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Signs of Labor

How to know it’s time

It’s important to know the telltale signs that you are entering labor. Especially for first-time mothers, it can be difficult to know the difference between false alarms and “the real thing.” Here are signs that indicate you may be going into labor:

  • Five minutes or less between contractions that last 60 seconds or longer
  • Leakage of fluid
  • Decrease in fetal movement
  • Bleeding bright red
  • Tightening of your stomach that takes your breath away

If you believe you are going into labor:

  • In cases of life-threatening emergency, call 911.
  • Always call our office first at 703.878.0740 before leaving for the hospital.
  • If calling during business hours Monday through Friday, press 2 to reach Triage.
  • If calling after hours, you should also press 2 to reach the physician on call.

Obstetric Services

About Women Ob-Gyn is committed to providing you with high-quality care at each stage of your pregnancy, including: