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What Are the Signs That Labor is Starting? – Podcast Ep 134

Unsure if you'll really know you're in labor? In this episode, doula, Nina Spears, shares the signs to look for to know when labor is starting.

Published March 26, 2024

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

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Just a few weeks ago, I had a birth doula client who asked me if she would really know when labor was starting. This question surprised me because she was pregnant with her second child. Her first childbirth experience was an induction, but she knew what contractions felt like. However, the more I thought about this question, the more I realized many expecting moms have asked me this, “Will I really know when I’m in labor?” So, I thought it would be a good time to review the signs that labor is starting so you have more confidence in when to contact your doctor or midwife.

How to Know That Labor is Getting Closer

I know that you are so excited for your little one to be here (and not to be pregnant anymore). The third trimester can feel like the longest one. Each week and day can feel like forever because you are getting increasingly uncomfortable. I get it. Thankfully, there are some signs that you should be aware of that can be good indicators that labor is on the horizon! I discuss these FOUR THINGS to look for as you approach your due date. In this episode, I share what each one is, when you can potentially experience them, and what to possibly expect from these signs. This will give you more confidence that your body is doing what it’s supposed to and getting you closer to meeting your baby. So exciting!

4 Signs That Labor is Starting

Once you have experienced those signs of labor approaching, you will soon experience the real deal. If you’re unsure what to pay attention to and look for, there are FOURS SIGNS that indicate labor is starting. If you want to learn about these signs and what they mean, I talk about them in this episode. Download and play this episode wherever you listen to podcasts, or scroll up and play on the player provided above. I walk you through these signs of labor and what you can expect from each.

I know that this is an exciting and anxious time. You are so ready to meet your baby that you begin to second guess if you are really in labor. But I promise, if you listen to this show and pay attention to your body, you will really know when you are in labor and when to go to the hospital.

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Thank you for tuning into this episode. Tell us your thoughts and labor experience on our podcast Instagram page @thebabychick! For expecting mamas still waiting to meet their little ones, I hope this helps you better understand your body and know what to look for when labor begins.


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Nina is The Baby Chick® & Editor-in-Chief of Baby Chick®. She received her baby planning certification in early 2011 and began attending births that same year. Since then, Nina has… Read more

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