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.
It’s quite common to experience increased crankiness or moodiness in the days or hours before going into labor.
OR MAYBE… you’re just having a bad day.
This is a quite common sign that labor will be starting soon. The body begins to clean out in preparation for birth. It can last anywhere from a few hours up to a week.
OR MAYBE… you’ve just picked up a virus or eaten some slightly off food.
Dilation & Effacement
This will need to be checked by a doctor or health care worker, but as labor nears, the cervix both thins (effaces) and dilates (opens up).
OR MAYBE… you’re just one of those women who dilates weeks before labor begins (some women can dilate up to ten weeks before birth, while others can go from completely closed to 10cm in a couple of hours.)
Some women experience dizziness in the hours before labor begins.
OR MAYBE… you just need to stop doing so much and have a high protein snack.
As the baby moves into the birth canal, a woman may find breathing is easier and her chest feels more comfortable.
OR MAYBE… sitting down and taking a break may be helping your breathe easier.