How do you know when it’s time to come to the hospital? Sometimes every little ache and pain seems like the “real thing.”
Expect false alarms. Remember, no one knows for sure what triggers labor, and every woman's experience is unique. Sometimes it's hard to tell when labor begins.
Don't hesitate to call your health care provider if you're confused about whether you're in labor. Preterm labor can be especially sneaky. If you have any signs of labor, including any form of bleeding, before 37 weeks, consult your health care provider.
If you arrive at the hospital in false labor, don't feel embarrassed or frustrated. Think of it as a practice run. The real thing is likely on its way.
If your water breaks, if contractions begin, contact your health care provider during normal business hours or contact Labor and Delivery outside of the normal business day.