Prodromal Labor Symptoms & What You Can Do

You’re in your third trimester, you feel ready to pop, and you’re more than ready to finally meet your little nugget! But when on-and-off contractions start before you’re full term, you may need to contain your excitement. Prodromal labor, also called false labor, is different than Braxton Hicks contractions, but it doesn’t mean baby is on the way… yet.

What is prodromal labor?

Prodromal labor is sometimes called false labor, but that term is misleading. Prodromal comes from the Greek word meaning precursor, and even though it only results in minimal cervical dilation, it’s considered an early stage of true labor—not false labor (Source). Some sources say that prodromal labor results in irregular contractions. However, women who have actually had prodromal labor contractions say that they increased in frequency and severity, just like “real” contractions.

What it isn’t

Prodromal labor is different from Braxton Hicks contractions, which are often painless, “practice” contractions, in which your uterus is simply preparing for the big day. Braxton Hicks don’t get longer, stronger and closer together like real labor and are generally higher up in the abdomen area versus low in pelvis.

Prodromal labor is also different than pre-term labor, which is when you go into labor and baby is born before reaching full term. You can read more about what Braxton Hicks feel like here, as well as more about pre-term labor here.

How is it different from “real” contractions?

Prodromal labor IS real labor, so even though it’s not time for baby just yet, these contractions can exactly mimic early contractions. Prodromal labor contractions can be sporadic, but they can also increase in frequency—but only up to a point; they won’t get you all the way to delivery. This can make things confusing. If the contractions are increasing in frequency, you might think, this must be the real deal! But hold your horses, Mama.

You may have already headed to the hospital or called the midwife when the contractions fizzle out and you’re told to just wait. Each labor is different, so there is no clear-cut textbook description of how it could happen for you or the next person.

When does prodromal labor happen?

Some women experience these prodromal labor contractions in the days or hours leading up to labor, while others are dealing with it for weeks (we’re not kidding!). It depends on your body and your baby as to how long the contractions may last. They typically happen at the same time of day, usually at night. For many, they follow a predictable pattern, though this pattern will vary between mamas.

Prodromal labor symptoms

So how do you know for sure that it’s prodromal labor and not something else?

  • A vaginal exam shows minimal cervical dilation
  • Contractions are weaker than “true” labor and don’t increase in frequency or strength
  • Or, if contractions are steady and even increase in strength, but then fizzle out
  • If the contractions are not accompanied by other signs of labor like bloody show or water breaking. However, the mucus plug may start to loosen with prodromal labor.
  • The contractions are in the abdomen instead of radiating from back to front.
  • Contractions stop and start after moving around.

Keep in mind that these aren’t hard and fast rules, as each labor is different.

Causes of prodromal labor

It’s thought that baby’s position is what causes prodromal labor. Your baby is trying to get into a good birth position in preparation for the big day. Most often, the baby is in a posterior position, with the back of their head to your back, which can cause longer births and painful back labor. To figure out what fetal position your baby is in, read about belly mapping here.

How to change baby’s position

The first step is to use belly mapping to determine which direction your baby is facing. You can then use these 7 exercises to help encourage your baby be in a more optimal position for birth. Chiropractic care via the Webster Technique can be helpful for many pregnancy ailments, but it can also encourage a baby to turn.

“Childbirth texts estimate 15–30% of babies are occipital posterior (the back of their head is to the back of mama) in labor. Jean Sutton in Optimal Foetal Positioning describes that 50% of babies tend toward posterior in early labor upon admission to the hospital. Strong latent labor swings about a third of these to left occiput transverse (back of the baby’s head is to mama’s left and baby is facing her right) before dilation begins (in “pre-labor” or “false labor”).” – Source

How to get through it

  • You’re in labor, so act like it! Ask for help if needed, relax, and take it easy.
  • Use pain-relieving and breathing techniques like you would during active labor.
  • Get rest, and sip herbal tea as needed to stay calm.
  • Drink red raspberry leaf tea to help tone the uterus for more effective contractions.
  • Take a warm bath, and relax. Add a few drops of relaxing essential oils like lavender, or uplifting oils like lemon, lime, or orange.
  • Go to bed as usual, even if you’re dealing with contractions night after night. Don’t worry; you won’t be able to sleep through labor when it comes!
  • Have your partner give you a massage to help you relax.
  • Visit an acupuncturist who has experience with pregnant women.
  • Gentle stretching like yoga can help.
  • Changing positions. Try moving around, sitting, or lying down to see what helps.
  • Practice meditation and relaxation techniques.
  • You and your partner can practice the breathing or visualizations you learned in your childbirth classes.
  • Distract yourself with something like cleaning or walking.

What NOT to do

Discuss with your healthcare provider to find the right course of action but it usually involves waiting it out. Once your birth provider determines that it’s prodromal labor and not pre-term or actual labor, then it’s best to wait it out, especially if you’re not full-term.

Should I call my midwife or doctor?

Yes, definitely let them know what’s going on so that they can monitor your labor. But there’s no need to panic. They’ll be able to analyze your specific situation to make sure that you’re not going into premature labor. Something to keep in mind: frequent cervical checks could also increase the likelihood of prodromal labor. As always, if you have questions, or you’re just not sure of what’s going on, contacting your birth team is the safest option.

The bright side of prodromal labor

It’s hard to see the bright side of uncomfortable or painful contractions, especially when you know that you’re still not going to get a baby out of the deal just yet. There are, however, some positives here. Prodromal labor gives you relaxation and breathing technique practice for delivery day. Also, those who experience prodromal labor often have very quick labors and deliveries. So think of it as getting some of the time spent in labor out of the way early. You’ve got this, mama!

Did you experience contractions during the third trimester? What did you find to help ease them?

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 75,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

Cynthia Mason, CNM, APN, MSN medical reviewer at Mama Natural

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Cynthia Mason, CNM, APN, MSN is a Certified Nurse Midwife who has attended more than five hundred births. She works in Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology for Cleveland Clinic .

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  1. I’ve been going through this for over a month and a half now. I’m getting my water broken on Monday.

  2. Super helpful. Positioning must play some role, Ive been cramping every afternoon 6 hours or more 10 then 5 min. About a week I’m 37 weeks

    I’m usind deep knee chest and lunges during cx to try to turn baby. I feel sure if head is better positioned I will go into labor.

  3. I’m not sure if I had prodromal labor or only a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions with each of my 3 pregnancies. I definitely had a lot of BHs, even in my first trimesters. But the last month or so I had a lot and they would be really tight and make me catch my breath, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes keeping me up in the night. Sometimes when I timed them they would be regular, 10 minutes apart for a few hours, and then become irregular and farther apart again. I went on a trip out of state for my brother’s wedding 2 weeks before one of my due dates and was having them 10 minutes apart. People were freaking out that I was in labor. But I just kept doing my thing, drinking lots of water, resting, getting plenty of protein. It’s just what my body does and I didn’t think I was going to be having a baby any time soon (I brought my pregnancy records just in case I ended up having the baby at some random hospital). In the week or so before each birth, the contractions would be 5 minutes apart sometimes, regular for hours, a bit stronger, lasting about 30 seconds but still painless. I would rest, walk, drink, sleep, and try to go about things as regular. They would space out and be irregular again eventually. With each labor it happened like this and then when I was having one of my periods of regular close together painless contractions it became super intense (first two pregnancies the switch was very sudden, third was more gradual) and I was fully dilated within a few hours. Prodromal labor or not, it makes it really hard to know when I’m actually in labor. I can only tell for sure when the pain gets really intense and that can be only a few hours before the baby is born. Or if my midwife tells me. Somehow they know.

  4. Thank you so much for this! And for all the comments, it’s SO helpful. I’m 39 weeks and was up all night with what seemed “real” contractions, throwing up, all that. And then at 4am it just stopped! This is SO helpful. Thank you!

  5. This is so helpful to read! I am 39 weeks with baby #2 and for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been experiencing prodromal labor. I had to leave work early on my last day because I thought I was going into labor. Contractions suddenly start around 8 pm, get so intense that I start vomiting, and everything seems like early labor did with my first baby… Tightness in the chest, back pain (which does not let up between contractions), pressure in my pelvis, and of course a tight uterus. The first two times, once I got off my feet and rested at home while drinking water, it settled down. Last night, though, it happened at home around 6 pm. The whole day was kinda weird- watery discharge, extreme nesting compulsion, etc.. When the contractions started, I rested, hydrated, took a warm shower- but they kept up and worsened. They were like 10 minutes long and I had maybe a minute of rest between them, and it continued like that for an hour. I had my husband come home from work early because I thought it was time. I mean, when contractions are intense enough that they cause vomiting and they’re tough to talk through, that sorta seems like “go time!” But while he was on his way, I was suddenly overcome by fatigue, fell asleep for about 20 minutes, and when I woke they were no longer intense. All night, I had extremely mild but regular contractions. This morning, they were mild and irregular. I got checked and my cervix is dilating on one end but not the other! I felt so confused, but reading this puts it in perspective for me.

  6. This is my 4th baby and I’m currently 28 weeks. With all of my pregnancies I get prodromal labor starting around 24 weeks until I deliver. It starts out just at night and increasing in pain for several hours and eventually gets to be constant with contractions every 1 1/2 minutes. It’s very difficult to deal with! Warm baths, essential oils, and bed rest all help. The positive side is that my deliveries have been wonderful! I was so glad to finally be able to learn what prodromal labor really was and get support from other mamas that have experienced it.

  7. Hello all you mamas and mamas-to-be!
    I am a little over my 40 week “guess” date and I think I have prodromal labor, too! We are so excited for Baby #3 and each night I go to bed putting my faith in God that all will turn out well while also hoping that tonight things will pick up! Oh well, still waiting. I feel blessed to be with midwives who are very laid back about due dates. I know that in just a few days, maybe a week, there will be a much-loved baby in my arms, again, God willing! Don’t lose hope!
    I have been practicing hypnobirthing relaxation techniques during the almost nightly labor “visits.” I can feel my body getting prepared and repeat to myself “ripening, softening, opening.” Great end-of-term mantra.
    It helps that I am already on maternity leave (thank goodness) and have lots of support. Also, I’ve never been more excited to start having intense surges! Not something most mamas wish for… but here I am hoping for things to get intense asap. Motherhood is such a powerful, wonderful journey.
    You got this, Mama!

    • Best of luck to you!

  8. When I was due with my second child, I had 4+ weeks of prodromal labor (not that I knew what it was at the time; I called it false labor because I’d never heard of prodromal labor). It didn’t happen every night, but I got contractions from 1 a.m. – 5 a.m. many nights between weeks 38 and 42. At my 41-week check-up, I was only about 2 cm dilated, even though contractions had been keeping me from sleeping for weeks. It kind of drove me insane to have so many weeks of early labor but no baby to show for it (yet). I felt better when, some months later, I read Wellness Mama’s account of dealing with prodromal labor (in her sixth pregnancy, I think), and I was like, “I’M NOT CRAZY! THIS IS A REAL THING!!!”

  9. 5 weeks after having my first child, I’m pretty sure I was experiencing prodromal labor two days before my son was born. It started late Friday night/early Saturday morning around midnight. I woke up to pains in my abdomen that lasted from 1 to 2 minutes, and varied from 7 to 22 minutes apart. I finally fell back to sleep around 4 am when the contractions stopped. It happened again the next night like clockwork right around midnight – contractions lasted between 40 seconds and 2 minutes, usually between 7 and 20 minutes apart, though I had some that were between 4 and 6 minutes apart. I didn’t get much sleep that night because my contractions didn’t ease up until about 8:30 in the morning. Sunday morning rolled around and once the wave of contractions came back, they never stopped. My partner started timing my contractions and they were consistently 10 minutes apart, so we went to the hospital like my doctor said to do if I were to go into labor, since my son was breech, very small, and we live over 30 minutes from the hospital. (Mind you, we’d been scheduled for a C section since the week before.) It turned into a big fiasco after that because after I got into triage, the midwife said my contractions weren’t regular enough and I hadn’t dilated, so I was sent home with pain meds (which did absolutely nothing!) – even though I was scheduled for a C section the next day! Well, I was only home for 5-6 hours max before we had to rush back to the hospital. By then, my contractions had wrapped around into my back and gotten stronger, then I felt a pop down below and needed to go to the bathroom. I started bleeding right there, minutes before my partner was rushing us back to the hospital doing 80+ mph down the highway. Contractions were coming 3-5 minutes apart and even less on the way to the hospital, and we live 30+ minutes away! Once I got back into triage, the nurse said I was 6 cm dilated and called for the doctor. My son was born less than an hour later via C section weighing only 5 lbs 12 oz. We ended up staying an extra two days in the hospital due to some (relatively minor) complications. I remember the pitiful look on the midwife’s face as if to say, “I never should have sent you home.”

  10. Thank you so much for this article. I am 39+4 with my first baby and I think this is what I’m going through right now. I woke yesterday morning, 4:30 am, to moderate menstrual like cramps in my lower back. Contractions started around 5:30 and progressively got worse/more painful. The docs always say to walk around so that’s what I did all morning. By noon my contractions had been less than four minutes apart for over an hour so we decided to head in. I hadn’t had a bloody show or water break so I wasn’t 100% sold that it was really happening but things were def getting very painful and changing.
    Triaged and and hooked me up. As soon as I was lying down the contractions slowed. I was 5-6 minutes apart and only 1 cm dilated. They sent me home and told me to just rest and drink lots of water.
    The contractions continued to be 4-5 minutes apart through the night but today they are practically gone. I’m so confused and now I’m not confident that I’ll know when “real” labor actually starts. This article has given me some peace of mind but I’m still doubting myself and if I’ll know when to go in.

  11. I’ve been in prodromal labor for about a month now. My due date is September 7th…. only 3 days. I’ve not even effaced at all. My cervix is soft and I was ALMOST to a 1 at my 39 week check. I literally just put 5 bags of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea into like 8oz of water. I know it’s going to be worth the wait and I’ve been hoping for a short labor. Maybe this is why this is happening. I didn’t go through this with my first son. I dilated to a two and then my water broke so the contractions were hard to manage. I didn’t try and educate myself on what would happen. My next doctor appointment is in two days. I know they will schedule my induction then but I really don’t want to be induced. I hope this prodromal labor turns into the real thing before they do that.

  12. Hi Mamas!
    I just wanted to share my experience with Prodromal Labor! I had Prodromal labor for two months straight! (Yay!!) Mine started as a contraction every hour on the hour. I was still working 7 days a week and 7-9 hours a day so it started to get a bit uncomfortable and I had to go on leave sooner than I had planned. After about a month, it went to every half hour. And about two weeks into that, it went to every 15 minutes! That’s where it stayed until I was induced at 41 weeks! I delivered a wonderfully healthy 8lb 4oz, 21.5 inch long baby girl in just an hour!

    The best part, since I had been having contractions for so long, I had become comfortable with them. To a point. Some where still horrible but for the most part it was super doable.

  13. I am 38 weeks today. I went to the hospital a week ago because I was experiencing SEVERE back pain and contractions. I woke up that night from the pain and was uncontrollably shaking and went in that morning thinking maybe it was kidney stones or active labor. Turns out, I was having contractions every 2-5 minutes but I was only 1cm dilated. I wasn’t progressing so they sent me home a few hours later. After reading this article, I’ve realized this is exactly what I’ve been going through this week! None of the doctors could tell me exactly what it was, just that I was in labor but not “active labor.” Super confusing, right? This is my first pregnancy and this article really made sense. All this week I’ve been having contractions and back pain which come and go but get worse at night. I finally know what to tell people when they ask if I’m in labor or not. Thanks, mama Natural!

  14. I was in ” False Labor” for 8 hours !!!
    Only dilated to a 2! Nothing was happening I was so confused! This would be my 5th baby and I’m 37 weeks , and this has never happened to me.
    I went to the hospital at 2 hours at home trying to figure it…. ” is it time, yet???” is this for real? I’m not ready … it’s only 37 weeks???
    All these questions at 0400. Woke up my husband and went to the hospital.
    Man! After all that – nothing – no baby !!
    But I did learn , sitting on a yoga ball and swaying side to side made it feel so much more manageable than lying there taking all that pain.
    Here’s to having a full term pregnancy and praying that THAT! never happens again ?

  15. I went into what I thought was true labor with my son at 40+4 weeks. Contractions started at around 10 pm and by 2 am I was unable to lay comfortably in bed so I got up to take a shower thinking that we would have a baby that day (oh baby, was I wrong!) By 5 am my contractions had intensified enough that we called the midwife to check in. She listened to me on the phone for a couple of contractions and told me that I was probably about 5 to 6 cm dilated and to go ahead and head to the hospital. When we got to the hospital they took me up to triage to do a cervical check and put me on the contraction monitor. My contractions were getting pretty hard to bear, but I was only 3 cm dialated. My husband and I walked around labor and delivery until 7 AM when they checked my cervix again and found that I was forced 4 cmdilated and admitted me to the natural birthing room. By 10 AM my contractions had almost completely fizzled out, and they age us the option to go home and come back in later. We got home around 2 PM and I took a bath and then try to relax on the couch. My contractions started up again around 5 PM and I was able to stay home and till about midnight. Finally the contractions were so bad and were lasting so long that I was starting to get scared. It didn’t feel normal, and it didn’t feel right. I was having contractions that were lasting between five and 15 minutes, with a two minute break in between. Finally we got back to the hospital and back at the triage where they put the contraction monitor on my belly again. As we were looking at the graph on the contraction monitor, my contractions were shooting up to the intensity of true labor and were still lasting between five and 15 minutes each. The nurse was baffled. My mother and husband both felt helpless. No one seems to know what I was going through. Finally at 2 AM we decided to get an epidural. I have been up for over 24 hours dealing with contractions that were unbearable and unpredictable. After my epidural, I was able to sleep for a few hours in around 5 AM I started having normal contractions. I remember looking at the contraction monitor and laughing to myself because the contractions but so predictable and so normal and so much less intense than what I’d been experiencing just hours before. My son finally arrived at 2 PM that afternoon after 41 hours of labor. By the time it was time to push, my epidural had mostly worn off and I was able to to feel everything that was happening, which is what I wanted. At my six week postpartum appointment, I asked my midwife what had happened with my labor, and she responded that it sounded like I’ve had a very intense prodromal labor. After much research, most of the things that I saw said the prodromal labor with “false labor”. I am here to tell you there was nothing false about my labor. It just didn’t follow the normal track that most other women’s do. My son was 9 pounds 12.5 ounces when he was born, so I really believe that his positioning in utero was what caused my prodromal labor. I’m already researching techniques and methods to help with my next labor in case this is something we have to deal with again.

  16. I just delivered my second baby. At 35 weeks I had contractions every 3-5 min for 24 hours. No dilation and while not very painful I would loose my breath and get very hot during the contractions. This happened again at 36 weeks. When I actually went into labor at 37 weeks the contractions were similar but wrapped from low uterus all the way to my back, as described in this article. I delivered 4 hours after my water broke, successful VBAC!

  17. I had prodromal labor for a month prior to my sons birth and once active labor started, he came in 3 hours. I am pregnant with my third and again started prodromal labor at 36 weeks. It’s much easier to deal with this time as I know better what my body wants to do (and I’m all for a short active labor and delivery!). I’ve been taking many baths with essential oils and drinking red raspberry leaf tea, which has helped greatly. My husband has been great to allow me to nap during the day because my bouts of contractions have been keeping me up at night.

    Thank you for this article!!

  18. I was so confused about what was going on with my contractions until this article! Thank you so much! I’m 41 weeks today ave have been having prodromal labor since Thursday. I’ve been losing my mucus plug slowly but surely over the past few days and my cervix is really soft but hasn’t dilated yet. I was feeling discouraged until I read your article and the comments. I’m believing God for supernatural birth and this is helping me get there!

    • You can do it Lysette! Stay positive, keep the faith, and best wishes for an awesome birth! ❤️

  19. I had contractions that started on a Thursday evening and i didn’t deliver until the following Wednesday. They would get to be every 2-3 minutes apart overnight and by morning would fizzle to every 15-30 minutes. I went to hospital Sunday morning and was only 2cm and didn’t dilate any further after waiting nearly 2 hours to be checked again. I started to have pretty intense contractions around midnight and my water finally broke at 4cm around 4am Wednesday morning, delivered at 330pm after I pushed for 3+ hours and still needed vacuum assist. It was absolutely exhausting. Prodromal labor is for the birds! I didn’t sleep for daaaays leading up to birth and certainly didn’t get to catch up afterward!

  20. I had prodomal labor with my first, and wound up going to the hospital three times in “false” labor. The fourth time I didn’t progress fast enough for the nurse, even though it was true labor. (Three hospital births later, I’m glad to say she proved to be the exception to all the amazing nurses I have met.) Once I experienced active labor, I was able to tell the difference. Still, doctors usually will tell you to have yourself checked out “just in case,” which can be frustrating to make a trip to the hospital just to be discharged. You grow older and wiser, but to any mom who has or will be there… no shame in making an extra trip! Just call it practice for the real hospital run! 😉

  21. I am currently pregnant with our fourth baby. I’ve had prodromal labor with my previous three from about 29-37 weeks. Each pregnancy I hope I can avoid it, but I guess that’s just what my body does. I usually start dilating at that 29 week mark and make it to around 4-5cm by 35 weeks until I fully go into labor around 37 weeks. Hardest weeks of my life! It does make for very short labors though. My third was born in 47 minutes.

  22. This is a great article and I learned a lot from it. The only thing I would say is that most of the time you are absolutely right, most won’t be able to sleep through active labor, but I do have a friend who did with her second child and woke up to her baby crowning! Obviously an uncommon occurrence but maybe one that should be looked into. Thank you so much for the great website! I’m a home-birthing natural mom at 37 weeks with number 3 looking forward to another midwife assisted water birth.

  23. I was in prodromal labor with my daughter for 4 days with my daughter. I remember going home early from work the Friday before my daughter was born because I was having painful contractions which continued but never increased in intensity nor stayed consistent until about midnight Saturday morning. They allowed me to sleep till about 6 am where I woke up from the pain again. I had this the whole weekend prior to my daughter’s birth. I had my midwife check me that Monday who told me I was “in labor” since I was at a 5. My labor didn’t leave the “prodromal” stage until I hit a 6 and my midwife decided to break my water to get my contractions consistent. I technically labored for about an hour and pushed for less than 5 minutes because of my prodromal labor. It was frustrating at the time but in hindsight it allowed me a really quick and easy natural birth.

  24. Thank you for this post – really helped me dealing with my prodromal labour! I had contractions​ almost every night for two weeks, which would fizzle out in the morning. In the end my real labour was only two hours, and I ended up birthing our baby boy at home with our amazing doula – no time to get to the hospital!
    This was my second birth, first one was 60 hours of labour, pitocin induction, epidural.
    Such a different experience this time around, so grateful for the gift of an amazing birth!

  25. Dear mama Natural,
    Thanks so much for posting this. I feel like this describes my exact situation. At this point I am 41 weeks pregnant, have had contractions for 3 days now and nothing has happened yet. The contractions were more than a minute long, they have been going on for periods of hours: coming for every 5 minutes but also every 10 minutes and added to that; also in a very irregular form. To my husband and me this has been very hard and frustrating. Every night we are convinced that baby surely will come soon. To find out the next morning that nothings has changed yet and contractions have stopped again.
    My baby is in a good position, I am in good health and condition (I’ve been drinking the tea, eating all the dates, doing all the exercises etc.). So this situation is really making me desperate and emotional.
    I hope our baby is coming soon…

    • This article was really helpful, as I’m a first-time mom and experienced what I was sure was early labor three days in a row, starting the day before my due date! Crampy-like contractions would ache through my lower back and lower abdomen, very different from the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been having in my upper abdomen for the past two weeks. These would last for 6 hours each day, with contractions 5-8 minutes apart and lasting at least 45 seconds long! Each day that the prodromal labor started, the contractions were more painful and I used more of the breathing/moving/visualization techniques I had learned to prepare for real labor! And yes, it has been an emotional roller coaster because each day the contractions get more intense and closer together and I’m sure “This HAS to be it!” But no, not yet. One thing I’ve definitely figured out, though, is that my prodromal labor starts each day after a round of love-making with my husband (This may be TMI but it only results in prodromal labor if he doesn’t pull out). We are still waiting on the baby and at this point I’m three days over 40 weeks, so it will be interesting to see if all this prodromal labor results in a shorter active labor. That sure would be nice! Thanks so much for this helpful article, and I loved all the comments on here too– It helped me compare my story and figure out what is happening.

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