Beth - posted on 01/28/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I went to my doctor's appointment today and discovered that I am 4 cm dialated and 90% effaced. He said he figures I'll go into labor within the next day or two (tomorrow is the due date). I am having random, mostly painless contractions occassionally, but nothing that makes me think I am in labor...mostly Braxton Hicks type contractions. This will be my second baby--with the first, I was induced, so I don't really know what it feels like to go into labor naturally. My biggest worry has been how to tell when to go to the hospital, etc. So here are my questions:
If I am already 4 cm dialated, do you think I will just skip over the initial "not-as-painful" contractions and go right to more intense ones? Do you think they will just jump right in at 5 minutes apart, or will I still have several hours of farther apart contractions at home? I'll need to take my daughter to someone else's house once I realize that I'm in labor, so I am worried that it will start too fast and I won't have time!
I realize that everyone is different, so I'm just interested in what you have experienced/read about. This is a way of keeping myself occupied while I wait!!