The following signs indicate labour:
Once labour starts you need to contact your doctor and the hospital and tell them you are on the way. Following admission
the doctor or midwife will advise you on the stage of your labour and the progression of the birth
Do not hesitate to re-state your personal wishes and ideas concerning childbirth and pain relief. Your partner is welcome
to be present with you during labour and at the birth.
This often termed the first sign of labour but in reality,
your labour is more likely to start with contractions. When waters do break, some women hear a popping
sound, some don't, and they may have a gush or just a trickle.
Waters often break just before the second stage (pushing stage) of labour, when you are nearly fully dilated, due to the
pressure of your baby bearing down.
Indicators that your waters broke include:
If you suspect your waters broke, use a pad, not a tampon and call your doctor or obstetrics unit.