> Labor and delivery, the prodromal phase

Labor and delivery. The prodromal phase

this phase occurs in the preparation for the labor. The neck of the uterus is shortened, going from 3 cm up to become completely flat. The duration of può be from a few hours to a few days.

In the hours before labor (from a few hours to più of 24), the following symptoms may occur:


Become regular for intensityà (they are all equally painful), duration (in each contraction acknowledges the arrival, the climax of the sensation of pain and its subsequent weakening), frequency (the time interval between a contraction and the other is constant).

unlike the contractions of the previous weeks, not diminish, indeed it increases, and during these contractions is necessary to stop and lean on something or someone.

Piccole perdite di sangue

they Are also normal and are related to the preparation of the neck of the uterus, the loss typically is of a few drops of red color and può be repeated in the course of the day.

Perdita delle acque

due to the rupture of the amniotic sac that surrounds the baby and is manifested by the loss of the liquid contained in it. The amniotic fluid usually is colorless and odorless and loss of the liquid is a sudden, abundant and almost continuous.

sometimes it happens that the bag gets holes only  in a point without breaking down completely. In this case the loss of liquid is low and not constant, but repeats throughout the day and is generally associated with the movements of the mother.

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Nausea o vomito

do Not depend on having eaten but are due to the preparation of the neck of the uterus and are a good sign of labor is imminent


Depends on the hormones that prepare the neck of the uterus in the hours or days preceding labor, is useful to rid the intestines and prepare the body for the birth.

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