8 Early Signs of Labor That You Should Know

 
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As you near the end of your pregnancy, each new cramp / twinge / pain may leave you asking yourself, “Is this it?”

I’ll preface this post with… when in doubt, CALL YOUR PROVIDER. 

 
 

Here are eight early signs of labor:

#1

Your baby will drop further down into your pelvis. You might feel your pelvic joints relax, increased pressure on your pelvis and more space to breathe (aka lightening) .

#2

Your cervix will begin to change. Cervical changes include dilation, effacement and movement during labor. 

#3

You might lose your mucus plug and/or have a bloody show. 


#4

You might have a sudden urge to nest. Nesting is cleaning and organizing to get ready for baby.

#5

You might have a backache. And, it might be a different kind of backache than you’ve experienced during pregnancy.

#6

Diarrhea. So glamorous, amiright?!

#7

Your contractions are increasing in length, strength, and frequency.

#8

Your water breaks. 

Note that you may experience ANY combination of these signs.


Nichole Black