What are 3 signs that labor is approaching?

What are 3 signs that labor is approaching?
Here are three signs that labor may be approaching:
  1. Braxton Hicks contractions: These are often described as “practice contractions” and can start as early as the second trimester. However, as labor approaches, they may become more frequent, stronger, and more regular. Unlike true labor contractions, Braxton Hicks contractions are usually irregular and don’t become longer, stronger, and closer together over time.

  2. Cervical changes: As the cervix prepares for labor, it may start to soften, thin out (efface), and open (dilate). Your healthcare provider may be able to detect these changes during a pelvic exam.

  3. Bloody show: As the cervix starts to dilate, the mucus plug that has been blocking the opening of the cervix may be released, resulting in a small amount of blood-tinged mucus discharge. This is often called a “bloody show” and can be a sign that labor is approaching.

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