Four things you need to know about prodomal labor

It’s the final weeks of pregnancy and you are in the home stretch. Your thoughts have probably drifted to labor and how you will actually know it is “go time.”

Maybe you’ve had some contractions here and there. They don’t hurt but maybe they do? Maybe they feel like something is going on in there?

It could be prodomal labor. But how do you know if your baby is about to make his or her debut?

Here are four things you need to know about prodomal labor. Read on:

What is it?

Prodomal labor IS real labor, but it may or may not cause any cervical change. It’s different than Braxton Hicks, in that it can actually hurt, become regular and dilate your cervix, but it won’t get stronger or closer together. It’s more of a training exercise for your uterus!

Is it doing anything in there?

Yes, maybe! How is that for an answer? For some women, prodomal labor will bring on cervical change and dilation; for others it won’t. It can last for a few days before delivery – or a few weeks.

When should I call my midwife or doctor?

If you are having regular prodomal labor, you might be wondering if you should call your doctor or midwife. The answer to that really varies. If your water breaks, your contractions become too painful to talk through or if you have blood, call your midwife or OB. Otherwise, use this time to practice coping mechanisms for the main event.

What causes it?

It’s really hard to say exactly what causes prodomal labor, but the best guess is that baby is trying really hard to get into position for birth, causing these contractions. If you are having prodomal labor, there are things you can do to help move baby into a different position, like walking around or bouncing on an exercise ball.

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