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9 Signs Going Into Labor Is Near

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9 Signs Going Into Labor Is Near


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Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can feel overwhelming but expectant mothers should know that their body will send them a couple of signs to let them know that their baby will be meeting them very soon that being said lots of what you think happens thanks to scenes from movies and television shows are not exactly accurate and every mother goes through different experiences.

We want to offer a helping hand to all the mothers to be out there with a list of all the things they may experience shortly before labor starts.

1. The baby “drops”


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Your baby dropping also known as lightening is the sign for when your baby’s head drops lower into the pelvis moving in between the mother’s pubic bones often mothers will feel their baby drop  but this can also happen without them feeling anything generally a baby will drop about two weeks before they deliver if they are their mother’s first child but dropping time becomes harder to predict with every successive baby.

2. Cramps and increased back pain

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An expecting mother can feel an increase in back pain and cramps as the baby grows inside her. While the baby’s added weight is a contributor to this it’s not the only reason it happens hormone changes, muscle separation and even stress can also increase these pains.

3. Loose-feeling joints

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As mentioned woman’s hormones can impact her muscles and joints during pregnancy two hormones relaxin and progesterone relax the muscles that help to loosen ligaments and joints especially in the pelvic area the rectal abdominal muscles can also separate along the center seam as the uterus expands.

4. Diarrhea

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A woman can experience diarrhea throughout her pregnancy both because to hormones and diet changes made to give her baby the nutrients they need during the third trimester however it can be a sign that labor is near as it helps prepare the mother to give birth.

5. Weight gain stops


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An expectant mother should experience weight gain even into her third trimester however toward the end they may notice their weight stays the same and can even decrease this is because mothers at this point should be losing levels of amniotic fluid and other liquids despite this the baby should still gain weight so the mother’s weight evens out.

6. Fatigue and a “nesting instinct”

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Toward the end of a woman’s pregnancy she may experience some of the feelings she went through in the beginning tiredness and an urge to nest surrounding themselves while they sleep this isn’t universal as some mothers may feel more energy as their pregnancy progresses.

7. Vaginal discharge changes its color and consistency

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A mother may soon lose her mucous plug that seals off the uterus coming out all at once or in pieces although some women don’t lose it at all because of this vaginal discharge can increase and become thicker it’s also expected to take on a more pinkish color as labor draws near.

8. Stronger, more frequent contractions

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Contractions can predict early labor, but not always mothers can experience contractions for months before they finally give birth stronger contractions that don’t easily stop are usually a symptom that labor is indeed soon especially if they happen more often and cause pain contractions that stop just from the mother changing positions usually are not.

9. The water breaks

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While movies and television shows treat water breaking as the first sign of a woman knowing she’s about to go into labor it really is one of the last sings that happens and not all women go through it in fact it only happens in around 15 per cent of births despite the name the sensation of your water breaking is actually the breaking of the membranous sac or the amniotic sac that surrounds your baby and is likely caused by a chemical reaction from the baby’s brain signals.

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