8 early signs of labour
Early signs of labour: Lightening
As you near the end of pregnancy your baby will get into position for birth, ‘dropping’ head down into the lower part of the uterus. It’s known as ‘lightening’ as there’s less pressure on the stomach and lungs, enabling you to eat and breathe more easily.
The flip side is your bladder takes the strain so you’ll need the loo more often, and you may experience some backache or difficulty in walking. First time around it can happen a couple of weeks ahead, but with subsequent babies it’s likely to be just before labour so make sure your hospital bag is packed and ready to go.