When to Go to the Hospital for Labor


So, you’re finished with your “getting ready for baby” checklist, and you’ve packed your hospital bag for mom complete with the best maternity pajamas! What happens next? You’re probably wondering when to go to the hospital for labor! The bad news is that it’s now a waiting game.

Are These Active Labor Contractions or Did I Overeat At Dinner?

I’d read the books, talked to my midwives, and felt confident I knew how to time contractions the right way.

Do Your Research and Listen to YOUR Body

 Do your research, understand the signs, and be prepared for what your body might do when your baby is ready to make his or her big debut.

Symptoms of Labour Pain in the 9th Month

Please, PLEASE, keep the following in mind: every woman’s labor experience is different! While you might experience these symptoms of labour pain in the 9th month, there’s a good chance you’ll only notice some or even none.

What Happens 24-Hours Before Labor Begins?

Later that night, I began noticing the tell-tale signs of actual labor…consistent contractions was coming every 7-10 minutes. I finally realized the “strangeness” I’d been experiencing was simply the beginning of my labor.

How Do I Know If My Water Broke?

First off, do a smell test. Yes, I know it sounds disgusting, but smelling the liquid can actually be beneficial. If instead of smelling like urine, amniotic fluid has no smell or a sweet scent, there’s a good chance it’s your amniotic fluid.

Learning How to Time Contractions

In fact, for most first-time moms, early labor will often last anywhere from 6 – 12 hours, and active labor can take up to another 8 hours, on average. It’s essential to figure out how to time contractions to ensure you’re in the active labor stage.

What are Active Labor Contractions?

Active labor contractions usually start when your cervix has dilated to approximately 6cm. They become more regular and easier to keep track of, often coming every 3 minutes or so.

Emergency Reasons to Go to Labor and Delivery 

If you experience any of the following symptoms or situations, head to the ER or call your doctor as soon as possible: - Decline in fetal movement - Intense vomiting - Vaginal bleeding, especially if it’s more than just a minimal amount in your discharge

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