Labor?

Tanya - posted on 02/23/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone -

This is my first baby and since 2/21 at 11:00pm I have been feeling contractions that have been five minutes apart and lasting between 40 and 60 seconds. Yesterday at around 1pm they became more consistent, closer together and a bit stronger. They were between 2 and 5 minutes apart, lasting about 60 seconds. We went to the hospital and they said that there has been no changes and sent us on our way. Ugh... so we went fo r a long walk (about 2 hours) around local stores and then came home. When we got home I decided to take a warm bath and just relax. At this point my contractions have been regularly no more than 2-4 minutes apart and are no less than a minutes to 2 minutes long. They HURT! I can no longer talk through them and I forget what I was thinking about. We decided to stick it out at home... and try to get some rest while we still can. So we went to bed around 11:00 last night and I was up the majority of the night pacing back and forth because my contractions were hurting so bad. Still this morning, I sit here eating toast and drinking water - my contractions are still hurting bad and about the same consistency as they were last night. I feel like going to the hospital isn't that far stretched, but I fear being that woman who gets sent home again!? Any thoughts?

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Crystal - posted on 02/23/2009

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You sound like I did with my first. My contractions lasted for days as well. and they were braxton hicks. I got sent home the same because of the same reason, there was no progression. Unfortunately that was the way of the world. I wound up with a c-section because his heartbeat dropped significantly. Hopefully this won't happen to you, but I know your pain all too well. THATS what made it so frustrating to be sent home. Good luck and let us know if you have a baby!

Christina - posted on 02/23/2009

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You are in labor sweetheart! Most doctors follow the 1-5-1 rule (one minute contractions, five minutes apart, lasting over an hour). When you go back in, refuse to leave. A lot of labor and delivery centers don't want to deal with people until they are about ready to have the baby. When I had my first son they sent me home 4 times & my doctor was not happy. Simply tell them this hurts, it has been going on for a while, I can't relax and the pain is getting to be unbearable. You have the right to refuse to leave because you ARE in labor! Good luck!

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