When is it time to go to the hospital?
The bag is packed, patience is fading away, you are ready. But when is it really time to go?
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The first stage of childbirth usually starts with labour pain and contractions. Initially, they may be a bit irregular, but will soon become more frequent and more powerful. It’s time to go to the hospital when the contractions are about three minutes apart and last for about a minute. Call the hospital and describe your progress. Childbirth may also start with slight bleeding from the vagina when the cervix starts to open. Many people have the perception that labour starts with a discharge of the amniotic fluid, but only one in ten births start that way.
If you are worried or feeling unwell, you should contact the hospital well in advance for advice and guidance. The midwife will ask questions to try to determine your progress and whether it is time to go to the hospital or not. Remember that you are the best judge of how you feel and how you perceive changes in your body. If you feel you can’t handle it or if you feel convinced the baby is about to arrive, be persistent and demand to be taken to the hospital, even if you may have to wait a few hours or even be sent back home again, once you are there.
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