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Old Sep 22nd, 2012, 23:18 PM   1
ace28
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How do you know when you're going into labor?!?!?! How do you know "this is it???"


I feel like I've asked this question a million times in various forms and the answers I've gotten have all uniformly been... "you just know."

But what if I DON'T know? How do I know what's a normal crampy/braxton hick-y type feeling from a true labor contraction? For instance, I'm sitting here now feeling crampy/mildly uncomfortable on the bottom half of my bump... it's not hard or anything and it's not going away so I'm guessing it's not a contraction, but how do I *know*? To clarify, I'm sure I'm not in labor, as I just *know* I'm gonna go overdue... but I have had twinges or stronger than normal BH or yes, some cramping all in the past week and each little twinge has left me wondering... "could this be it?"

Did anyone else ever have confusion about when they were first in actual labor vs false labor? Ultimately, how did you figure it out?



 
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Old Sep 22nd, 2012, 23:25 PM   2
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oh and also, does baby stop moving when you go into labor? or get more active? or neither?



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2012, 00:07 AM   3
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I didn't think I was in labour until I was fully dilated...but in hindsight my intuition kept telling me "this is it" (those exact words actually!)

I just knew baby would arrive on his due date. He arrived 34w6d.

Sorry that probs didn't help at all! Actually it doesn't matter the precise point labour starts, just wait and see if what you are feeling progresses into something. Early labour can last for ages and be stop/start so doesn't really count anyway. Once you are in established labour things are likely to be regular enough for you to notice.



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2012, 04:55 AM   4
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When i was preg with ds1 everyone said 'you just know' when ur in labour...well at 40+6 i started bleeding slightly,no pain,no tightenings, went up to hospital anyway just to checked,really didnt think it was labour- my son was in my arms within 40 mins. So id say if ur waters break and ur in pain,or u feel the need to push,then u know- before that theres no guarantees lol x



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2012, 05:05 AM   5
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I had what I thought was the start of labour but the pains went away after a few hours. About 24 hours later pains started again, this time it WAS labour. I didn't have any gut feeling about it, it was just the fact that the pains didn't stop, they kept coming all through the night, so I went along to the hospital and they confirmed it.
Don't remember what baby's movement was like during labour, I was too distracted to notice!



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2012, 05:46 AM   6
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The whole you'll just know thing is a load of bollox if you ask me lol The only way to know is when the contractions get so intense then it's obvious but before that point you play the waiting game and it can be torture! I'm on my 4th and already i've had 2 false alarms that i was sure was the start of labour but as the contractions never got much stronger and eventually stopped i knew it wasn't labour. I wish there was a certain thing to look out for that let's us know we are 100% in labour but the only thing is pain really, but you can still experience mild pain with just braxton hicks so it has to be quite a lot of pain!



 
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Old Sep 23rd, 2012, 06:12 AM   7
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i have no idea either! this is my first at 39 weeks + 2 days i have been getting alot of cramping and tightening that has been going on for 3 days now with nothing progressing from it, i suppose all you can do is read and ask about it and listen to your body.



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