Signs of labour

You are unlikely to mistake the signs of labour when the time really comes, but if you are in any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact your midwife.

Regular contractions

During a contraction, your uterus gets tight and then relaxes.

Other signs of labour

  • Backache
  • The ‘show’
  • Your waters break
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

Birthing Partner

Your birthing partner can provide you with support.  It is important to discuss your birthing plan so they can support your decisions.  They can provide company and offer practical support such as:

  • company
  • massage
  • water
  • hand holding
  • encouraging you as labour progresses to use relaxation techniques

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