The exact cause of prodromal labor is unknown, but several factors may contribute to it. For example, some women may experience prodromal labor if their baby is in a difficult position, such as a ‘Sunny side up baby’ or posterior where the baby’s back is on your back and they are facing frontwards. Additionally, prodromal labor may occur if your body is not yet ready for active labor or if you’re experiencing anxiety or stress. Most often I have seen people experience this if they are not hydrating, low in electrolytes, pushing their body to be too active, or not getting nutrient-dense meals. So what do you do then??
Prodromal labor can be exhausting, but it’s important to conserve your energy for active labor. Here are some tips to help you manage prodromal labor:
If you’re experiencing prodromal labor, it’s essential to keep in touch with your birth team. They are there to support you and can help if necessary or if you desire. Your midwife can suggest certain herbs to alleviate prodromal labor. You should contact your birth team if:
Jenni Jenkins – Sekine serves her Central Oklahoma community as a Student Midwife, Oklahoma Bereavement, Birth, & Postpartum Doula, and Child Birth Educator. She is also a midwifery assistant with Holistic Birthing Services and began her journey as a student midwife with the Midwives College of Utah in 2022.
Jenni is also the creator & facilitator of the Kaleidoscope OKC LGBTQ Family Support Group & the Nurture Oklahoma Live Interview Series.
To learn more about Jenni, please click here.