Top 10 signs of pregnancy
Missing your period
Swelling and tenderness of the breasts
Changed sense of taste
Cravings for certain food
Darkening of your areolas
A positive home pregnancy test
How will I come to know if I am in labour?
How will I know when the pains are real?
Labour can be different for each woman, and pointing when it starts is often not quite possible. It's more of an entire process rather than a single event. There are various changes in your body that work together to help deliver your baby safely. If you're really in labour, one or more of these things will occur:
You will have contractions at a regular interval which then increases having shorter intervals, also they will become longer and stronger in intensity.
You may have tenacious lower back or thigh pain, often followed by a crampy premenstrual feeling.
You may find the need to use the toilet a lot. Some women have a feeling to empty their bladder, others an urge to pass stools!
You may notice a brownish or blood-tinged mucus discharge. In case if you pass the mucus plug that blocks your cervix, labour could be coming soon. It can even be several days away, however, this is a sign that things are going smoothly.
Your waters may leak or break with a gush
Your cervix becomes progressively softer and thinner (known as effacement) and may dilate up to 10cm.