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When To Get To The Hospital In Labour
When To Get To The Hospital In Labour

How do I understand that it is time to get admitted

When To Get To The Hospital In Labour?

All first time mothers fear how exactly their labour would be. Will they have enough time to be able to reach the hospital and have a perfect delivery?

The truth is, labour onset is generally quiet slow, and would give you quite a bit of time to be able to reach the hospital. Labour typically starts in one of these ways -

  • Bloody show by the passing of mucus filling the neck of the cervix through the vagina
  • Breaking of the water
  • Regular contractions - progressing from mild to stronger ones accompanied with back ache

On facing any of these symptoms, do contact your doctor or the hospital. Make sure you also contact your hospital immediately if you have any vaginal bleeding, do not feel the movements of the baby, water break has occurred, seizures or intense abdominal/stomach pain before your 38th week.

Braxton Hicks aka Fake Contractions

Almost all women experience fake contractions at least some time during their pregnancy. Such a contraction is not associated with labour. Unlike real labour they are irregular and do not lead to dilation of the cervix. There is no method to stop real labour and they generally last for a short time reappearing at irregular intervals.

Real Contractions

These contractions are regular in time interval spacing. They would get intense with passing of time. You should be prepared for mild pain progressing to excruciating pain. The duration and intensity of each contraction also increases with passing of time, the later contractions almost coming back to back.

When having contractions, what you are expected to do is this - time them with the help of a stop watch. Note how much time each contraction lasts and after how much time they reappear. These are the first questions the doctor/hospital would ask you when you call them. Based on your answers, they might tell you to wait or get admitted.

When To Go In

The ideal time to go in is once your active labour is in progress. That means your contractions should be around 3 to 5 minutes apart and this pattern has been consistent for more than an hour.

In first time mothers, the signs of when to go to the hospital is quiet ambiguous, so just be cautious and aware of all kinds of possibilities.