You’ve spent (roughly) nine months waiting. That’s 270 days spent counting kicks, gazing adoringly at ultrasound pictures, and daydreaming about names. And now, the moment is approaching — childbirth. But how do you know exactly when it’s really the moment and not just a false alarm? If you’re wondering how to tell if you’re in labor, rest assured that there are some telltale signs your baby is on his or her way.
Now, keep in mind, there is still the chance of a false alarm. Thanks to the always-confusing Braxton Hicks contractions and a leaky pregnancy bladder, there are some symptoms that can be a bit misleading. Even the bloody show can cause a woman to think she’s in labor, when it is really just her mucus plug being expelled, according to the American Pregnancy Association. But there are some indications that you should press pause on Netflix and get yourself to a hospital or birthing center. I spoke with Eden Fromberg, a holistic OB-GYN and women’s health specialist, who shared several ways expectant moms can tell if they’re really in labor or if a prescription of more patience is in order. And if you’re still unsure after hearing her advice, there’s no harm in reaching out to your OB-GYN. After all, it’s your body. You know it better than anyone else.