After months of waiting, it’s finally time to deliver your baby. Dr. Marc Jean-Gilles is an expert OB/GYN and has delivered hundreds of babies for his patients at Abundant Life Healthcare in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Dr. Jean-Gilles delivers babies at Gwinnett Medical Center and Northside Hospital in Forsyth, Georgia. If you’re looking for an experienced OB/GYN to guide you through pregnancy and delivery, call or make an appointment online today.
There are several signs that your labor has started.
Contractions are the most commonly known sign, which is when your uterus tightens and prepares to push your baby out. They cause your baby bump to get hard and cause pressure in your lower back, abdomen, and pelvis. Some women describe them as feeling like menstrual cramps.
Your contractions will become stronger and there will be less time between them as you get closer to delivery, so you should head to the hospital when your contractions are about four minutes apart.
Other signs that you’re in labor and should go to the hospital include:
When your water breaks, what has actually happened is the amniotic sac your baby has been growing in bursts to allow your baby to be born. Some women experience a popping sensation and a rush of wetness, while others may not release much fluid at all.
A plug of mucus forms at your cervix during your pregnancy. As your body prepares for delivery, this plug is expelled from your body. It may be clear or pink and may have some blood. This is a normal sign that your labor is beginning.
During your labor, Dr. Jean-Gilles and your nurses will monitor your cervix and other vital signs. Once your cervix is fully dilated to 10cm, you will begin to push when you feel a contraction.
If you have an epidural, you will still be able to push but will rely on coaching from the doctor on when to push since you won’t feel the contraction.
Dr. Jean-Gilles supports his patients who wish to have natural vaginal births and has a very low C-section rate. However, if something were to happen that puts your health or the health of your baby at risk, he is experienced and able to perform C-sections.
Dr. Jean-Gilles is with you throughout your labor and delivery and communicates with you so you understand exactly what is happening with your body and your baby.
Call or schedule an appointment online today if you’re looking for an experienced and knowledgeable OB/GYN to support you through your pregnancy and delivery.