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Sadly, there is no "one answer" for labor or how it starts. For some women, they dilate and have false labor for weeks before the actual day. Other women just go into labor spontaneously one night! Just try your best to relax and calm your mind and listen to your body. You'll know when labor starts and if you have any questions be sure to call your doctor immediately. I usually experienced early labor for hours before the real thing kicks in. You should feel small contractions that don't go away and get stronger and stronger. Some women lose their mucus plug before hand and other women have their water break. If you are 39 weeks, then it should be any time now really! Good luck and you'll do great!
You must be so excited as you are so close to the big day. I'm hoping that MommyRN4 offered you some of the info that you were looking for. She is a much better resource on this particular topic than I am. I do want to wish you well and encourage you to continue to post and keep us in the loop. Sending wishes for a healthy baby and easy labor your way,
I echo MommyRN4 and say there is no magic week or perfect answer about how labor feels. From my own personal experience, I would say labor felt like bad gas pain with some cramping. At first, I thought it really was just some gas but as I realized the pain was becoming regular and then going away, I realized it was my labor starting. Just make sure you know when your doctor wants you to call him/her and head to the hospital. If you are induced, they will check you into the hospital and start an IV drip usually that will help to cause your uterus to contract. Hope this helps!
As a Daddy, this question is best answered by others! I just wanted to say congratulations and good luck over the next couple of weeks.
Anytime you will give birth, congratulations to you to your husband and your coming baby. Just observe your body if you feel uncomfortable and the contractions is also fast then that would be one of the sign that you are going to give birth.
I didn't go in to labor on my own. I was induced at 41 1/2 weeks. I did have a few braxton hicks before that, but didn't even realize it until my doctor told me. My labor lasted 40 hours and I didn't fully dialate. I got to 9 1/2. I waited a LONG time to get the epidural and was so glad that I did.I recommend it! I was in so much pain I really didn't feel the needle at all! I ended up needing to get a C-section. Once the baby is in your arms it will all be worth the long wait! Good Luck!