Early Signs of Labour
Your waters break
Otherwise known as the moment the sac of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby ruptures. This can happen as an all-in-one gush, or a slow trickle that lasts a few days.
As your bump grows, your baby will push your stomach upwards. This forces acid in your stomach into your windpipe, causing heartburn.
In the weeks before giving birth, your baby will drop down into your pelvis, which means you might finally get some relief.
You have backache
An ache in your lower back can mean your baby is rotating into the right position for labour. This can take a few days and might be painful. Put your feet up, ask your partner for a backrub and take a hot bath to relieve symptoms.
You have a ‘show’
A mucus plug covers your cervix in pregnancy and this may come loose up to a few days before labour starts. A brown, pink or red-tinged stringy or jelly-like discharge, it can come out either in one lump or more gradually over a few days. Find out all you need to know about the mucus plug here.
Your nipples leak
This can happen throughout the final few weeks of pregnancy, but you might notice it morein the last few weeks before your baby arrives. The milk you’re leaking is colostrum, a nutrient-rich liquid that will nourish your baby until your proper milk comes in a couple of days after the birth.