At the beginning of your pregnancy, nine months can seem like an eternity. Time will move faster than you realize, though, and the baby will be here before you know it.
One way to avoid anxiety is by taking advantage of several services offered by White Plains Hospital to help you prepare for this exciting day. Knowing that you have clear plans that you've thought out in advance can help the whole process go more smoothly.
Another option is sign up to receive a free weekly electronic newsletter about what to expect during your pregnancy as the baby grows and develops.
When to Go to the Hospital
At least one month before your due date, ask your obstetrician or midwife what you should do when your water breaks or labor begins.
Call your doctor or midwife when contractions have been five minutes apart for 30 minutes. This may allow you to spend some of your labor at home unless you are advised otherwise. In rare circumstances, your contractions may not be at regular intervals; call when they grow stronger and occur close together.
You should also call your doctor, midwife, or the Labor & Delivery Unit if any of the following occur:
- Your water breaks even if you are not contracting.
- You have contractions which occur every 10 minutes or more often, earlier than three weeks before your due date.
- There is an increase in pelvic pressure or a vaginal discharge which suddenly increases in amount or becomes mucousy, watery or lightly bloody.
- You have any vaginal bleeding.
- You have unexpected symptoms of any kind.