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Due Date Coming? True Signs of Labor to Look Out for!

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,SoAs your due date approaches, you may be wondering what the signs of labor are. While every pregnancy is different, there are some common signals that indicate that labor is approaching.

If you experience any of these signs, it’s a good idea to take your hospital bag and getting things ready so that you’re prepared for when labor does begin!

Signs of true labor include:

1. Lightening

As labor draws near, you may also notice that your baby begins to drop lower in your pelvis. This is called “lightening” and happens as your baby prepares for birth. Lightening can occur a few weeks or a few hours before labor begins.

 

 

2. Regular contractions in lower abdominal 

You may experience contractions, which are rhythmic waves(usually about every 10 minutes) of muscle tension that help to dilate (open) the cervix and move the baby down into the birth canal.

 

 

3. A bloody show

Near the end of pregnancy, you may experience spotting or a small amount of bloody discharge. This is called “bloody show” and is caused by the rupture of your blood vessels as your cervix begins to dilate.

 

 

4. Water break

Your water may break, meaning that the sac of amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby has ruptured. This is often a sign that labor is beginning.

 

 

5. Mucus plug release

You may lose your mucus plug, which is a thick plug of mucus that seals the opening of the uterus. The loss of this plug is a sign that labor is beginning.

 

 

6. Nesting Instincts

You may feel a sudden burst of energy, often called the “nesting instinct.” This is your body’s way of preparing for the work of labor and delivery.

 

 

7. Other signs

labor is near when you feel increased Braxton Hicks Contractions, back pain, intensifying lower back pain, loose feeling joints and diarrhoea.

 

 

Labor typically begins within a few hours to a few days after these Signs of labor appear. If you think you are in labor, it is important to contact your healthcare provider. They will be able to confirm whether or not you are in labor and advise you on what to do next. Signs of labor can vary from pregnancy to pregnancy and even from labor to labor. It is important to familiarise yourself with the signs of labor so that you know what to expect when your baby is on the way.

Labor is a long and difficult process, so make sure you’re prepared by packing your bag ahead of time. You can refer to my hospital bag checklist post to help with packing your bag.

Finally, don’t forget to pack snacks and drinks for you and your partner, as well as a few books or magazines to help pass the time.

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