About this time last year I was nearing the end of my pregnancy and I had one nagging question, “how will I know it’s time?”
In my baby class, I was told if it’s too early in your labour — or if you aren’t in labour at all — you’ll be sent home. I didn’t want to be one of those women. But this being my first pregnancy, I had no idea what it would feel like.
I obsessively read anything Google would find on the topic, my midwife described the physical signs, I even (foolishly) watch A Baby Story. But still, I couldn’t help but ask friends and relatives, “how will I know?”
My sister described it best when we was brutally honest with me. “It feels like you have to take a big crap.” And she was right. But that was just the beginning.
When my daughter decided it was time to start her trek into the world, there was no mistaking it. My stomach tightened and with it came a dull, tightening pain in my hips. Within a few hours this random, mild uncomfortableness changed to squeezing pressure in my stomaching and crushing pain in my hips.
So why am I writing about this now? A friend of mine recently had a baby and went to the hospital three times before she was admitted. It made me chuckle because once she was in labour, she knew it. Although I was admitted to the hospital on my “first try”, I could relate to her confusion.
For any moms reading this, you’re probably nodding your head in agreement. How could we have been so foolish to think we wouldn’t know we were in labour?