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Signs of labor checklist

You probably think it will be obvious to tell when you are going into labor, but it is not always how you see it in the movies or shows. Your body will give you signals to alert you that your about to become a mother, we have complied a list of the most common signs of labor to keep an eye out for

2 mins to read Mar 31, 2021
  • Regular contractions or tightenings. They might feel like really intense period pains. 
  • Backache—contractions don’t just happen in in the bump area.   
  • Mucus or jelly-like stuff in your panties—this is called a “show”.
  • A sudden urge to use the restroom. This is caused by the baby’s head pressing down on your bowel. 
  • Your waters breaking. This might not happen before labor. But if it does call the hospital ASAP. 
  • Call the hospital ASAP if you’re unsure or worried about anything. For example, if you’re bleeding or your baby is moving less than usual. 
  • Don’t forget to have your hospital bag packed and ready to go! See our checklist of essentials to include. 
  • You may feel like you have a lot of energy and can't resist the urge to clean your house and everything around you, but don't overdo it.
  • Your cervix also begins to dilate and relax in the days or weeks before you give birth.
  • When contractions happen every five minutes and are so strong that you can't walk or talk, it's time!
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