Am I in slow labour

Adella - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi - I started having bach ache and period like pains regularly from about 4 this morning, but they have eased off slightly. could this be the sign of labour coming? advice is much appreciated x

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User - posted on 07/13/2013

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hi im 36 weeks come monday and a few nights ago i was getting contractions from 11pm till 3am but nothing as bad since i also keep getting sharp and heavy feeling down below i also get what feels like a popping feeling every now and then down there but my waters have not gone nor do i think iv had the show my stomache is also tender in ceretain places and under my belly button i keep getting sharp needle like pains my back is also very soar at the bottom and top i have had a few heavy feelings in my bum also and when im walking around that usually brings the pains on i have also been told that he is 2 weeks over what he should be just woundering if anyone has any advice please x

Jackie - posted on 03/19/2009

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A little trick for false labour.... run a HOT bath. As hot as you can stand it. Climb in and lay down so that your belly is fully covered. This may mean you laying on your side. Stay in there for at least 20 minutes. When you get out if its false labour it will go away. If its real labour you will have just encouraged it along. So be sure to do this with someone around... do not do it alone. Also another sign that no one has mentioned is your stool. Nature has her own way of cleaning you out before labour. This of course doesn't always happen but when it does you tend to go more often and your stool will be softer.

Jeanette - posted on 03/19/2009

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with our second we had a midwife, what they told me to do, was if I wasnt sure if was labour, to climb in a nice warm tub and just relax.. if not labour it would stop, if it was it would continue, get stronger or more painful, and closer together... But at the same time I say that, I had contractions for 2 days then they just stopped and I had my son a week later.... If u are unsure call your midwife or doc... or go to the ER where u are registered, they are happy for u to come anytime and check things out for you........Better to have piece of mind then sit and wonder I say.... Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and hope all goes well with your labour and baby.... Get lots of rest in this time, u will need it!

Melissa - posted on 03/19/2009

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This is my first pregnancy so I am not sure but when I asked my doctor how I would know if I was in real as opposed to false labor she said real labor pains wrap around you from the top of your abdomen down into your lower abdomen and into your vagina. It feels like lots of pressure. At first they might not hurt but as they increase they will. False labor only involves the top portion of the abdomen. Back labor comes from the baby being sunny side up (face up instead of face down like they are suppose to come out). She told me if you can get the pains to go away by changing position, drinking water, or laying down they are not real. Real labor will not ease up or stop only increase in pain and get closer together. Hope this helps!

Katie - posted on 03/19/2009

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It sure sounds like it could be or false.  Depending on how far along you are.  Try to drink lots of water and make sure you pee as soon as you need to.  Do not hold it.   If it has subsided it is probably just your body practicing for labor.



 

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Tami - posted on 03/19/2009

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Braxton Hicks could be the case. You will know if you slam a couple large glasses of
water and lay down for about an hour. Some times you don't get enough water and it could jump start your Braxton Hicks. It really sounds like it is the real thing though. I remember when the back ache started, they were real. Call your doctor as soon as possible. They will probably send you to the hospital or the doctors office and hook you up to the machine that monitors the contractions. They will also give you a button to push when you feel the baby move to monitor that too. It is a great way to relax and enjoy time by yourself. You will need it, soon you will not get that anymore. GOOD LUCK TO YOU! xxoo

Marlie - posted on 03/19/2009

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Thats how mine started. Had period like cramps all day then that night started getting actual contractions that lasted two days till I had my daughter but thats not common. Wait till they get more regular and call the dr. they will tell you what to do. Just don't go in to the hosp. to early they will send you home. And that sucks!

Stephanie - posted on 03/19/2009

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If you are really close to your due date, it's probably labor starting up! I was having contractions for 5 hours before my water actually broke and didn't even know it! Like you, I just thought I was having cramps once again because I had a lot of braxton hicks once I hit about 33 weeks. Call your care provider and see what they have to say.

Kim - posted on 03/19/2009

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You could be...I'd call your doctor or midwife. They may want you to get checked. When I was pregnant with my oldest I didn't feel any contractions, but I had such an achy back. When I got to the hospital I was in labor and 4 cm dilated.

User - posted on 03/19/2009

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how far gone are you? they cud be braxton hicks . if you nearly due then it cud be the start of labour best to ring ur midwife. she mite wnt to check u out

Zena - posted on 03/19/2009

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Are you nearing your due date? I was in slow labour 3 weeks before baby made an apperance, they were period like pains but got more intense, I found laying on my left side with a hot water bottle helped. You'll know when baby is ready! :-) Goodluck!

User - posted on 03/19/2009

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Some people have period like pains in early labour. Which could be a good thing if you are around your due date! I had cramps one day, then the next I had a bloody show, then the next day I had a baby! Every labour is different though, some women only feel crampy then they are all of a sudden 9 cm. Use this time to rest and get lots of nourishment to prepare yourself for the work ahead. I believe we are in labour the minute we conceive since your body is already "working" towards the birth of your baby. It just gets a lot more intense thats all. I hope you have a wonderful birth!

Ashleigh - posted on 03/19/2009

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How far gone are you?

Could possibly be braxton hicks which i've been having for quite a while now.

Chrissie - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Adella:

Am I in slow labour

Hi - I started having bach ache and period like pains regularly from about 4 this morning, but they have eased off slightly. could this be the sign of labour coming? advice is much appreciated x



Adella:



You could well be!  Are you near your due date, have you had a bloody mucusy show (looking a bit like phlem), does your stomach harden/tighten when you get this pain?  RING YOUR MIDWIFE OR LOCAL DELIVERY SUITE ASAP, they will advise you what to do, they are used to questions like this & won't mind you calling at anytime if you're worried.  Good Luck, hope all goes well & its a magical time for you. Cx.

Dee - posted on 03/19/2009

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it could be brachs and hicks false labours. but if your not a hundred percent go to the doctors they will tell you



good luck

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