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Every pregnant woman knows that unless you have a scheduled c-section or induction, the last few weeks of pregnancy can feel like one big waiting game because due dates are nothing but estimates. Growing a baby is utterly exhausting and it can get quite uncomfortable. By the end, all you want to know is when it’s going to be over. Thankfully, mother nature has her way of letting us know when we’re getting close to the big day. Here are 10 symptoms that will let you know when labor is near.

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Dilating Cervix

Once you’ve made it to the 36-week mark, one of the most exciting things that you will hear from your obstetrician during those antepartum visits is that your cervix has begun to dilate and efface. This means that your cervix is opening up and thinning out in preparation for childbirth.

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