There is no specific sign that determines the exact time to give birth. However, when pregnancy has come to an end, the mother's body undergoes some obvious changes:
- The baby descends and settles into the pelvis, so the pregnant woman will feel less pressure on her rib cage.
- Uterine contractions increase and become more frequent.
- The cervix dilates and softens.
- The mucus plug breaks and the waters break.
By Andrea Rodrigo B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist), Blanca Paraíso M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc. (gynecologist), Marta Barranquero Gómez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist), Óscar Oviedo Moreno M.D. (gynecologist) and Cristina Algarra Goosman B.Sc., M.Sc. (psychologist).
Last Update: 08/25/2023