There are a few things that might tell you the birth is on its way include:-

  • You may be able to breathe more deeply
  • You are eating more
  • Need to use the toilet more frequently
  • Walking may become more difficult
  • You have back ache
  • Notice more intense Braxton Hicks contractions
  • Sudden urges of energy that will make you want to clean or bring order to your home!

Every birth is different for every woman, but regular contractions are usually the first sign of going in to labour. Once you start having regular, painful contractions that last more than 30 seconds, labour may have started. These contractions can feel like menstrual cramps. During labour your contractions tend to become longer, stronger and more frequent. When your water has broken and if you are not in hospital, this is the time to contact your midwife or hospital.