As we’ve explained, a series of non-specific and vague symptoms appear at the end of pregnancy which are called prodromal labour. These are contractions that come and go and often go away or shorten when lying down. This usually indicates that the body is preparing for labour.
Your waters may also break, which is when the amniotic fluid is discharged through the vagina. In some case it might be difficult to tell the difference between amniotic fluid and the urine leakage that often happens at the end of pregnancy as the baby puts pressure on the bladder. Amniotic fluid loss is more continuous and in a greater quantity than urine.
The mucus plug may be passed days or even weeks before delivery. This mucus is thicker than normal discharge and may be slightly bloody. This is completely normal and not a reason to worry.