Signs of Labor

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How will you know when you are in labor?

Labor is different for every woman.  Here are some general rules that may help you know when you are in labor:

  • Your uterus will tighten and relax – this is a contraction.
  • Contractions may begin in your lower back and move around both sides to your lower abdomen.
  • When you notice that you are having regular contractions, start timing them
  • When they are coming regularly (every 3 to 5 minutes) or you are unable to walk due to the contraction pain, notify me.

What happens if your bag of water breaks?

When your bag of water breaks, there may be a sudden gush of fluid from your vagina or you may have uncontrollable, continuous leaking. Go directly to labor and delivery.

You may pass your mucus plug up to 1 to 2 weeks before going into labor; this is thick and not watery. Sometimes it is blood tinged. This is OK. It is not necessary to call; however, if there is any question, please contact the office.

When should you go to labor and delivery?

  • Regular or painful contractions
  • Uncontrollable leakage of fluid or a gush of fluid
  • Vaginal bleeding (other than spotting)
  • Headache that does not resolve with Tylenol
  • Visual changes including “floaters”
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Any other significant concerns

Who and how do you contact me?

If you have an emergency or an urgent question, call my office at 972.566.4555. You should receive a return phone call within 15 minutes. If you do not receive a return phone call, you may leave another message and/or contact Medical City Dallas Labor & Delivery.

If you have a non-urgent message or question, please call the office during normal business hours. Regular office hours are Monday – Thursday from 09:00 am to 4:30 pm and Friday from 09:00 am to 12:00 pm.