As you may know, there are plenty of signs that tell you if you’re going into labor. The signs may differ from one woman to another, but several signs are common in all. Good, bad, weird, and just plain bizarre – keep reading for the many labor signs!
A Basic Timeline
For your knowledge, keep this basic timeline in mind:
- At week 37, your baby is considered as a “term,” which means you can begin to give birth.
- However, week 40 is when your baby is considered as “full-term,” which means you should be giving birth right about now.
- That being said, it’s completely normal for the baby to be born even in week 42. You’re officially in the homestretch, so patience is key!
Now that you’re in the weeks of term or full-term, let’s take a look at all the signs your body may be giving you to indicate that you might be going into labor, either now or in a few days. However, don’t freak out if you don’t have the exact same signs as other women. If you are really worried, we recommend making an appointment with your doctor for advice.
1. Acne Breakouts
As you know, your hormone levels increase during pregnancy, which can result in an acne break out in the days leading up to labor.
2. Absolutely Nothing!
Yes, it’s hard to believe, but some women actually don’t feel any signs right before labor begins! Apart from their first contractions, they don’t really feel much. However, it could also mean that the signs are very slight or maybe even confused with other signs you may not have noticed.
3. An Aching Back
A common issue during pregnancy is back pain. When you get a back pain, it could mean that you’re getting contractions, provided your labor date is near. If not, it could mean that you’re getting the pain because of the weight gain and the pressure your baby puts on your body.
4. Increased Blood Pressure
During the last couple of days that lead up to labor, you may experience an increase in your blood pressure. If your due date is not near enough, then you may want to visit your doctor as high blood pressure could be an indication of other pregnancy problems.
5. A Little Bloody
A good way to know if labor is around the corner, or even a couple of weeks away, is that when you go to the toilet and clean yourself, you will probably have a reddish brown discharge of blood. If you do experience this, don’t worry as it’s a good sign!
6. Cranky Mommy-To-Be
It’s no secret that a pregnant woman’s hormones are all over the place, resulting in bizarre mood swings. In the days or hours before labor, women become extra cranky or moody. So if you’re feeling unusually grumpy, you know what’s happening!
7. Toilet Problems
We hate to break it to you, but you most likely will have diarrhea! On the bright side, it’s a common sign that you will go into labor soon. Your body prepares for birth by cleaning itself, hence the diarrhea.
8. Easy Breathing
Once the baby moves down the birth canal, you will find it easier to breathe as the pressure on your organs eases up. You’ll also find that your chest will feel more comfortable.
Just remember, each woman may have different signs, so use this simply as a guideline.