How will I know I'm in labour?

How will I know I'm in labour
How will I know I'm in labour

You've waited months for this moment! But now you're heavily pregnant you probably have lots of odd aches and pain. Working out what's a sign of early labour and what's not can be confusing. If you think you're in the early stages of labour, the main thing to do is stay calm and relaxed and let your doctor know.

How will I know I'm in labour?

The signs you need to look out for can last for hours, or sometimes even for days, so the first thing to remember is not to panic when the signs start.

Signs you are in early labour include

  • A cramping feeling - a bit like period pain
  • Feeling bloated, constipated or a bit of pain in your tummy
  • Diarrhoea or nausea
  • A show
  • Your water breaking
  • Contractions

When should I call my doctor?

As soon as you think you're in the early stages of labour, get in contact. They'll want to know the timing of your contractions and any other symptoms. Remember, if your water has broken you should always call them straight away. They'll advise you on when you should go to the hospital.

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