The Common Early Labor Signs and a Downloadable Guide

The days leading up to birth can feel slow and overwhelming. Learn all about early labor signs and inductions with these helpful worksheets.

As your due date fast approaches, every twinge or ache can cause you to wonder if labor is coming. Thankfully, some typical signs signal you’re closer to meeting your baby. Of course, it’s impossible to predict when exactly you’ll meet your baby, and many factors go into the timing of arrival.

If, at any point, you believe you are experiencing actual labor, begin to time your contractions and call your healthcare provider to receive further guidance.

Some common signs of labor

As we mentioned above, there are some common signs that mean labor is near. These include:

  • Your belly is dropping
  • You feel frequent joint pain and aches
  • Increased cramping and soreness
  • Looser bowel movements
  • You feel like nesting

This list is a small sampling of the common signs of labor. If you want to learn more, the below guide can help you decipher whether or not the baby is on their way! You’ll find more information on the signs of active labor, how to time your contractions, and more.

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Rhiannon Langford

Doula and Founder, Birth Boss Maternity Care

As a Full-Spectrum Doula at Birth Boss, Rhiannon offers care to all types of parents – from fertility to birth to postpartum and everything in-between. She is a spiritual soul with a passion for empowerment. After a career in the non-profit sector, she found her calling in birth work while working on a maternal mental health series with the BBC. She tries to live every day with purpose – helping her clients be the boss of their parenting journey gives her LIFE.

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