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The last weeks and days can truly stretch, especially when you are looking for any sign that something is about to happen.

Bellow is a list of some of the signs that can indicate labor is either about to begin or will be starting in the next couple of days. Nevertheless, this guide is no way a guarantee.

Disclaimer: Every woman is different and will undergo different signs before going into labor.

If you have any concerns or not sure if labor has started, you should always contact your health care provider for advice.

Labor Signs

Absolutely Nothing

Some women have no signs before labor starts other than their first contraction.

OR PERHAPS…the signals have been so inconsiderable or confused with other pregnancy symptoms that you have not noticed.

Acne

Due to increased hormone levels, some women can experience an outbreak of pimples in the last couple of days before labor begins.

OR PERHAPS…you just ate too much chocolate.

Back Pain

Back pain is a relatively common sign of imminent labor. In fact, sometimes, back pain can, in fact, be contractions.

OR PERHAPS…you are just getting back pain from the pressure and extra weight of the baby, or the baby is in a posterior position.

Bloody Show

When you wipe, you may notice a red or brown display of blood that means labor is close.

OR PERHAPS…it is just a sign that labor is about two weeks away.

Blood Pressure

Often blood pressure can go up in the last two or three days before labor begins.

OR PERHAPS…it is an indication of other problems that your health care provider will need to check, such as preeclampsia.

Braxton Hicks

Although these fake contractions are prevalent after 20 weeks gestation, they often become more intensive or feel different shortly before labor starts, and occasionally can even be confused with real contractions.

OR PERHAPS…you are just undergoing more Braxton hicks than usual.

Ways To Have a Quicker, Shorter Labor

Even though the end of pregnancy is typically eagerly awaited, especially when even the tiniest woman feels like a whale, there is also a hint of fear about the oncoming pain of birth. One of the greatest fears is related to the length of the labor – if too long the mother may end up exhausted and need urgent medical intervention. Here are some ways to decrease the labor time, nevertheless, please remember the following:

  • Do these ways at your own risk. If you have a high-risk or complicated pregnancy, it is always best to seek medical advice before doing any type of natural or homeopathic remedy.
  • These ways are not guaranteed to work. Even though many mothers have found these to be successful, unpredicted complications such as medical problems, pelvic position or baby’s position (for example a posterior baby can take longer to birth) may result in a longer labor.

Good Posture

Try your best to sit up unswerving and with your legs as wide as possible – slumping can be bad for two reasons:

  • The baby is more probable to move into a posterior position if you slump, causing painful back labor.
  • Correct posture aids your body open up, push the baby into the correct position and align the pelvis correctly.
  • Do a daily inversion to help get the baby into the best position to shove on the cervix at the best angle

Click here to learn more labor signs and ways to have a quicker, shorter labor.

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