Lower back pain, regular contractions, broken waters.. it’s likely you’re in Labour. However it’s not always as obvious as this! I think I spent the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy with Mini Meldrum thinking every twinge was a sign that labour was imminent.
People say when you’re in real labour “You just know”, well I beg to differ… even the Midwives didn’t think I was in active labour as I wasn’t outwardly showing extreme signs of pain.
The usual signs to look out for are;
- a ‘show’ – This is when the mucus ‘plug’ (yummy) that blocks the opening to your cervix comes away. It is usually blood tinged & can come away whole or in bits. Having your show can mean labour is weeks/days or just hours away.
- Period like cramps – often in your back as well as lower bump
- painful contractions that become regular & do not ease – often becoming longer & stronger as time passes
- waters breaking
- a ‘clear out’ having an upset stomach before your baby arrives is pretty normal – your body is preparing for what it’s about to go through so this could be another sign labour is approaching