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.

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5 Signs Your Water is Breaking in the Third Trimester
What does it feel like when your water breaks, and what does it look like? The experience is different for every pregnant person, but these signs indicate that your amniotic sac has ruptured.
What Does a Mucus Plug Look Like?
If you've lost your mucus plug, labor could be on its way. Find out what a mucus plug looks like so you know what to expect.
When Do You Lose Your Mucus Plug?
Losing your mucus plug could mean labor is on the way. But when does it usually happen? And what if you lose your mucus plug early? Here's everything you need to know.
When Does Labor Start After Losing Your Mucus Plug?
Losing your mucus plug signals that labor may be approaching. Here's what you need to know about the projected timeline.
Leaking Amniotic Fluid During Pregnancy: Signs, Causes, and Symptoms
Amniotic fluid leaks can signal that your baby is on the way, but they may also mean something more. Here's everything you need to know about the odorless discharge.

More Signs of Labor

Prodromal Labor in Pregnancy: Causes and Symptoms
It can be hard to distinguish between prodromal labor and real labor contractions. Here are some tips for coping with prodromal labor and knowing when it's time to head to the hospital.
When Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Start?
Most pregnant women experience Braxton Hicks, which are false contractions that prepare the body for delivery. Find out what factors influence when they begin.
Early Labor Symptoms: How to Recognize the Signs

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