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How to know “it’s time”
It’s important to know the telltale signs that you are entering labor. Especially for first-time mothers, it can be difficult to know the difference between false alarms and “the real thing.” Here are signs that indicate you may be going into labor:
- Five minutes or less between contractions that last 60 seconds or longer
- Leakage of fluid
- Decrease in fetal movement
- Bleeding bright red
- Tightening of your stomach that takes your breath away
If you believe you are going into labor:
- In cases of life-threatening emergency, call 911.
- Always call our office first at 703.878.0740 before leaving for the hospital.
- If calling during business hours Monday through Friday, press 2 to reach Triage.
- If calling after hours, you should also press 2 to reach the physician on call.