Losing or Gaining Appetite
Often women will find they’re either ravenous or feel completely full before labor begins.
OR MAYBE… baby’s been squishing your stomach more than usual.
The plug of mucous that seals the cervix and helps protect baby from infection may come away in pieces or a single blood streaked glob.
OR MAYBE…you’ve lost it early due to activity or the baby and it will grow back (yes, a plug can grow back if lost too early.) Some women don’t lose their plugs until they begin labor while others lose them days or weeks before.
One of the most commonly talked about signs of impending labor, many women begin cleaning and re-arranging baby items in the days or hours before labor begins.
OR MAYBE… you’ve been putting it off for awhile and you’re doing it because you know you need to stop procrastinating!
Animals seem to be very aware of changes in their masters. It’s not unusual for dogs or cats to follow around pregnant women like a shadow in the hours before labor begins.
OR MAYBE… your pet is just feeling friendly.
It’s not unusual for women about to go into labor to have uncontrollable shakes and shivers, on and off.
OR MAYBE… you just have low blood sugar or need a blanket.
Before going into labor, many women say that experienced the best nights sleep they’ve had in weeks.
OR MAYBE... you’re finally getting used to the huge baby bump (is that possible?)
As labor nears, many women find they have an increase in runny noses due to the higher level of hormones in their body.
OR MAYBE… you’re starting to get a cold (and should go see the doctor!)
Although you’ve probably had swelling in at least your hands or feet in the third trimester, it’s not unsual to experience more swelling or even swelling in new places before labor begins – for instance in the lips.
OR MAYBE… you just need to put your feet up more and get your partner to give you some more massages!
Throwing Up or Nausea
It’s not unusual to throw up shortly before labor begins as your body tries to clean itself out in preparation for delivery.
OR MAYBE… you just ate too much for dinner or have a stomach bug.
This is a sign that many people talk about but is actually not that common – in fact only 10-15% of labors begin with the amniotic sac breaking.
OR MAYBE… your waters can break but if it’s a little break, it can actually heal. If you don’t start labor within 72-96 hours after a major break, usually you’ll be induced.