That weird feeling in your belly could be labor -- or it could just be another bout with indigestion or more false labor contractions. So how can you tell if it's the real deal, especially if this is your first pregnancy? The experts say it can be tough to tell. "Labor is difficult to describe," says Siobhan Kubesh, a certified midwife with OBGYN North in Austin. "It's like describing falling in love -- until you're there, you don't really understand the feeling.'" Most experts suggest erring on the safe side and giving your doctor a buzz whenever you're feeling something new. "We don't expect you to know the difference between false labor and the real McCoy," says Bart Putterman, M.D., an ob-gyn at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in Houston. "If you aren't sure what's going on, call -- even if it means waking someone up."
But if you're nervous about being the girl who cried "Labor!" at every twinge and twang in your abdomen, here are some good general guidelines to consider when you're asking: Is it labor?
Copyright © 2014 Meredith Corporation.
All content on this Web site, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation. Use of this site and the information contained herein does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.