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How can you tell the difference between a real delivery and an apparent delivery?

How can you tell the difference between a real delivery and an apparent delivery?


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Although probably many future mothers at the time of confirmation of pregnancy by a doctor, it seems that they will have to wait a very long time to welcome a new family member in the world, in fact this time will pass in the blink of an eye. Medical visits, check-ups, childbirth school, preparation of the baby's room and hospital lay will be so absorbing that suddenly the deadline will become very
close. In the last weeks of pregnancy, many future mothers (especially those awaiting the birth of their first baby) are looking forward to the day of delivery. Then in their thoughts questions appear all the time: is it the right time, what will the delivery look like, how do I recognize that it is already starting, or when to go to the hospital? This tense expectation often causes pregnant women to incorrectly recognize the feelings that have been going on in the last days before delivery and mistakenly believe that labor is just beginning. This situation is called sham delivery and it happens more often than one would expect. To calm down future moms who are worried about whether they recognize "this moment" properly, we have prepared a short guidebook that will help to distinguish between the symptoms of true and apparent delivery - enjoy reading.

What are the feelings of sham delivery?

Apparent delivery are feelings and symptoms that are not associated with the actual commencement of labor. The expectant mother, however, misinterprets them and identifies them with the symptoms that accompany real delivery. Most often, the signs of apparent delivery that may confuse a pregnant woman include:

  • the appearance of brown vaginal discharge - the opening of the cervix in the case of real delivery causes the departure of the so-called mucous plug - a gelatinous light, pink or bloody creature that the pregnant woman notices in her underwear.
  • no outflow of amniotic fluid - after the departure of the mucous plug (which will not always be noticed by the future mother), during the actual start of the labor campaign, the outflow of the amniotic fluid usually occurs - this is a symptom, which, as freshly baked mothers say, cannot be mistaken (but it should be remembered that in some cases of bladder rupture
    and the outflow of fetal waters occurs only when labor is more advanced).
  • feeling abdominal pain - Abdominal pains located in the lower abdomen do not indicate that labor has begun and should not be confused with labor contractions. The pain associated with labor and delivery begins in the sacral region and moves to the lower abdomen.
  • the appearance of non-characteristic contractions - irregular contractions that do not increase in strength and do not occur at increasingly short intervals, are not labor contractions. In addition, during such contractions, the fetal movements intensify, and they completely disappear when walking, gentle exercise or changing position (in the case of real labor contractions, such actions may slightly alleviate the pain, but they do not completely eliminate it).

Although the above-mentioned symptoms may disturb the future mother and seem to be starting labor, they are in fact only indicators of sham delivery.

Starting a real delivery - when to go to the hospital?

In order not to panic when signs of apparent delivery occur, every expectant mother waiting for a solution should know how to recognize the actual start of delivery and when to go to the hospital.

A real birth begins when:

  • the mucus plug has departed and / or the amniotic fluid has drained out.
  • you have regular cramps of increasing intensity and in increasingly shorter intervals - they do not disappear when changing positions, exercising and while walking, may be accompanied by diarrhea.

If you experience these symptoms, you need to go to the hospital as soon as possible, because the baby awaited for so long may come.

It should also be remembered that an immediate visit to the hospital is also necessary in the case of:

  • drainage of brown, blood or green fetal waters.
  • occurrence of a very severe headache - it may be a sign of a preeclampsia that is dangerous for the mother and child.
  • vaginal bleeding - most often it is caused by premature detachment of the placenta or a placenta.
  • no sensation of fetal movement.

Although the last days before the solution may be filled with uncertainty, fears and impatient waiting for the birth of the long-awaited baby, we hope that our article will allow future mothers to take some peace and
that after reading it without error they will be able to distinguish the start of a real birth from the apparent one.