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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6 Things That Cause Contractions in Your Third Trimester

You're counting down the days until your due date—but long before that, you may start feeling contractions that will help your baby make their appearance. Here's what to know about what causes contractions in the third trimester.

What Are Braxton Hicks Contractions? Causes, Symptoms, and Pain Relief

Braxton Hicks are sporadic “false” contractions that prepare your body for delivery. Here are the differences between Braxton Hicks and true labor contractions.

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.

How To Know If You're Having Contractions — Or Just Gas

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

What Are the Different Types of Contractions, and What Do They Mean?

As your pregnancy draws to a close, you might be obsessing about labor contractions. Find out more about the types of contractions you can expect, how they feel, and what they mean for labor and delivery.

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.

More Signs of Labor

Cervix Dilation and Effacement: The First Stage of Labor

What does it mean for your cervix to dilate and efface, and can you tell it's happening? We broke down everything you need to know about this important stage of labor.

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 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.