Signs of Labor

Many changes happen in your body before labor begins.

You may have some of these signs before you go into labor:

  • A small amount of light pink or brownish mucus from your vagina
  • Your baby moves down into your pelvis
  • You may feel less pressure on your stomach and more pressure on your bladder
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps or mild contractions. These feel like when you get your period
  • Lower back pain
  • Your bag of water may break. You might have a gush or a trickle of fluid from your vagina (You can be in labor without breaking your water)

When should I call my provider?

Call your clinic during office hours. After office hours, call 617.414.2000 or the number your provider gives you if:

  • Your bag of water breaks. Call even if you do not have contractions.
  • You have regular, painful contractions.
  • You have bleeding from your vagina.
  • Your baby is not moving as much as before.

What to do about early labor

  • During the night, stay in bed and rest as much as you can.
  • During the day, go for a walk or talk to friends.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat meals and snacks at regular times.
  • For pain relief, try a warm bath or shower massage or a hot water bottle.
  • Ask for help from your partner, Birth Sister, or other support person.
  • Call your provider before you come to the hospital.
  • Leave valuables like jewelry at home.