adding that many are
also pretty worn out after a long pregnancy.
- It can be good to rest a lot and happy to sleep a bit
during the days. You never know if the birth will start
the next night, advises midwife Johansson.
9. Change in activity
- The movements of the baby will be different towards
the end of pregnancy when it is crowded: but you should
still recognize the pattern of alertness in your own
baby. If you feel that the movements calm down
significantly from before, you should contact the
midwife or doctor, Johansson says.
10. You get a fuller facial feature
- Some people say that they can see that a woman gets
a so-called childbirth face, but this, like everything
else, is very individual. Some may feel that they become
a little rounder in the face the days before childbirth,
says the midwife.
Facts about pregnancy and signs of childbirth
- A pregnancy usually lasts between 37 and 42
weeks. In cases where the birth occurs before week
37, it is a premature birth, so-called premature
- Many people get stressed if they go a day over
time, but in fact only 4 percent give birth on a
- Around ten percent of pregnant women have water
discharge before pain, while 90 percent may pain
before amniotic fluid.
- Sure signs that the birth is in progress or
close at hand: aches, water discharge, lower back
and abdominal pain, increased downward pressure and
increase in floods and often slightly pink-colored
- Tired of waiting? Sex can speed up childbirth,
but only if the body is ready for childbirth. The
housewife tip about going down stairs to start
giving birth does not help.
- The birth will not start at the hospital before
week 41 + 2, unless you have passed 40 years. Then
you start earlier.