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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 16:57 PM   1
KamKol
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How far apart are contractions supposed to get until you call Labour Ward?


This is my first pregnancy so bear with me...

At first I thought that you're supposed to call Labour Ward if you see the bloody show, but then I learned (from BnB) that you can lose your plug weeks before the birth or you can lose it and grow it back etc, so it doesn't necesserily mean you need to call Labour Ward.

Then I assumed that you call Labour Ward when your waters break - now, I know that you ARE supposed to call if your waters DO break, but I learned (from BnB again) that not all women's waters break before birth...some need to be broken etc.

So now I'm starting to think that you are supposed to call Labour Ward when your contractions are strong and regular - but what does regular mean? And am I even right about this...I'm a newbie to pregnancy so please explain to me!




 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:06 PM   2
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I usually don't go by time because some of mine have been 10 minutes apart, but super intense, and I got there and was almost an 8..So, go by your mood, are you serious and really having to work through them? Can you walk or talk through them? If you are excited and talkative, it's not time to go in..



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:07 PM   3
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This is my first pregnancy too, so it's something I've worried about... from the readings I've found, the most common numbers they give are when the contractions are every 5 minutes and last for at least 30 seconds.

Just because I'd be worried and a little panicked by then, I'd probably call sooner than than, like at 10 minute intervals, but you probably don't want to wait past the point when they come every 5.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:07 PM   4
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I was told to call if my waters broke or if my contractions were approx 5 min apart.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:09 PM   5
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Where Im from, they like to see you go in once contractions are 5 min apart for at least 1 hr. Stronger meaning they start hurting more, they last longer, and they just keep getting closer together. What has your dr or mw told you? I know it may be different depending on where you live.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:09 PM   6
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my midwife said dont bother coming in if your contractions arent around 5 minutes apart and lasting 30 seconds cos you'll probs just get sent home anyway, She also said that even if contractions are 5 minutes apart and lasting 30 secodns but arent exactly really painful don't come in yet either
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:11 PM   7
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My obgyn also said (aside from five minutes apart rule) to call if you're doubling over in pain even if the contractions are pretty far apart.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:13 PM   8
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My MW hasn't explained anything about what to expect yet - I think she will discuss this at my next appt, because she knows I'm a worry wart. I like to know things before hand so I can prepare which is why I'm asking this now. I live in the UK so maybe things are different here, but seems like the general rule is 5mins apart lasting 30secs.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:14 PM   9
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oh I just asked at my 36 weeks appointment. They just assume we know



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2010, 17:18 PM   10
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We were told to go in when they're 8 minutes apart, but that's because we live next town over, and it will take a few extra minutes to get into the labour ward.
The hospital said that when they're 10 minutes apart, they're still more likely to stop then if they're 8 minutes apart, and they don't want us to drive in for nothing.



 
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