At one point do you call midwife? Some of mine have to come from over an hour away, so Im really nervous about dragging them out if its nothing actually going on.
But past few nights I keep having tightenings, tonight theyre 5 mins apart lasting 45 seconds, but at what point should I ring midwife? Normally they just dwindle out, or I fall asleep and everythings gone.
Agree with the above. Call for sure if you're water breaks or the contractions start being consistent or having some level of pain. Right now you're probably having BH or early labor contractions which can last for weeks.
They are regular though & do build up in intensity, past few nights its been from 7pm- 10/11pm every 5 minutes, getting stronger, then I fall asleep and theyre gone, alothough last night was horrendous and didnt sleep until 6am because of the pain. Still getting them regularly
I was instructed to call my midwife when I was experiencing contractions every 3-4 minutes (timing from start of one to start of the next), lasting at least 60 seconds each, and continuing like this for one hour - if it's your first. If it's not your first they said to call once the contractions were coming every 5 minutes, rather than 3-4. This was in the Netherlands, but according to the midwives this is what you will experience when dilation (and therefore labour) has really begun. That being said - I never experienced this so-called 'normal' pattern of contractions during my labour! After days of painful contractions coming every 3-7 minutes and no sleep, I finally went into active labour (recognized it right away by an immediate change in intensity of contractions). I didn't call my midwife until the next day when I really felt the pain was too much to carry on with for much longer, and was sure the baby was on her way out, although my contractions were still coming every 2-7 minutes. Based on this the midwife expected I had just begun 'real' labour and was shocked to find I was already 10 cm and pushing when she arrived! So - I would say use the above info as a guideline, but call your midwife whenever you have the feeling it is time to do so. I think if you listen to your body you will know!
My midwife team prefer to be told when you feel that it could be the start of something. Even if it doesn't amount to anything it does mean that they can prepare their day/evening and also keep in touch with you throughout the day to see how things are progressing and find out how your feeling.
I have currently been having contractions 3-4 mins apart lasting nearly a min since yesterday lunch time. got lots of pressure down below and my waters broke in the night. my midwife has been and gone 3times and seems to think i will be going for alot longer.
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