10 Signs Labor Is Approaching: How To Know When It's Almost Time

10 Signs Labor Is Approaching: How To Know When It's Almost Time

10 Signs Labor Is Approaching: How To Know When It's Almost Time

As the final weeks of pregnancy approach, anticipation and excitement build. Every new sensation makes you wonder, "Is it time?" Recognizing the signs of labor approaching can help you prepare for the magical moment when you finally get to meet your baby. Here's a comprehensive guide to the 10 signs that indicate labor might be just around the corner. Every body is different and we recommend discussing signs with your healthcare provider.

1. The Baby Drops

One of the first signs of labor is when the baby "drops" or settles lower into your pelvis. This process, known as "lightening," can happen a few weeks or just a few hours before labor begins. It might make breathing easier but increase bathroom visits.

2. Increased Back Pain

Many women experience back pain throughout pregnancy, but a noticeable increase in lower back pain could indicate labor is approaching. This happens as muscles and joints stretch and shift in preparation for birth.

3. Enhanced Nesting Instinct

An urge to clean, organize, and get your home "ready" can intensify as labor approaches. Known as the nesting instinct, this burst of energy is your body's way of ensuring everything is prepared for your baby's arrival.

4. More Braxton Hicks Contractions

While you might have felt these "practice contractions" throughout your pregnancy, an increase in their frequency and intensity can signal that your body is gearing up for labor.

5. Changes in Vaginal Discharge

A significant increase in vaginal discharge, especially if it's pink or bloody, can be a sign that labor is imminent. This "bloody show" is caused by the loosening of the mucus plug at the cervix.

6. Water Breaking

Although it's not as common as movies make it seem, the amniotic sac breaking can be a clear sign labor has begun. It can feel like a sudden gush or a slow leak of fluid.

7. Cervix Dilates

Your healthcare provider will monitor the dilation and effacement (thinning) of your cervix during prenatal visits. Progressive dilation and effacement indicate your body is preparing for delivery.

8. Increased Cramping and Pelvic Pressure

As the baby moves down, you might feel more cramping and pressure in your pelvis and groin. This is a sign that labor could start soon.

9. A Surge of Energy

Some women experience a sudden burst of energy in the days or hours before labor begins. This is different from the nesting instinct—more of a physical readiness for the labor process.

10. Contractions that Increase in Intensity

Unlike Braxton Hicks contractions, true labor contractions don't go away with movement or hydration. They become more regular, intense, and closer together as labor progresses.

Must-Haves for the First Days Postpartum

After your baby arrives, recovery and bonding are your priorities. Lavie Mom offers essential products designed to support new moms during the postpartum period:

  • Peri Bottle: A gentle way to keep clean and soothed without irritating stitches or sore areas. Ours is designed for easy of use and comfort compared to the peri bottle given to new birthing persons at the hospital.
  • Postpartum Fiber Vitamin Gummies: Help maintain digestive health and prevent postpartum constipation with a tasty, convenient solution. We know that first postpartum poop can be scary and painful.
  • Postpartum Belly Band: Support recovery with a belly band that helps reduce discomfort, support abdominal muscles, and improve posture.
  • Silver Nursing Cups: Made from .95 pure silver, these nursing cups offer natural healing properties for sore or cracked nipples, making breastfeeding more comfortable.

Every journey to motherhood is unique, but knowing the signs of labor and having the right support and products on hand can make all the difference. Read about some advice for hospital bag packing essentials.

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