Beginning LaborWhat is called lightening is not always the sign of birth. For first time mothers especially, they can have this days or weeks before the due date of the baby.
Early Signs of LaborWhen the mucus plug dissolves it causes of the "bloody show". If this happens that does not mean you will go in labor. It could take days or weeks before you go in labor.
A sign of labor is the breaking of the amniotic sack. Then the mother needs to keep record of the color, smell, odor, and amount of fluid.