The Early Signs Of Labor

After being pregnant for so long you are probably anxiously awaiting to go into labor but don’t know what the early signs of labor are. Having two babies I know what those signs are and some that may not be as commonly known as well. I know you are probably ready to get this over with so that you can meet your beautiful baby so lets get into what those signs are that you may already be experiencing.

 

Every pregnancy is different whether this is your first baby or third one the signs may not be the same so be aware of that as you read on but also know that your mom instinct will probably know when the time is near. Especially if you are really in tune with your body!

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8 Early Signs of Labor To Look For

Nesting:

You will find yourself organizing everything and trying to get it just the way you want it. This sometimes starts a week or so before you go into labor but for some it can happen earlier as well.

 

Have all of the essentials ready like car seat, baby clothes, diapers, bottles, etc so that you aren’t worried about any of these items as the time grows nearer.

 

Making sure everything is done and ready may help with any anxiety you are having over giving birth especially having hospital bags prepped and ready to go when you do go into labor making this one less thing to worry about.

 

 Baby Drops: 

Another common sign is your baby dropping giving you more room to breathe but also causing you to feel like your sitting on your babies head due to how low they are. This can cause some pain in the groin and hips so just be aware of this.

 

Your baby may do this a week or two before labor sometimes a few hours before or a month before so you may be uncomfortable for a little while which really isn’t new for you since the last trimester of pregnancy tends to be uncomfortable anyway. Just remember this is a good sign and baby will be showing up very soon!

 

Sleep Problems:

Sleep problems are also a sign of labor being imminent, you may not be able to sleep as well and find yourself tossing and turning at night  unable to get the sleep you need so badly. Usually this starts a few days to a week before hand and can make you feel tired all the time and maybe a little grouchy do to lack of sleep and being super uncomfortable.

 

You can read my post on how to sleep when pregnant it may help give you some tips you can use to get some much needed sleep these last few days or weeks!

 

Remember all of this will pass soon it isn’t forever thank God so hold on momma you are almost there.

 

You can try to take power naps if possible which will probably work better than night sleep in the last week, I recommend sleeping on the couch while watching a show you like this seems to help keep your mind occupied and you can doze off into a power nap for a few hours. It worked for me the last week of both my pregnancies so give it a try.

 

Little Appetite:

You may find yourself not eating as much and not feeling as hungry you may even feel a little nauseous, this is normal and it’s okay to eat smaller meals here or there so you don’t get that heavy overly full feeling. You might even have diarrhea or throw up which isn’t as common but does happen to some women.

 

Your body is preparing itself to go into labor so hormone changes are at fault for making you feel sick and your body is preparing itself for labor just know that this too shall pass.

 

Braxton Hicks:

Very common to occur a few day to a week from labor and are perfectly normal. They feel like menstrual cramps and if you put a hand on your belly you can feel them contracting. Cramps usually are 10 to 15 minutes apart and last for half a minute or so. Real Labor cramps will be closer together about 5 minutes apart and last a bit longer.

 

This is your bodies way of preparing those muscles for the harder cramps that come with labor. Labor cramps are very strong and may be accompanied by back ache or pain and severe menstrual like cramps or upset stomach cramps. Those are the ones that start you Labor so if you aren’t feeling them like this you aren’t in Labor yet.

 

Changes In Vaginal Discharge:

The biggest and not always common early sign of Labor is loosing your mucous plug which for me has happened the day before I went into Labor. It is the plug at the end of your cervix that protects the baby from infection.

 

It looks like a snot like mucus strand that usually comes out in a string and may have blood in it too so don’t be alarmed.  This can take hours for it to come out but is a sure sign Labor is very close so make sure you have everything ready because you never know when it may happen. It could be later that day or at night so you want to be prepared in case it does.

 

Joints Feel Looser:

You may have more pain in joints as they start to relax and loosen up more to allow for the baby to pass through. This happens a few weeks before labor starts but can be a few days before. Just remember that this will pass and you may have pain but after birth your body will feel a bit back to normal when it comes to joint pain.

 

Your Water Breaks:

Your water can break with no contractions and just trickle down though you will know if this happens because you feel like you are using the bathroom uncontrollably. My best advice to you is to use a maxipad to avoid ruining clothing and car seats and call your doctor if you have no pain. I had this happen and about ten minutes after I started having hard contractions!

 

You may also want to eat a little something if you haven’t because it may be a long time before you get to eat again unless you are one of those lucky people that give birth in a few hours.

 

If you have never been pregnant before you are probably wondering what labor will feel like in the first place!  Basically it feels like a terrible stomach ache or gas pains, some have a feeling like menstrual pains that comes on strong and lets up for a short time and comes back for a few hours or sometimes days. It’s not fun but we are strong women and we were made for this so it will be okay.

Early Signs of Labor conclusion

Having a baby is a big change especially if it is your first or second one you are going to have to adjust to a new schedule and way of life. You may be ready to meet baby right now and super tired of being pregnant and I totally understand, enjoy the time you have before your baby arrives.  Take full advantage of quiet time or sleeping in, anything that you love to do try to enjoy that time and not rush the process of having your baby.

 

If you are seeing these signs make sure you have everything ready to go and don’t forget your birth plan make sure it is all packed and close by encase the time comes suddenly and you have to go right away. You never know if it may happen at work or in the middle of the night just be ready.

 

If you really want to welcome your baby as soon as you can there are a few things you can do to try and speed things along such as going for a walk, having sex, some people swear that eating pineapple does the trick (I didn’t find that to work for me), spicy food, and your doctor can do a membrane sweep which will sometimes trigger labor to start a bit sooner.

 

Babies all have a different times when they decide to come into the world, some are early (like my daughter who decided to be a month early), some are right on time on the due date, and some are a day or a few days sometimes a week after (my son waited till the day after my due date on my day off to come out).  Whatever time your baby chooses is going to be the perfect time for them so don’t feel like you will be pregnant forever just know that they have their own timing and know when they are ready. Sometimes I think it has to do with their personality lol but who knows for sure.

Hang in their momma you can do this for a little longer and it will all be so worth it!

 

If you liked this post here are more that you may like:

How To Sleep When Pregnant

Making A Birth Plan That Works

Baby Gear That You Need

 

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