Is today the day the baby comes? Every mom has a different labor experience—some start with your water breaking, you may have a daylong backache that turns into contractions, or contractions could start suddenly without any warning!
There are three stages of labor. During the first stage, the cervix thins and dilates, and contractions begin. The second stage involves pushing the baby through your birth canal. The third stage is the shortest and easiest: cutting the umbilical cord and expelling the placenta.
There are a lot of different signs that you could be in labor, some more obvious than others. If you think you’re in labor, call your doctor, midwife or nurse line. They can answer any questions about when you should come to the hospital.
Possible signs of labor
Positive signs of labor
Learn more about how to tell if you’re in labor.