Learn how to spot the signs of labour and stay relaxed with our hints and tips.
The signs you need to look out for
The first stage of labour can last for hours, so the first thing to remember is not to panic when the signs of labour start. Signs you are in early labour may include a combination of the following:
- A show - the plug of mucus that has been sealing your cervix comes away
- Your waters breaking
- A cramping feeling - a bit like period pains
- Feeling bloated, constipated or a bit of pain in your tummy
- Diarrhoea or nausea
When should I call my midwife or the hospital?
As soon as you think you’re in the early stages of labour, get in contact. They’ll want to know the timings of your contractions and any other symptoms. Remember, if your waters have broken you should always call them straight away. They’ll help to advise you on when you should go into hospital.