How to spot the signs of labor?
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As you, the expectant mom approach the due date, you will notice little signs that labor is about to start. You may feel that the baby has "dropped" or moved lower into the pelvis. This is called "lightening." Sometimes you do not feel anything. A pelvic exam during the prenatal visit might report changes in your cervix that you cannot feel, but suggest your body is getting ready. You may also feel suddenly energized and want to go for massive cleaning around the house or cooking up a feast. The impulse to cook or clean is called nesting; a sign that labor is near.
We recommend you call your doctor if you have any of the following signs of labor regardless of whether you are close to labor or a while away.:
• Your contractions are getting stronger
• The interval between your contractions are getting shorter
• You are discharging a bloody red mucus. This is because your cervix is dilating or opening up and becoming thinner and softer; also called effacing.
• Your back pain and cramping seems not to go away
• Your water breaks