Once you get close to your due date, you start looking for signs of labor. Hoping that this baby won't...
Once you get close to your due date, you start looking for signs of labor. Hoping that this baby won't be late. There are some labor signs that are inconclusive. Contractions are a big one, because many women have false labor contractions. That said, there are some ways to tell if you're actually in labor.
  • Is it real labor?You have contractions that intensify. False labor contractions will ease up with activity while real labor contractions get more intense as you move about. A real labor continues your contractions will become even more intense, more frequent, and often more regular.
  • You have pain in your low back that feels like it's spreading to your belly. You may feel very gassy, and many women get diarrhea.
  • When urinating you see pinkish or red color in your urine - bloody show (normal).
  • Your water breaks. Unlike Hollywood movies, your water is highly unlikely to break while out to dinner or at the store. In the real world only about 15% of women experience ruptured membranes, or water breaking before labor. Water breaking is much more common toward the end of labor.
If you have some to all of the symptoms above, it's a sure bet that you're in labor. Once you start seeing signs like this you should call your doula and care provider.

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