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How to Tell When Labor Begins

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How to Tell When Labor Begins

Dr. Lorenzo, with Complete Healthcare for Women in Richland, WA, and Kortney Jones, ARNP, a highly skilled nurse practitioner specializing in women's health would like to discuss a topic that's crucial for every expectant mother:

How to tell when labor begins? 

Most women give birth between 38 and 41 weeks of pregnancy. However, the onset of labor isn't always clear-cut, and it can be challenging to determine when it's time to head to the hospital. Understanding the signs of labor can help you be better prepared and ensure a safer delivery.

The first sign of labor is often contractions. Unlike Braxton Hicks contractions, which are irregular and can be felt throughout pregnancy, true labor contractions come at regular intervals and get closer together over time. They also increase in intensity and continue regardless of your activity level. Another sign of labor is the "water breaking" or the rupture of the amniotic sac. This can feel like a gush of fluid or a steady trickle. If you suspect your water has broken, contact Dr. Lorenzo immediately, even if you're not experiencing contractions. 

Changes in the cervix, such as effacement (thinning) and dilation (opening), are also indicative of labor. These changes are usually checked during routine prenatal visits in the final weeks of pregnancy. Lastly, you may experience a "bloody show" or a discharge of mucus and blood

from your vagina. This is a sign that the cervix is changing in preparation for birth. Remember, every woman's labor experience is unique. If you're unsure whether you're in labor, it's always best to reach out to us at Complete Healthcare for Women, we are committed to supporting you throughout your pregnancy journey.

Complete Healthcare for Women - Obstetrics and Gynecology


Richard Lorenzo, D.O.

Kortney Jones ARNP

Dr. Lorenzo Richard Lorenzo, DO Dr. Lorenzo is also a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He provides gynecological and obstetric services, including prenatal care, pregnancy care, infertility, and gynecology. Dr. Lorenzo is proficient in advanced surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive procedures, as well as surgery for abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, and hysterectomy. He has specialized training in high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgical techniques, including minimally invasive hysterectomy.

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