Ever wonder how well you’ll do when you go into active labor? Will you have a spontaneous natural birth? Will you want or need the epidural? How far will you get before it gets hard?
Birth is a guessing game. When will I go into labor? How long will labor last? Will be baby be born vaginally? Can I do it with minimal interventions? Will I tear? What if I have to make a decision about a cesarean? Will I have childcare for my other children? What if someone shows up that I didn’t invite? What will recovery be like? Can I breastfeed successfully?
So, you are finally pregnant. You have dreamed of this day. You planned for this day. You desired this day, so why are you freaking out?
What Is My Bag of Waters? The bag of waters—or amniotic sac—is a bag or “membrane filled with fluid that surrounds your baby in your uterus during pregnancy.” The bag of waters is very important to your baby’s health. The fluid protects your baby and gives your baby room to move around. The bag itself protects your baby from infections that may get into your vagina.
Contracting isn’t laboring.
You can experience cramps and practice contractions and not be in labor. Contracting is something you do your entire pregnancy as your uterus leans how to coordinate itself. Just like a race, you cannot go out and run a marathon untrained, the uterus also needs ‘practice runs’ to train for the main event, birth.