true labour vs false labour
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Emily - posted on 11/09/2010
I had braxton hicks contractions from about 5 or 6 months. 3 days before I had my baby I started to have contractions 5-15 min apart, but they would stop for an hour, then start again. I went to the Ob/gyn the day before, & my contractions were every 5 min, but the Dr. said I wasn't dialated & wait until they were 3 min apart & I couldn't take the pain. I got some lower back pain & went to bed. I got up to pee & my water broke. I walked up and down the hall for a couple of hours until I literally could not walk anymore. I had the baby within two hours of being in the hospital. If you go to the hospital too early, they will induce you, & most likely will result in C-section. You will know when it is true labor!
Rebekah - posted on 11/04/2010
I went to the hospital both times when my contractions were about 5 minutes apart and lasting between 30-60 seconds each. Five hours after my water broke with my first, and 8 hours after my first contractions with my second. True contractions will intensify so I'd wait at least an hour before calling them "real"... but always call your doctor first.
Melissa - posted on 11/03/2010
I went through that as well..it got to the point were I couldnt really keep track of my contractions...fortunatly for me my water broke at home so thats how I knew....oh I also all of the sudden at 9pm decided to clean everything from pillows to my bags...it was wierd I just had a feeling it was going to happen soon.. my water broke at 11:30! Sorry not much help...but I kind of feel you will just know!
Alison - posted on 11/03/2010
Ultimately, you just need to call the hospital and they will help you figure it out. One of the signs is the regularity. Generally, if you are unsure, it is not the real deal. But some rare women have very little pain, so you can never be sure.
Vicki - posted on 11/03/2010
It varies. Usually in established labour the contractions are painful enough that you have trouble talking through them. Once they are less than 5 minutes apart is the usual head to hospital time.
Are you able to call your care provider to discuss how you're going?
Best wishes for your birth and welcoming your new little one!
Sarah - posted on 11/03/2010
i had stomach severe cramping and really bad back pain (much worse than usual) i didn't go to the hospital until the contractions were one on top of the other (i only lived 5 minutes from the hospital) my waters didn't break and i also had what they called wavering contractions...one minute they were ontop of eachother the next they were 10 minutes apart this was mainly because bubby was stuck.