What Are The Symptoms of Labour Pain?

Labor pain symptoms can vary, but common signs include:

  • Contractions: Regular and increasingly frequent contractions that become stronger over time. These contractions are often described as feeling like intense menstrual cramps.
  • Back Pain: Some women experience lower back pain that comes and goes.
  • Water Breaking: Your amniotic sac may rupture, causing a gush or trickle of fluid. This is often referred to as your “water breaking.”
  • Bloody Show: A pink or blood-tinged mucus discharge might occur as your cervix begins to dilate.
  • Pelvic Pressure: You might feel increased pressure and a sensation of your baby moving lower into the pelvis.
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms: Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting can occur as labor approaches.
  • Cervical Changes: Your cervix will gradually dilate and efface (thin out) as labor progresses, which can be checked by a healthcare provider.

Remember that every woman’s experience is different, and not everyone will have all of these symptoms. If you suspect you’re in labor, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider or go to the hospital for evaluation and guidance.