Time your contractions for a 10 minute period prior to calling the birth suite.
- Take the time from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next one.
- Note how long they last for and how painful they are, on a scale of 1-10 with,10 being the worst
This information, along with when you started to feel them as pain, is helpful for the midwife you will speak to. Contractions usually begin as a period type pain and gradually build up in intensity. Make sure that you still feel your baby moving during this time.
- This will depend on how many weeks pregnant you are.
- As long as you feel your baby moving, we suggest that you put on a clean pad, keep active and call within an hour, or sooner if the pad is wet or heavy.
- The color of the fluid is also important – it may be clear, pink, blood stained, greenish or yellow.
- The 'show' is also known as the mucous plug. As this name suggests it is usually thick and sticky, clear or cloudy in colour.
- It comes from the cervix and suggests that the cervix is starting to open in preparation for labour.
- It can be streaked with blood as small capillaries within the cervix break as the cervix softens, thins and opens.
- Please call the birth suite if you are concerned about the timing of your show or the amount of blood present.
- If you are worried about bleeding at any stage please call immediately.
- A midwife will ask questions about your history such as, where is the placenta and any other relevant background information. This is to assist them to give you the best advice.
- It may be because you have been busy or it is first thing in the morning.
- It is important to take into account when your baby is usually most active.
- If the movement is any different from normal please call the birth suite. We will advise you to eat something and attend the birth suite for some fetal monitoring.
- In the third trimester, babies usually respond to sound. Play some music for your baby and this may stimulate movement.
Colds are common!
- Plenty of fluids and rest will help you recover more quickly
- You could go and see your local GP who will be able to manage you from a medical aspect
- You need to be cautious of taking medications during your pregnancy so please do not buy over the counter remedies unless you have asked your doctor
- You could make an appointment to see your local GP if you have been ill with vomiting and diarrhoea.
- If it is afterhours and you are concerned about dehydration, consider attending an emergency department.
- Hygiene, fluids and rest are the key.
- Stick to bland foods while you are recovering.
Babies have a lovely bag of warm fluid surrounding them and your baby has probably been well protected by the pool. But, we would still like to hear from you.
We can do a fetal monitor on your baby and make sure that you are okay too.
- It is important that you feel safe and secure, and well supported throughout your labour
- It is also important that our staff have a safe working environment in which to provide you with the best of care
- We would encourage you to have 1-2 people with you in birth suite at any one time
Most women will have a four night stay, but occasionally an extra night will be required