As your pregnancy is approaching to its due date, you may be exited and anxious for that big day to come. Labor is hard work, but its most rewarding work that you would like to do. However, as it occurs with many women, you may also pass through the similar stage of prodromal labor, before the true labor happens.
Prodromal labor also referred by many as false labor is most confusing for a pregnant woman. Many women experience prodromal labor. It is a period before the actual labor sets in, where certain body changes in the pregnant women occur that look similar to those of a true labor.
What Is Prodromal Labor Or False Labor?
Even if the symptoms of prodromal labor may resemble as that of true labor, they do not lead to dilatation and effacement of cervix as it occurs during the true labor. Many women get teary and frustrated by the delay and the waiting period. Why does prodromal labor occur in some women before the parturition and what changes in the body it brings forth in a women’s body are few troubling questions that come in our mind.
Many women hit to the hospital with certainty that they are few hours away from childbirth when they experience contractions, however they may be sent home with assurance that there is still time for true labor as their cervix is not dilated and there is no rupture of membrane. Instead of getting disappointed, consider prodromal labor contractions as an advantage, because it prepares your body for active labor. It conditions your body, uterus and cervix before it undergoes for true labor process. No two women are same and so is prodromal labor, some may experience it while few may not. The symptoms may last for few hours while in many women they may last for few weeks.
Symptoms Of Prodromal Labor
Prodromal labor or false labor is often confused because the symptoms of both are similar. Here are some of the symptoms of prodromal labor:
Contractions: the contractions of prodromal labor can be confused with that of actual labor process, however there are distinct differences between both and they are.
Cervical mucus discharge: the sign of mucus discharge may be confusing and it may coincide with true labor. Mucus on the cervix acts like a plug at the opening of the cervix and protects the cervical entrance and the amniotic sac. There may be slight reddish or brownish tinge to the shed mucus. Discharge of mucus may occur in prodromal labor and it may not indicate true immediate labor in many women.
There may be colostrum secretion from the breast together with prodromal labor. Cholostrum is thin yellowish fluid secretion from breast at the time of labor, which is extremely nutritious for the fetus as it contains antibodies and minerals.