Signs of labor

Ana Paula Markel, Doula, explains the early signs of labor to watch out for so you know that you should call your doctor or head to the hospital
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Signs of labor

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Some of the signs that a woman will have when she is about to go into labor maybe a change in her appetite or some diarrhea. Sometimes women feel like they have the flu. Emotional change, yes, even more emotional than they are during pregnancy. Those are the emotional delicate signs of labor. The more direct signs of labor is the loss of the mucus plug. The mucus plug seals the cervix together. To everybody else, it looks kind of gross, but yours is always beautiful. It looks like egg whites tinted with blood. It may come out all at once or little by little. Another sign that labor is about to begin is the breaking of the water. The sac ruptures and all the fluid comes out. That is the first sign of labor for only 10 percent of women. The sure sign of labor is contractions. The uterus will make rhythmic contractions and she will feel them.

Ana Paula Markel, Doula, explains the early signs of labor to watch out for so you know that you should call your doctor or head to the hospital

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Ana Paula Markel

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Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order,) Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility for their choices.

Ana Paula has been teaching a very fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past nine years and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past six years. Ana Paula is honored to serve as Director of International Development for DONA International and to be on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness month.) In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles. Ana Paula is passionate about connecting families of all backgrounds with their ideal birth support.

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