The last weeks and days can really stretch, especially when you’re looking for any sign that something is beginning to happen.
Here is a list of some of the signs that may indicate labor is either about to start or will be starting in the next few days.
Disclaimer: Every woman is different and will experience different signs before going into labor.
This is a guide to some of the signs that may indicate labor is near – but it is no way a guarantee.
If you have any concerns or unsure if labor has begun, you should always contact your medical carer for advice.
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Some women have no signs at all before labor begins other than their first contraction.
OR MAYBE…the signals have been so slight or confused with other pregnancy symptoms that you haven’t noticed.
Due to increased hormone levels, some women may experience an outbreak of pimples in the last few days before labor begins.
OR MAYBE… you just ate too much chocolate.
Back pain is a quite common sign of impending labor. In fact sometimes back pain may in fact be contractions.
OR MAYBE… you’re just getting back pain from the extra weight and pressure of baby, or baby is in a posterior position.
Often blood pressure may go up in the last one or two days before labor begins.
OR MAYBE… it’s an indication of other problems that your doctor will need to check, such as preeclampsia.
When you wipe, you may notice a brown or red display of blood that means labor is close.
OR MAYBE… it’s just a sign that labor is a week or two away.
Although these fake contractions are common after 20 weeks gestation, they often become stronger or feel different shortly before labor begins, and occasionally may even be confused with real contractions.
OR MAYBE… you’re just experiencing more braxton hicks than usual.1 | 2 | 3