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Despite knowing all the signs, virtually every woman going into labour convinces herself that even though she is carrying a full-term baby, she is definitely just experiencing very bad indigestion, a touch of the runs and has wet herself all at the same time.
All of the following are good signs that labour is under way; if you experience any of them more than two weeks before your due date, call your midwife straight away for advice.
Diarrhoea – this may be an early sign that things are hotting up. Some people also experience a feeling of constipation.
Lower back pain or cramping - can be dull or stabbing pains.
A show/loss of mucus plug - look for a snotty, jelly-like blob or a red or brownish vaginal discharge.
Contractions - regularly spaced contractions that feel more intense than Braxton Hicks = the real thing. We're in business, baby.
Your waters breaking - sometimes quite suddenly. It could literally happen AT ANY TIME!
Heaviness in your pelvis and the urge to push - oops, too late.
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