Signs of Labor ~ Mucus Plugs and More!

signs of labor

Adapted excerpt from Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Childbirth.

Once you’re nearing the end of pregnancy, chances are you spend a great deal of time willing the baby to make an appearance, like now please. You read and re-read that section of the guidebook that tells you about the signs of labor, just in case you missed something the last three thousand times you read it. Or maybe you’re okay with waiting a little longer. You’re not completely obsessing over how to get this baby out as soon as possible and you’re not even sure if you know the signs. Well, if you’re the latter here’s the scoop on what to look out for. Of course, waters breaking and the tell-tale contractions are the usual indicators. But there are a few less talked about signs of labor.

So what are some other ways to know that it’s almost go time? Start checking your underwear ladies. A bloody show which is usually pink streaked discharge could mean you’re not far off at all. Losing your mucus plug is an indicator that labor is a few days or less away. Losing your what? Think of your mucus plug as a jelly-like cork that seals your uterus. It’s easy to miss as it may not come out in one go, or it may simply drop in the toilet without you noticing. Also, did you know that loose stools could mean more than just a dodgy taco, and are often a sign of imminent labor? Although there are lots of potential signs, they don’t always happen for everyone. Or they happen and simply go unnoticed. Even with all of these warning signs it’s still very common to be caught completely off guard.

I regularly post adapted excerpts from my “Stuff I Wish I Knew…” series of books. My goal is to help new and expectant parents feel a little more prepared for what to expect on the journey to parenthood.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post from the second book in the series Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Childbirth.

If you want to read more from me about pregnancy and beyond check out my books available on Amazon:

Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Pregnancy

Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Childbirth

Stuff I Wish I Knew…About Newborns

Once you’re nearing the end of pregnancy, chances are you spend a great deal of time willing the baby to make an appearance, like now please. You read and re-read that section of the guidebook that tells you about the signs of labor, just in case you missed something the last three thousand times you read it.

3 Comment

  1. My only sign of labor with my second was contractions right on top of each other. He was born in 2.5 hours.

    With my first, my water broke followed by contractions. She was born in 4 hours.

    1. Lana Pope says: Reply

      Wow, that’s amazing. I guess they simply couldn’t wait to meet you!

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