It is a month or sobefore she is due that a pregnant woman’s body begins to be getting ready for theactual childbirth. There are some signs, however, that are so faint the womanmay not acknowledge she is on the verge of giving birth, and it is important thatshe is aware of them to be prepared for the grand day.
An increase invaginal discharge is one of the early signs. Thisrelease can change, and from thick and cloudy become clear and watery when awomen is about to give childbirth. A yellow tinge may indicate an infection andit is important to contact a health professional straightaway in this case.
Diarrhea and Nausea
Hormonal alterations clean the pregnant woman’s body inorder to allow the baby to move down and out of the body. When the womb andcervix soften and expand, the bowels can also experience similar changes, leadingto nausea and/or diarrhea. This is usually felt a few days or hours before the childbirth.
Dropping the Baby
As the womb becomes all the more delicate as thedelivery-date is nearing, a mother may experience more comfort. This is becausethe baby moves further down and mother gets to breathe more easily even withthe increased pressure on the bladder. This is known as ‘engagement’ and occursa few hours before going into actual labor.
Those are the sure signs of going into labor, as the cervixneeds to enlarge during the childbirth, to be able to have the baby pushed outof the uterus. This enlargement can start several days or even months beforethe childbirth and the cervix also becomes soft. As those alterations are notperceptible, they can be confirmed only by the pregnant woman‘s doctor.
Braxton Hick's Contractions
A woman may feelpainless (or mildly unpleasant) contractions weeks before the well-knownpainful ones and before she goes into labor. Called Braxton Hick'scontractions, they are irregular and far less intensive than those during theactual labor and can be eased by changing the position or drinking some water.
Apart from these, a woman may also experience a small lossin her weight (up to three pounds), pain in lower back, uneasiness in legs orsurges of energy. Also, perhaps most importantly, she could experience the so-called nestinginstinct, which essentially means that the pregnant woman is increasinglyensuring everything is ready for the baby.