Signs of Labor

What are the signs of labor? Are those cramps the real thing or Braxton Hicks contractions? And what do real contractions feel like anyway? Here you'll learn how to recognize real labor signs. Plus we'll help you prepare for your baby's delivery.

How to Recognize Early Labor Symptoms

Worried about early labor? While it can can sometimes be stopped with a combo of meds and bed rest, it's important to be on the lookout for these warning signs so you can call your doctor ASAP if you think there's a problem.

Signs of Approaching Labor

Learn to recognize the telltale signs that baby is coming.

Worried About Your Water Breaking? Here's What You Need to Know

Will it happen in public? Will it be a gush? Will it hurt? It's normal to be a little freaked out about your water breaking, but we've got the information to set your mind at ease.

3 Signs That You May Be in Labor

No one wants to arrive at the hospital too early -- or risk giving birth in the car. So how can you tell the difference between real and false labor? Pay attention to the following classic labor-day signs.

5 Signs Of Labor

Are those contractions signs of labor approaching? You may be going into labor. Before you grab your hospital bag, check to see if you're experiencing these common signs of labor to find out if you should call your doctor.

Am I in Labor?: Our Stage-by-Stage Guide to Giving Birth

Here's how you'll know -- our stage-by-stage guide to giving birth.

10 Things You Never Knew About Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks isn't a reality show star, a football hero, or a cute lingerie brand. It's a pregnancy thing--and here's all you need to know about it.

Am I in Labor, and When Should I Go to the Hospital?

How will I know when I'm in labor?

Labor & Delivery: Contractions

When it comes to contractions, not knowing what to expect can be scary. Learn more about when contractions occur and be prepared for when they do.

Labor & Delivery: Signs of Real vs. False Labor

It can be hard to know when those contractions are the real thing. Here are some tips to help you figure out whether you are actually in labor or whether you're experiencing false labor symptoms.

Birth Stories: "My Water Broke..."

Julia, who recently gave birth to her second daughter, shares her birth story after her water broke and her labor was induced. Julia also gives tips on how to push Baby out.

Am I in Premature Labor?

Are your early contractions something to worry about?

How to Tell Braxton Hicks Contractions from Labor Contractions

Is the pain you're feeling a false start -- or are you really in labor? Find out here!

What Are Contractions?

If you're pregnant, you're probably hearing--and thinking--a lot about contractions. Get the inside scoop on what they really are.

Is It Gas or Contractions?

Tummy troubles are all too common in pregnancy. Find out if your current issues are just gas pains -- or something bigger!

Q&A: I'm Dilated -- Will I Go Into Labor Today?

Find out what it means to go into labor and when you should start preparing.

Health 101: Inducing Labor

Find out what induction is, the medical and nonmedical reasons for inducing labor, and the potential risks that inducing labor carries for pregnant women and their babies.

Braxton Hicks Contractions

Thinking you're having contractions? Find out if they might be harmless Braxton Hicks contractions.

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor on Delayed Signs of Approaching Labor

Why don't I have any sign of labor?

Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)

Learn the risk factors for PROM and what to do if you suspect your membranes have ruptured.

Major Signs of Labor Contractions

Could it be labor? Know the signs so you can tell!

Labor & Delivery: Inducing Labor

Even if you're ready to deliver, you doctor might feel differently. Learn when your OB might induce labor and safe ways to help move Baby along.

Birth Stories: "I Was Sent Home Three Times"

False signs of labor are common. First-time mom Lacy tells us about her three-day labor-and-delivery journey, which resulted in the birth of her baby girl.

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