How far after a baby is in the head down position does labor begin?


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The baby can be in the head down position between 2 to 4 weeks prior to labor if a woman is a first-time mother, according to Ask Dr. Sears. However, in experienced mothers, this can occur when labor begins. When the head drops down into the pelvic region, it is called lightening.

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Some other signs that a woman is ready to deliver are a bloody or brownish discharge, the need to urinate more often, diarrhea and backache, states WebMD. A brownish discharge can be the mucus plug, which can be released a few days or right before labor. Some other signs of imminent labor are contractions and the rupturing of membranes, reports Ask Dr. Sears.

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