how to tell if you're in labor
If you’re in your 8th month of pregnancy, then labor is certainly on your mind.  You probably are getting a little anxious and excited over every little pain or ache, wondering “Is Baby Coming? Oops no, false alarm!”  There are definite signs that let you know when you’re getting close to D-Day, the BIG Delivery Day.  It is difficult to predict when baby is coming, but here are some signs to look for that will tell you that Baby is on the way!

  1. Near: You’ll Get the Nesting Instinct — The means you’ll start cleaning, organizing  and getting ready for baby to arrive, above and beyond your usual desire to tidy up the house.  Even for myself who is a clean-as-you-go type person, I still felt this irresistable urge to start cleaning and organizing the day before the delivery, for both kids.
  2. Near:  You’ll get more frequent Braxton Hicks Contractions — These are considered “practice contractions” that will give you a preview of the real thing.  These contractions tend to be short, infrequent, unpredictable and without rhythm and don’t increase intensely.  They are also more of an ache then a pain.
  3. Near:  Increase Heaviness or Pressure in your Pelvis — Your baby’s head will drop lower in your belly shortly before labor will start.  You may feel the need to lay down more frequently as the pressure slowly increases in your pelvic area.
  4. Very Near: Loss of mucous plug, also known as “Bloody Show.” — This is a plug that sealed the cervix during your pregnancy.  You’ll experience pink, red or brown vaginal discharge.  It can come out in a clump or for several days.  That’s a sure sign that labor is coming soon and to get to the hospital.
  5. Here: Increasing Contractions — You’ll get contractions that will increase as time goes by.  You’ll experience pain with these contractions and you won’t be able to stop the pain by changing position.  Start timing your contractions and right them down.  If they vary in length and time in between, you’re not quite ready.  If they last for at least 1 minute and occur every 5 minutes or less, Baby is Coming!
  6. Here: Your Water will Break — This refers to when the amniotic sac ruptures and the amniotic fluid leaks out either in a gush or trickle.  It’s always a good idea to have towels in the car because the last thing you’ll want to worry about is messy clean up.
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