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Like actual childbirth, the early signs of labour involve varying degrees of pain, expulsion of bodily fluids and strong emotions (such fun).
Unlike actual childbirth, the early signs can involve deciding to repaint your skirting boards and iron your towels (bear with).
Here are some of the most common signs that baby is on its way, as experienced by Mumsnetters.
Backache - can be dull or stabbing pains
Upset stomach - or, alternatively, feeling like you're constipated
Mood swings - PBS (pre-birth syndrome), perhaps?
Nesting instinct - a sudden inclination to clean and organise things (see skirting boards and towels...)
Burst of energy - adrenaline, nerves and excitement giving you a boost
A show - a sort of small, slimy bit of discharge. Lovely!
Your waters breaking - sometimes quite suddenly. It could literally happen AT ANY TIME!
Contractions - the real thing. We're in business, baby.
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We hope this helps you to decide if your baby is about to make his or her debut. But if you're in any doubt about the signs of labour, do consult your antenatal team or GP. No one will care if it turns out to be a false alarm (except you, of course).
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