Is Diarrhoea a Sign of Labour

A pregnant woman experiencing pain

As you near the end of your pregnancy, your muscles begin to loosen up, including the ones that regulate your bowel movements since it’s going to create a way to let the baby come out into the world through the birth canal. If this is your first time going through pregnancy or if it’s your first time experiencing diarrhoea during pregnancy, keep reading to learn about how soon after experiencing diarrhoea does labour start and more.

Can Diarrhoea be a Sign of Labour?

A pregnant woman sitting in the restroom

Yes. Diarrhoea is a sign of labour and happens in case of active labour when the baby is preparing to emerge. You will experience diarrhoea close to labour, and that can be expected.

What Causes Pre-Labour Diarrhoea?

Doctors usually say that pre-labour diarrhoea is nature’s way of preparing to create the room needed to give birth to your baby. When your body releases prostaglandins, a type of hormone-like substance that causes the uterus to dilate and expand to accommodate the birthing of the baby, that’s when you experience pre-labour diarrhoea.

Facts you should Know

You may experience a lot of symptoms from menstrual cramps, water breaking, heartburn, back pain and a warm feeling in your abdomen before labour. Despite the pain, these are good indicators that you are very close to giving birth and meeting your little one. Diarrhoea is a completely natural part of pregnancy and although unpleasant, is a positive indication of things moving in the right direction.

Nesting or a sudden surge of energy is an experience most mothers go through before giving birth to their baby. If you suddenly clean the house, prep meals and start working on things to prepare for the arrival of your baby, then that’s a good sign.

Additionally, you may also experience a bout with diarrhoea which is a major indicator of labour coming close. Labour nears when you start noticing a bloody show, which is when your mucus plug comes off and discharges a bloody smear near the cervix. If you experience water breaking anytime soon, you can rest assured that labour is just a few hours away.

What can you do if you Experience Diarrhoea before Labour?

Here’s what you can do if you experience diarrhoea sign of impending labour-

  1. Eat small but frequent meals to continue providing nutrition to your body. Avoid, dairy, fibre-rich foods and anything that’s acidic. Jello, soups,
  2. Stay hydrated. Dehydration produces false labour, and it’s important to keep drinking water until the time of labour
  3. Stay near the bathroom since you’ll be making quite a few trips to it before your baby emerges
  4. Avoid taking anti-diarrhoea medications since it may cause affect the labour and birthing of the baby

When should you go to the Doctor Immediately?

You should go to the doctor immediately if:

  • You experience Braxton Hick’s contractions. Make sure to note down the time when pain occurs and the notice the intervals between them. If the intervals between are regular, talk to the doctor and monitor your contractions closely.
  • You puke or vomit beside experiencing diarrhoea. This is a sign of stomach flu or viral gastroenteritis. Visit the doctor immediately in this case.

As the time of active labour nears, make sure you keep your body warm or get a soak in a hot tub to relax. Stay calm, be happy, and don’t worry too much as you let your body do its thing. We recommend you chew on soft pieces of bread or have a warm bowl of noodles to cope with your frequent stools since they are easy on your digestive system.

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