Childbirth is an amazing feat, but regardless of all our advances in modern medicine, it's often unpredictable and labor can begin in the most inopportune times. Mine began very early in the morning of new year's eve. I naively thought I might be welcoming a baby before the start of a brand new year, but my stubborn little one took a while to arrive. In fact, I didn't meet my baby until two days later.
When I asked moms to share exactly what they were thinking when they went into labor, I found we shared many of the same emotions and initial thoughts, like apprehension and nerves tempered with the excitement of meeting our new babies. Labor can happen just about anywhere, and the moms I spoke to started their journey into motherhood in a variety of places. Some were woken from their sleep to find their waters had broken, others were away from home, at work or on public transit, when the first symptoms of labor began.
These symptoms can include:
- back pain
- vaginal discharge
- Loss of mucous plug/waters break
If you experience these signs, it's a good idea to contact your health care provider and they can tell you the next steps. You may feel a variety of emotions at this time, which could include any of the following: