Water-breaking is just one possible sign. Learn the real and false signs of labor here. 

There are a few signs that differentiate true labor from false labor:

REAL Labor


  • Contractions are regular and come at increasingly shorter intervals and become longer and more intense.
  • Timing of the contractions are irregular and do not become more frequent or more intense.
  • Breaking of waters that result in a trickle or a gush of fluid. Contractions may start before or after.
  • Contractions stop during rest, when mother stops what she is doing, walking, or changing position.
  • Passing the mucus plug. Labor could still be a few days away, but it is coming.
  • Contractions are inconsistent in strength (strong one minute then weak the next).
  • Persistent pain in the lower back, especially if accompanied by a cramping, premenstrual feeling.
  • Location of pain is in the front only.
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