Preparing for childbirth is an exciting time for parents. While the anticipation of your baby’s arrival can be thrilling, it can also be nerve-wracking as you wait for your labor to begin.
Knowing the signs that labor is 24 to 48 hours away can help you prepare and plan ahead in those last days of pregnancy.
Signs that labor is 24 to 48 hours away: changes in your body
One of the most common signs that labor is on its way is a change in your body.
As you get closer to your due date, you may start feeling different sensations, such as cramps or contractions.
Your baby may even start dropping lower in your pelvis, which can result in pressure on your bladder and difficulty breathing.
Other physical changes that may indicate labor is around the corner include increased vaginal discharge, lightening (the sensation that the baby is “dropping”), and lower back pain or cramping.
Changes in your baby
There are also changes happening within your body that may signal labor is near.
An increase in fetal movement—known as quickening—can be one sign of impending labor.
Additionally, if you have an ultrasound or other imaging test done late in pregnancy, it can detect whether or not the amniotic sac has ruptured and whether there’s meconium (a newborn’s first stool) present in the amniotic fluid—both potential signs of imminent labor.
Changes in mood
Not all pre-labor indicators are physical; some are emotional too! You might find yourself feeling more moody than usual and having a hard time sleeping, all common symptoms when parents are awaiting their baby’s arrival!
It’s also not uncommon for moms-to-be to feel an urge to clean their house right before giving birth—this may manifest itself as a sudden burst of energy known as nesting instinct!
In fine, all these signs — physical, emotional and behavioral — can indicate that labor is 24 to 48 hours away.
So keep an eye out for changes both inside and outside of your body as you approach delivery day!
And remember, every pregnancy journey looks different so always trust what you’re feeling and follow your gut!
Ultimately, if you think something isn’t quite right or if something feels off then reach out to your physician right away! After all, they know best!