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.
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.
Learn to recognize the telltale signs that baby is coming.
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.
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.
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.
Here's how you'll know -- our stage-by-stage guide to giving birth.
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.
How will I know when I'm in labor?
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.
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.
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.
Are your early contractions something to worry about?
Is the pain you're feeling a false start -- or are you really in labor? Find out here!
If you're pregnant, you're probably hearing--and thinking--a lot about contractions. Get the inside scoop on what they really are.
Tummy troubles are all too common in pregnancy. Find out if your current issues are just gas pains -- or something bigger!
Find out what it means to go into labor and when you should start preparing.
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.
Thinking you're having contractions? Find out if they might be harmless Braxton Hicks contractions.
Why don't I have any sign of labor?
Learn the risk factors for PROM and what to do if you suspect your membranes have ruptured.
Could it be labor? Know the signs so you can tell!
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.
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.