Will I just 'know' when I go into labour? I have so many different aches and pains these days I'm not sure if I'll even know if I'm in actual labour or not lol! Last night I was getting period like cramps, the night before on/off back ache, I've even had quite painful tightening (I assume those were just strong braxton hicks)
Knowing me I'll just put it down to 'normal' pregnancy aches and pains and ignore it until it really gets bad haha!
When I was in labour with my son I wasn't convinced I was in actual labour lol. But you'll know the difference between real contractions and BH!!! I knew I was having contractions but my stomach didn't go completely hard all over and when I got up to get ready to go to hospital they started slowing down and being less painful. We went to the hospital anyway and I was 9cm dilated. xx
you will know, but the only way i can describe my early contractions is like being extremely constipated and needing to push because of strong pains in your bum i ddint realise untill they became regular and i was shouting with each one haha i started getting them every 20 minutes from about 4 in the morning which woke me up but i still didnt put 2 and 2 together untill i woke up my OH with my shouting lol (he worked nights so was sleeping) x
Since everyones bodies are different, there is no real easy answer for this. For me I just knew it. I had very very very strong period like cramps in my back and abdomen and felt like I needed to bounce up and down to help with pain. It was pretty damn painful....worse than any BH that's for sure!
in my opinion - you might not know when you are in early labour. For me i didnt know. The day before i had a midwife appointment and she asked me if i was in labour and i said "well wouldnt it hurt?" and her response was "yes, i suppose it will"
That night i sat on the sofa feeling the usual braxton hicks (they didnt hurt, they were almost comforting feeling the tightenings) - however i also got them at the top of my bump. i went to bed, woke up at 2am and it hurt (every 10 mins or so - it did hurt and i think i knew it must be labour then, but i was still half asleep and couldnt work out how often they were). They seemed to be 10 mins but it was more like:
10 mins - hurt
10 mins - hurt
10 mins - a little one, where i wasnt sure if it was one or not
10 mins - hurt
As i dismissed the little ones i thought they werent regular, eg they seemed to be 10, 10, 20, 10, 10, 20 etc
However after 2 hours it was hurting (so about 4am) and i woke my husband up saying (i think this is it). He told me to go back to sleep! I went to the toilet and wiped and there was a streak of blood in some mucas so i called the hospital. they said take paracetamol and maybe have a bath. After a bath, done my hair etc it hurt A LOT so we went to hospital (about 6am) and i was already 5cms.
By 8am (and there was no denying it was labour by then - it killed) i was 9cms.
So you would think as i done it before i would know what i am looking for wouldnt you? wrong - every twinge i think this is it. i am concerned that this first stage of labour i will miss again and it goes fast again (they say its normally a lot quicker with your 2nd) and i have to get someone to look after my daughter!! So every twinge i think this could be it and am disappointed its not.
Today had twinges all day!! So this is something like 5 days out of 7 or 8 where i think "i think it might be today/ tonight" lol
I think everyone is different, for me I was having regular braxton hicks all day Sat & kept thinking is this it of not but there wasn't really any pain just tightening- I kept thinking tis doesn't hurt enough to be labour. I went to bed & woke up to my waters breaking at 5am & the contractions were def real then at 2 mins apart & I knew that was def labour! 5 hours later I was 10cm and my baby girl arrived!
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