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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 12:18 PM   1
josephine3
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How to time contractions?? And when to go to hospital?


Sooo... Im still a lil confused on this even after asking my midwife..
How do you time contractions? Do you time from the start of one to the start of the next? And also time how long each one lasts? Or do you time inbetween them?
So when someone says 'my contractions are 5 minutes apart...' is that 5 minutes from one beginning to the next one beginning or is that 5 mintues betewen them?
Does anyone follow what Im on about?! lol.

And I've heard so many different ideas on when to go to the birth centre/hospital.. the mw at birth centre told me 'When you have 3-4 contractions in 10 minutes'. At antenatal they told us 'Every 6 minutes' and my mw told us '2-3 contractions in 10 minutes..'

Soooo... any ideas, when have you been told to go to the hospital? And how do I time them?!
Thanks in advance x



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 12:22 PM   2
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You time the contractions from when one starts to when it ends, and you also time how long it is between the end of one and the start of another. I think when youve realised theyre becoming regular thats when you ring up and when they are coming every 3-4 mins lasting 60 seconds is when you go to hospital x



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 12:33 PM   3
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How long they last and the time between.

So if they last a minute and have a 5 minute gap between, then they're every 5 minutes lasting 1 minute. Look at something like this..
http://www.contractionmaster.com/



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 12:35 PM   4
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Do you have an iPhone? There's a great app I got for free when I was in labour with DS that times them for you. You just tap the screen when the contractions start and end. It's called Stage 1.



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 12:41 PM   5
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Sooo... Im still a lil confused on this even after asking my midwife..
How do you time contractions? Do you time from the start of one to the start of the next? And also time how long each one lasts? Or do you time inbetween them?
So when someone says 'my contractions are 5 minutes apart...' is that 5 minutes from one beginning to the next one beginning or is that 5 mintues betewen them?
Does anyone follow what Im on about?! lol.

And I've heard so many different ideas on when to go to the birth centre/hospital.. the mw at birth centre told me 'When you have 3-4 contractions in 10 minutes'. At antenatal they told us 'Every 6 minutes' and my mw told us '2-3 contractions in 10 minutes..'

Soooo... any ideas, when have you been told to go to the hospital? And how do I time them?!
Thanks in advance x
Glad you asked this because I wasn't sure either!
xxx



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 12:42 PM   6
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oh, and ring your hospital when your contractions start, or your waters go, and they'll tell you when you need to come in. I think the general rule of thumb is every 3-5 minutes lasting a minute.



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 12:43 PM   7
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I didn't know that, last time i didn't time them just knew it hurt like hell! lol



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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 13:11 PM   8
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Thanks ladies!! So when someone says their contractions are 5 minutes apart, they are talking about the time inbetween them, yes?

How about if I live roughly an hour from the hospital at bad traffic times? Should I go sooner?



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 13:13 PM   9
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I live about that far from my hospital and have been told to go in when they are 5 mins apart.



 
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Old Jul 28th, 2012, 14:36 PM   10
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If you think your getting close i would go before rush hour traffic, being in a car and having contractions is really uncomfortable so i'd try and make your journey as short as possible.



 
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