Here are some things to look for:
Contractions: Your uterus tightens and relaxes as it gets ready to push out your baby. That causes pain that at first feels like cramps during your period. The pain gets stronger as delivery gets closer. Back Pain: During labor, you may have lower back pain and cramps that don't get better or go away. It can also be part of your contractions. The pain usually starts in your back and then moves around to the front of your body. Water Breaks: Your baby is growing in a bag of protective fluid called the amniotic sac. This bag breaks when it's time for your baby to be born. This can be a gush of fluid down your legs or just a slow, little trickle. Did You Have Any Jelly-Like Discharge? When you're pregnant, a plug of mucus blocks your cervix. As your cervix gets softer and bigger to prepare for labor, this plug loosens and drops out. It's usually a small amount of pinkish or brown-colored jelly-like discharge. Are You ‘Dilated’ and ‘Effaced’? To stretch enough to make room for your baby, your cervix has to thin out and get bigger. When you hear your doctor talk about how far your cervix is "effaced" (thinned) and "dilated" (opened), that's what she means. Your cervix has to be dilated at least 10 centimeters before you can start pushing to deliver your baby.