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6 ways to know if you’re in labor

Strong and consistent contractions

Time your contractions to see if it’s the real thing.

You may have had Braxton-Hicks contractions already as your body’s way of rehearsing for the real deal, but when the real contractions come they tend to be more painful and consistent. If you aren’t sure which type of contractions you are experiencing, you can time them: if you’ve been having contractions that last for one minute, every five minutes over the course of at least an hour, you might want to grab that overnight bag. If your doctor or midwife told you to watch for contractions that come farther apart than five minutes, due to a previously fast labor or other birth, be sure to heed that advice.

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