Well, my LO should be here in the next week or two. I am curious what to expect for the start of labor? How did yours start? Was it like... BOOM! Painful Contractions! Or did it start slower? When did you know you were in labor?
I started to lose my plug at 6pm and contractions started at 10pm. Very light at first, just tightenings really. By the time I was in established labour 4 days later (took me that long to dilate beyond 1-2cm) I was in agony. The good news is my established labour was only 3 hours 2 minutes. Once I hit 3cm I dilated very quickly.
With my daughter (my first), I had my membranes sweeped at 40 weeks (2 cm dilated) on a Friday morning. I had very weird, "achey" pains all weekend. The best way to describe them was the feeling of having painful menstruation cramps.
I went to bad that following Monday night and barely slept because of the pains...contractions! I went in Tuesday and was 5 cm! I delivered her that Tuesday at 3:45pm...So it was a "slow" labor until the day of her birth. Then I went from 7-10cm in an hour.
Your best bet is to rest up now. Don't worry about not recognizing the start of labor. When it's true labor, the pains will NOT stop, no matter what you do!
I felt absolutely no early labour symptoms. At 38 weeks I lost my plug. Within 30 minutes I was feeling strong contractions 3 minutes apart. Jack was born 3 hours later.
For me, labour was quick and unexpected. And he was my first! I had to call my sister who's had 3 kids to confirm that I was having contractions because I couldn't believe it would happen so quickly. Deep down though I knew it was time.
Just stay calm and enjoy the process. Good luck!
I woke up on a friday at 3 am thinking I was constipated. Sorry TMI but I was in bathroom trying to push it out. Every two hours I keot waking up to the same feeling . . . nothing ever came out, at 7 am I started getting what felt to me like Charlies Horse cramps in my uterus. I called my obgyn and the nurse told me to go to L&D, at triage they told me I was only 1.5 cm dilalated (when 2 days before I was 0 cm) they told me I was not in labor. The rest of the day I kept getting these cramps every hour, then moved to every half hour then every 15 minutes . . . I was doing some final baby shopping that day and in the evening DH and I went out for a nice dinner at Old Chicago . . . that is when the contractions started to get intense . . . I didnt care though, I downed a whole pizza and wings then we went home and I had a bag of powdered donuts haha. I took a shower still having these contractions right after the other. By 11 pm I wstarted to time them and tried to relax.
12 hours later Matthew was born . . . I LOVED every minute of labor, If I could I would re-live it again. I was 38w2d!
I was in pre-labor for three stinking weeks and dilated to a 5 before I got frustrated and allowed my doctor to induce me at 40+3. My baby also had an irregular heart arrhythmia, which helped to prompt me to accept induction. And even after I was hooked up to the drip, I wasn't sure I was in labor until they checked me after a couple hours and I'd dilated to a 7.
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