21 useful points to prepare you for labour

by Kat de Naoum |

As a first-time mum-to-be you've probably got the general gist of what will happen before, during and after labour; braxton hicks, waters potentially breaking, cramps, spotting, contractions, natural birth, c-section...

Well, there's a lot more to think about too, so we asked a bunch of mums to tell us the truth about labour and more importantly, to tell us about all the things they wish they knew before it started.

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1) You might not realise you’re in labour

You may be so accustomed to getting Braxton Hicks contractions during your pregnancy that when the real ones kick it, it could be hard to tell the difference.

Generally, labour contractions are much more painful, but there have been instances where labour has started and the mother was completely oblivious.

In addition, your waters may break and you might not realise it, so keep an eye out on any leaks or discharge and call your midwife if you have any concerns/questions.

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Now read:

The three stages of labour and what to expect

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