When Do I Really Need To Go To The Hospital?
As a new mama-to-be, you probably have 1,293,384 questions about the things to come. Who is your baby going to look like? What are you going to name him? Will he have brown eyes or blue? When will you go into labor? Will it hurt? There is a seemingly endless supplies of questions that no one really has the answer to.
There are so many tiny little things to think about, as well as some really big ones weighing on your mind. Trust me, I know, it’s only the beginning. One question I really wanted to the answer to was “when do I really need to go to the hospital?” Luckily, that is one question that can be answered. Here are some things to watch out for so that you know when it is time to load up the hospital bags and be on your way!
If You Experience Any Bleeding
While it is incredibly common to experience a bloody show shortly before going into labor, any amount of bleeding is worth seeing a doctor over. Don’t worry about being a hypochondriac or going to be “checked” too often – it’s fine. Bleeding can be completely normal or a sign of something more serious, only your doctor can tell.
When Your Water Breaks
If you think your water has broken, contact your doctor! Only ten percent of women have a dramatic gush of fluid like you see in the movies, so don’t doubt yourself if that isn’t you! Even if you aren’t sure, go ahead and head to the hospital. They can test your fluids to determine if it is truly amniotic fluid or not.
Once you water breaks, it is important to get to the doctor right away to keep risk of infection to a minimum. If you are GBS positive, you will want to head to the doctor right away so that they can start administering antibiotics before your baby makes his grand appearance!
If Your Contractions Are Five Minutes Apart
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your contractions are Braxton Hicks or the real thing. In order to be considered true labor contractions, the pain should be at regular intervals gradually getting closer together, gaining in intensity and duration. Timing your contractions is important! Once they are five minutes apart, you need to get moving!
As the time for you to meet your little one gets closer and closer, you are going to become more and more anxious about your body’s changes. That’s okay! Remember that you can ask your doctor any questions you have at all. Trust me, there is nothing you can ask that they haven’t heard before!
The Take Away
Whether it feels like it or not, this a time for you to enjoy. Spend as much time as you can resting and spending quality time with your loved ones. Your days are about to get very busy and very long, but they will be the best days of your life.