The birth is starting: the first symptoms

After nine months of pregnancy, most women look forward to childbirth, or the moment they are delivered from their baby in their womb. The moment of delivery cannot be predicted in advance. There are various signals that indicate that a birth will not take long. This article describes the first signs of labor and some fun and interesting facts.

  • Calculated date
  • A mucus plug
  • The breaking of the waters
  • Pre-contractions
  • Dilation contractions
  • Contractions


Calculated date

The due date is of course one of the most important signals that a birth is coming. Only 5% of all deliveries take place on the due date. A birth can surprise you if it starts earlier than the due date and after the due date has passed, there is uncertainty about when the birth will take place. In any case, no longer than two weeks after the due date, because then measures will probably be taken to help the birth start.

A mucus plug

To prevent infections, a mucus plug forms in the cervix during pregnancy. Softening the cervix at the end of pregnancy can cause the mucus plug to loosen. Losing the mucus plug (which does not happen to every woman) is therefore a signal that the end of the pregnancy is approaching. However, it may take a few days or even two weeks.

The breaking of the waters

In a quarter of women, their waters break before giving birth. Sometimes the amniotic fluid comes out little by little, but it is also possible that the amniotic fluid comes out with a large splash. The smell of amniotic fluid is unmistakable and very sweet. It is important to look carefully at the amniotic fluid. If this smell is not sweet or transparent, the baby may have pooped in the amniotic fluid. Always call a midwife or your doctor if your water has broken. The birth usually takes place within 24 hours.


Most women suffer from pre-contractions. These are contractions that do not continue, do cause some menstrual pain, but nothing else. This type of contractions does not cause further dilation. Rest can provide some relief.

Dilation contractions

When the contractions start, you may not recognize them immediately or you may want to wait for the next one to be sure. Contractions come on like a wave and then subside. The first comes on like a bit of menstrual pain and then slowly subsides. The next one is a little clearer and then decreases again. If this pattern continues, you know that contractions have started. And yes, contractions will become more and more painful, but when you realize that it is a wave of pain over and over again, you know that the pain will get worse at first, but then decrease and fade away. When you realize that, you can surrender to the contractions. After all, you now know that although the pain will come, it will quickly subside. Acceptance of this teaches that women can cope better with the pain and the delivery proceeds better. Resisting the pain only causes more pain and will make the birth more difficult. Distraction around you is also a well-known phenomenon that does not benefit the birth and therefore not yourself. So surrender yourself, completely. And demand that those around you no longer distract you. Even if they are doctors and/or nurses!! Furthermore, it differs from woman to woman whether the contractions start immediately or not, but this depends on the extent to which you let the contractions take over you and to what extent you allow yourself to be distracted.


Once the contractions have started, a different feeling starts. The feeling that you have to poop, and quickly. Recognize this feeling as the urge to push. The moment it will happen. Your baby is going to be born. Depending on all kinds of factors such as how far along you are in your pregnancy, the number of centimeters dilated, whether or not you can give birth at home and all kinds of other medical data, you may or may not start pushing. If the contractions have started well, you can give in to a contraction as soon as the contraction comes over you like a wave and becomes worse. At the peak you give the most. You rest again as soon as the wave is gone. And so, with the waves, you push your child out of your body little by little.
If you listen carefully to your body and of course depending on the medical condition of yourself and your child, the birth can proceed in a very controlled and pleasant manner, without too much pain.

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