By the time you’re nearing the end of your third trimester, there’s a good chance that you’re desperately hoping that labor will be starting soon and are looking for any twinges that your pregnancy will be over.
Not only do you want to meet your baby, but you’re so over needing to pee a million times a night, crying because your husband brought home the wrong type of ice cream and awful heartburn! The thought of going into labor is so exciting towards the end.
I get you. I’m a Mom of Three. Pregnancy exhaustion is insane, and they say that in the last few months of pregnancy, time literally freezes. I agree – but not to worry! You will have your baby before you know it. Here are the top indicators that labor will be coming soon.
As baby wiggles further down into your pelvis, the appearance of your bump changes – it appears to be lower.
Luckily for you, when baby drops, you’re likely to feel more pressure on your bladder, so you will be likely to be peeing even more than usual (you probably didn’t think that was possible at this point!). Isn’t pregnancy fun? 😉
You Get Diarrhea
Ugh, yes. This lovely symptom is reported by a lot of women before they going into labor. Keep an eye out of a pressure that feels like you need to poop too, which could indicate baby’s head is engaging.
You Lose Your Mucus Plug
Your mucus plug is – unsurprisingly – like plug. It the protects the cervix from bacteria that can harm your baby.
It’s not like normal discharge; it’s super thick, looks like gel, and may look pink tinged. It might come away in small bits, or all at once… or you may not even notice it at all.
You Are Extremely Fatigued
You’ve probably been feeling tired for a little while, but you may find yourself feeling even more exhausted when labor is imminent. Take the time to rest and recharge your body while you have the opportunity.
You Feel The Need To Start Nesting.
You’re tired, but you feel this overwhelming need to clean – everything. Reorganising cupboards? No biggie. Washing curtains? Great! This is nesting – you are getting ready for baby. (Are you organised yet? Here is my complete checklist of everything you need.)
Your Body Hurts!
Joints become looser, backs become sorer, and Braxton Hicks contractions become more frequent and even more intense (some people even mistake them for the real deal – remember, Braxton hicks are irregular and don’t increase in pain. Contractions do!) If you’re finding your body aches and cramps, this is a good sign that you’re going into labor and will be meeting your precious baby soon. Yay!
You Aren’t Really As Hungry – And Your Weight May Plateau
This is normal, but be sure to keep eating and drinking. Being dehydrated can actually cause women to think they’re in labor when they’re not. Avoid that happening by keeping on top of your water intake.
Change In Discharge
Discharge is something to keep an eye. In particular, watch out for trickling, clear fluid. Lots of women think that their waters breaking will be an enormous gush, like in dramatic movie scenes. Often this isn’t the case at all, and broken waters start with a slow trickle. If you think this is the case, pop on a pad and call your car provider.
Hopefully, if you’re full term, you’re starting to feel these twinges and labor will be coming on before you know it. If not, here are some great ideas to help you encourage labor, naturally.