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.

Is Labor Coming Once You Lose Your Mucus Plug?

Get ready, mama: If you've popped your cork, labor could be on its way. Experts explain what to expect. 

What Happens If You Lose Your Mucus Plug Early?

Losing your mucus plug early isn’t likely a cause for concern, but it could signal a pregnancy complication like preterm labor. 

What Happens When You Lose Your Mucus Plug?

Learn what a mucus plug looks like, and why losing your mucus plug could mean labor is on the way.

Identifying Different Leaks During Pregnancy

You might be releasing a lot of fluids during your pregnancy and right after you give birth. Find out how a nurse helps determine what's going on.

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.

Quiz: Am I About to Go into Labor?

Are you very close to delivering your baby? Take our quiz and find out if you're showing the signs of approaching labor!

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

It's normal to be a little freaked out about your water breaking in pregnancy, but we've got the information to set your mind at ease. Learn what causes your water to break, what it feels like, and whether it means labor is on the horizon.