I feel crazy asking this question since I already have 2 kids, but how do you know when its time? with ds the contractions came strong and hard. by the time they were 3 minutes apart I was pretty much blinded with pain. With dd she was very early so nothing happened like a regular labor just some light cramps and out popped a baby. I've had contractions for about 6 hours now, they started out every 30 min. Now they're every 3 min and have been for an hour now but I can still walk and talk through them. I live 45 minutes from the hospital so I don't want to go too soon but im only 36 weeks so don't want to wait too long either and water hasn't broken yet.