I spent most of my labor at home because I was in complete denial... I kept thinking ' I'm not showing any of the 'normal' signs of labor (besides the contractions of course)...No clear out the day or 2 before, my water didn't break, etc.' Even when my contractions were coming sporadically every 1-3 minutes and lasting for a minute I couldn't believe it.... Looking back on it, I know I must have been crazy since it had gotten really intense. But after I lost my mucus plug is when it really hit me and when we went to the birth center. Glad I did too... Had my little guy within an hour and a half of getting there.
with my first i went straight in as soon as i had sore pains as i wasnt sure how long labour would take and i needed an ambulance as we didnt have a car but with my 2nd i stayed in the house for about 12 hours until the pains got really bad cos i didnt want to be in hospital for ages lol. I find that once they are getting to the point of being unbearable but not quite there yet and maybe a few mins between contractions is a good time to go in. Eveyone is different tho so just go in when you start to feel like you could be doing with some pain relief or think you may be getting close x
I knew when I couldn't talk through contractions, and they were coming around every 3 minutes. They didn't feel anything like Braxton Hicks.
REally?? What was the difference??
For me, Braxton Hicks weren't really painful. With them, my bump would go solid, and feel uncomfortable, and it would happen all of a sudden, and end quite suddenly too. Each proper contraction, however, would start out as a mild ache, and increase in intensity until I was having to concentrate to breathe through, before gradually easing off.
I guess that's going to vary for everyone though. Every labour will be different.
My labour was weird! My contractins just started to get more regular and closer together and then they would taper off again, ands this went on for 4 days! I went oin to hospital after 3 days and was only 3cm so went home again. The next time I decided to go in again I had had no contractions all daty, then woke up in the middle of the night needing to push, and went in to hospital 10cm dilated! I had gradually dilated over all that time without realising.
I didn't really know to be honest. I wanted to do all of labouring at home and our MW knew this but she had given my hubby a few tips... and one of them was if I started to behave oddly or my behaviour changed in some way to him it was probably a good time to go to the hospital. I was labouring at home and my hubby suddenly told me ok I have called the MW we are going to the hospital... I was argumentative and told him that I wanted to stay at home as long as possible. He eventually got me downstairs into the garage and shouted at me to get into the car. When I got to the hospital I was 9.5cm dilated. I was 10 about 15m later and started to push. My waters never broke until just before I started to push.
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