When is it time to go to the hospital?

Your bag is packed, patience is running out, and motivation is at its peak. When is actually the right time to go?

Jenny Jansson

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Reviewed by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife

When is it time to go to the hospital?Photo:Preggers

Childbirth usually starts with contractions. In the beginning, the contractions can be irregular but will soon become closer together and more powerful.

  • When your contractions are spaced five to ten minutes apart, it's time to call the hospital.

  • When your contractions come in three to five-minute intervals (two if you have been through birth before) it is time to go into the hospital.

Always call the maternity ward and speak with a midwife to describe your contractions before you go in. The midwife will ask questions to determine whether it is time to go in or not. Do not forget that you know yourself and your body best, and if you feel like you cannot handle more or if you are worried, insist that you go in for a checkup knowing that you may need to be sent home again if everything looks fine and the midwife judges that you are not yet ready.

If you are before week 37 of your pregnancy, always call the hospital if:

  • You are bleeding
  • You have stomach pains that do not stop
  • Your water may have broken
  • You start having contractions
Jenny Jansson

Reviewed by Jenny Jansson

Certified midwife

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