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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 22:29 PM   1
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How did your labor start?

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?

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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 22:34 PM   2
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I had lots of false starts, which was very frustrating. Definitely not like in the movies! I ended up being induced at 40w +12!

My advice - be ready but try not to get your hopes up when you start feeling twinges.

Good luck xx

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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 22:38 PM   3
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I was also induced at 40 + 12 so can't help with how it feels to start naturally xx

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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 22:38 PM   4
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Mine started slowly. 3 days slow labour actually

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.

First contraction was 39+6, baby arrived at 40+3

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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 22:42 PM   5
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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!

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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 23:29 PM   6
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I got up for a pee at 3am and my waters broke lol about 2 hours later contractions started about 10 hours after that my little man was born after 2 hours of pushing


Old Mar 19th, 2012, 23:58 PM   7
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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!

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Old Mar 20th, 2012, 00:09 AM   8
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My water broke as soon as I laid down to sleep on Christmas night! x

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Old Mar 20th, 2012, 00:12 AM   9
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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!

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Old Mar 20th, 2012, 00:23 AM   10
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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.

Labor isn't ALWAYS painful, it turns out.

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