Your vagina is pretty amazing and you probably already knew that, but when it comes to childbirth, it's more than just a badass — it's also like a crystal ball. The third trimester vaginal signs that mean labor is coming might not be too surprising to you (I mean, your vagina is kind of made for this thing), but knowing them can make you feel more prepared. And if there's anything that deserves a little homework and studying, it's childbirth, right?
There are a lot of things your body puts into motion to give you a heads up that your baby is on its way, but your vagina specifically has its own signs (and I don't mean a baby's head crowning out of it.) Some are subtle, like a shift in your vaginal discharge, and others are more like the movie versions of labor and childbirth with lots of leaking and someone yelling for boiling water.
But, it's worth noting that there aren't too many of them. According to the American Pregnancy Association, most of the action is happening with your contractions. While your cervix is dilating, early labor can take anywhere from eight to 12 hours, so it's important to remember that any vaginal change doesn't necessarily mean labor is imminent. Until you reach active labor, you'll probably be more focused on how those contractions feel, timing them, and trying to rest in between. But knowing these vaginal signs that mean labor is coming can make you feel a little more prepared.