Just when you think you can't possibly get any bigger and you'll never get off the couch without a crane, you may experience the following symptoms that let you know the time is near. Note that these symptoms don't occur in any particular order, and several may occur within the same day or a few days of each other.
Note that Braxton Hicks contractions are different from the contractions you'll feel in labor:
This is often called "false labor." Although the real work of labor hasn't begun, you can rest assured that your baby is getting ready to make his or her grand entrance!
Sources: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Jane Forester, MD
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