10 Signs You're Going into Labor

By: Karen Jackman   On:10 December 2023 

Preparing for childbirth is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Here are ten common signs that indicate you're close.

Here are ten common signs that indicate you might be about to give birth.

Preparing for childbirth is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for expectant parents. As the due date approaches, your body sends signals indicating that labor might be imminent. Recognizing these signs can help you better anticipate and prepare for the arrival of your little one. Here are ten common signs that indicate you might be nearing labor:

1. Increased Braxton Hicks Contractions

As you approach labor, you might experience more frequent and intense Braxton Hicks contractions. These practice contractions are often irregular and help prepare your body for childbirth.

2. Baby Dropping

In the weeks leading up to labor, your baby might descend lower into your pelvis, making breathing easier but increasing pressure on your bladder.

3. Cervical Changes

Your cervix starts to change as labor approaches. Effacement (thinning) and dilation (opening) of the cervix are signs that your body is getting ready for delivery.

4. Discharge Changes

You may notice an increase in vaginal discharge, which might be tinged with blood. This discharge, known as the "bloody show," can indicate that labor is near.

5. Energy Bursts or Nesting Instinct

Some women experience a surge of energy shortly before labor begins. This burst of energy, often accompanied by a strong urge to clean and organize (nesting), is your body's way of preparing for the birth.

6. Water Breaking

The rupture of the amniotic sac, known as the water breaking, is a clear sign that labor is imminent. This might happen as a sudden gush or a slow trickle of amniotic fluid.

7. Back Pain and Cramps

Persistent lower back pain and abdominal cramps resembling menstrual cramps can be indicative of the early stages of labor.

8. Digestive Changes

You might experience diarrhea or gastrointestinal discomfort as your body prepares for labor. This is nature's way of clearing your system before childbirth.

9. Loss of Mucus Plug

The mucus plug, a protective barrier in the cervix, might be expelled. It can appear as a jelly-like discharge streaked with blood and indicates that your cervix is dilating.

10. Intuitive Feeling

Sometimes, expectant mothers just have a gut feeling that labor is near. Trust your intuition; you may sense subtle changes in your body signaling the onset of labor.

Being aware of these signs can help you prepare mentally and practically for the imminent arrival of your baby. Always consult with your healthcare provider if you're uncertain or have concerns about the signs you're experiencing.

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