The third trimester of pregnancy is such an exciting time; you've been waiting for nine months, and are probably impatient for baby to come! But determining whether or not you're in labour can be confusing, especially if you've never had a baby before.
Below are some signs that may indicate pre-labour or early labour (the latent phase):
Bear in mind that a full term pregnancy is classed as the period between 37 to 42 weeks, and only about 5% of babies are actually born on their due date!
When you go into labour you will need to:
•Call your lead maternity care giver
•Call your birth partner
•If you have children, call your pre-arranged babysitter
•Call the hospital to find out if your room is ready
•Put your hospital bag by the door
Once you've contacted your LMC or obstetrician, they will assess the dilation of your cervix and check your blood pressure, temperature and pulse. From here they will guide you as to when you should be going to hospital, or getting ready if you're planning a home birth.