Signs of labor occur towards the end of the pregnancy, by then, I imagine you will have started to wonder when labor will begin.

signs-of-laborMany moms I usually speak to, describe these signs as a cascade of events composed of a couple of specific tell-tale indicators one should look out for.

One of the first and most important ones are braxton hicks contractions(false labor contractions), engagement (where baby moves into the opening made by the ring of the cervix) and lightening.

Engagement is also commonly referred to as baby “dropping.” Because, when baby moves down, the uterus also moves down a little as well, this is called lightening.

Once baby “drops”, look out for other tell-tale signs of labor like breathing easier and less heart burn after meals. When my baby “dropped”, I noticed that I carried baby lower too, and so breathed easier.

Other signs of labor are urinating more often because the bladder now occupies less space.

More pressure is felt on the pelvic bones and on the back, and some expectant moms get trouble with sharp pains in the legs.

To relieve this back pressure, I often had a massage every evening and did pelvic rock exercises.

Braxton hicks contractions feel like your uterus is actually contracting. The only difference is these contractions are false and are not strong enough, lasting only a very short time.

If you feel like these preparation contractions are tiring you out,

  • change your activity
  • take a warm bath for 30 to 60 minutes, this can be very relaxing
  • take a tylenol to reduce aches and try to sleep
  • drink 4 to 5 glasses of water…helps you keep hydrated
  • if none of the above works, call your medical practitioner

It’s important to note, that once baby “drops”, which may happen as early as 4 weeks before the due date in some expectant moms, or 10 – 14 days before labor and delivery for some.

For those that have had a baby before, it can even be on that day when labor starts. However, ensure that baby is healthy and active until the day of delivery by performing fetal movement counts .

Common signs of beginning labor are;

  • bloody show or losing the mucus plug
  • diarrhea or several soft stools
  • water breaks or rupture of membranes
  • Braxton hicks contractions and uterus contractions
  • feeling of excitement and nervousness may occur in some expectant moms

If you see any of the signs of labor about to begin, call your medical practitioner or birthing center, where your baby will be born and keep them updated of your progress.

Baby will be showing anytime soon…


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Labor and delivery, link here

Braxton hicks contractions link here

Stages of labor , right here

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Giving birth, link here

Home birth, link here

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