If you’re a soon-to-be mom, one of the most exciting things to look out for is the signs that your body is preparing to give birth. As labor draws closer, your cervix will begin to thin and widen, a process known as dilation. Knowing when you’re dilating—and how far along you are in the dilation process—can be a helpful indicator of when labor will start. Here are some common signs that you may be dilating.
Signs you’re dilating
As your baby drops further down in your pelvis, you may notice lightening—a feeling of pressure in your lower abdomen or pelvis that signals that your baby is getting ready for delivery. This sensation may be accompanied by an increase in Braxton Hicks contractions and can help indicate whether or not you’re dilating.
An increase in vaginal discharge before labor, ranging from a mucus plug to bloody show, can be a sign that labor is approaching. Contact your doctor or midwife if you notice this discharge for further examination.
Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite, caused by pressure from the baby dropping into the pelvis, can be a sign of impending labor. Braxton Hicks contractions can also cause difficulty eating large meals as labor approaches.
Prepare for your baby’s arrival by knowing the common signs of dilation, which include lightening, increased discharge, and decreased appetite. Contact your doctor or midwife if you experience any concerning or unusual symptoms. Good luck!