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Signs of labor checklist

You probably think it’ll be obvious when you go into labor, but it isn’t always what you see in the movies. Here are a few signs of labor to look out for.

1 min 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. 
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