Many women have a ‘show’ at the early stages of labour. This is a sign to phone your midwife and let them know that things have started. If your waters break they will usually want you to go into hospital to minimise risk of infection. Contractions are another sign of labour. They can start quite mild – like Braxton Hicks’ and slowly progress, getting strongly and more frequent. Your midwife will advise you when to come to hospital.