I'm 40 weeks and a day, dilated 2 cm, having contractions back to back but not feeling them?

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Holly - posted on 05/02/2011

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i went to the doctor yesterday bc my back was hurting and on the screen there was about 3 contractons within 4 minutes. but i can't feel them so i can't time them.

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Karen - posted on 05/03/2011

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I get that! It's called silent labour, I am in labour - machines pick it up - but I don't feel them until later (It makes up for it as back labour though, LOL) Anyways. When you do start feeling them, make sure you get in the hospital quick!

Joanna - posted on 05/03/2011

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A backache can be a sign of early labor. You may not notice the uterine contractions at first, but they may be there. If you are having low back pain, just be on the look out for rythmic patterns. Not all labors start the same. Also, be on the lookout for increased mucous or bloody show.

Jenni - posted on 05/02/2011

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It's probably just braxton hicks then. Try to keep an eye on them and see if you can time them.

I experienced tons of braxton hicks before the births of my children. Some were downright painful and I had to sit down for them. But they weren't regular and progressively getting closer together. I actually ended up being induced at 42 weeks in both my pregnancies.



When you do start timing, start from the beginning of each contraction.

Jenni - posted on 05/02/2011

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are they regular? Have you been timing them?
I know I experienced plenty of strong braxton hicks that didn't result in labour. Sometimes they were as close as 2-3 mins apart but they weren't regular. One would come at 5 mins, the next at 3 mins, the next at 6 mins and so on.

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