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labor-painsHow can you tell if those aches are Braxton hicks contractions or the real deal? Labor feels different for every mom-to-be, but there’s a good chance you’re experiencing true labor contractions if …

  • They cause pain and pressure—and are too strong to speak through.
  • They’re regular, meaning they come at consistent time intervals.
  • They gradually become longer, more frequent and more intense.
  • Each one starts in the lower back and radiates forward (or vice versa).
  • Changing positions or activities, such as walking, doesn’t slow them down.
  • You can’t feel baby move during the contraction.
  • There is blood, discharge or fluid leaking from your vagina.
  • They come with any of the following symptoms: cramps, diarrhea or an upset stomach.

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