Its nervous times for you as the big day approaches and you just can't help it. There would be constant quibbles with your significant other and the ever increasing phone calls to your doctor because you just can't hold all that anxiety in.
Within days/weeks of your due date, your body will start to experience many things. One of which is the Prodromal labor. The interpretation of a prodromal labor has always been inconsistent. So, let us break-it-down for you.
What is Prodromal labor?
In many cases, prodromal labor has been defined as a pre-labor, latent labor, etc. Prodromal labor is a phenomenon where you experience signs of true labor like contractions(may also be irregular), minimum cervical dilation, but you are actually not in true labor.
In other words, true labor is preceded by prodromal labor.
What could it be mistaken as?
Often times, prodromal labor can be mistaken as Braxton Hicks contractions. These contractions are often painless whose purpose is to prepare the uterus for the big day. These contractions can often be differentiated as don't get longer, stronger and only bears a cursory semblance to real labor, whereas Prodromal bears a strong semblance to real labor.
When does it occur?
Prodromal labor can be experienced in hours/days prompting to true labor. Few women experience prodromal labor for weeks leading to his labors.
How do you know if its prodromal labor?
Prodromal labor is accompanied by contractions(which could be mild or strong). These contractions during a prodromal labor are erratic in their frequency and duration but only up to 5 minutes.
You can experience pelvic pressure, abdominal tightening, vaginal discharge, and spotting.
Hence, to summarize, Prodromal labor is accompanied by contractions that don't develop into true labor/delivery.
Causes of Prodromal labor
Birth professionals think that prodromal labor is typically caused by your body and the position of your baby as your body would be trying to get your baby into the best position for birth. It would be satisfactory for your baby to be facing your back.
There are also instances where prodromal labor is caused due to stress, physical activity, or a tiring day.
How do you cope with prodromal labor
Prodromal labor is very exhausting, especially for a mom that is pregnant for more than 8 months. The confusion caused by prodromal labor is very taxing on you mentally and physically. Therefore, here are some ways for you to ease away your fatigue:
- Therapeutic rest: Sleep for a few hours by taking a medicine might just be enough to rest your mind and body.
- Hydration and hydrotherapy.
Basically, any activity that allows your body to relax like Acupuncture, yoga, position changes, meditation etc can be helpful.
You can also try distracting yourself with some work, household chores, or by indulging in your hobbies.
For more options, you can contact your doctor and take his opinion.
It is ultimately a good thing to experience prodromal labor as it is a representative of the fact that the process of relieving you of your pregnancy by the arrival of your baby is set into motion. Your sacrifice for nine months is finally about to bear fruit and there could be no better closure for you.