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Temyrra - posted on 10/22/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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So since 3 o clock yesterday afternoon (it is now 7 pm next day) i started having contractions around 20 or less minutes apart. they started being more painful and uncomfortable throughout the night, i figured that i wasnt too close into labor so i went to bed, the next morning (this morning) i was still contracting and they were 10-15 minutes apart, but only a little bit more painful, most of my pain was in my back. we went to the hospital around 12 and they checked i was 1 cm dilated and about 60 % thined out. they had me walked around for about an hour checked again and still 1 cm dilated but didnt say anything else. after they did all that i still had a few contractions and they were more harsh, but now my lower stomach is still painful and hardly any contractions at all....what do you think this means?

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Kate CP - posted on 10/25/2011

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*cringes* Don't call it false labor, please! For those of us who have been through prodromal labor, it doesn't FEEL false and it's a little disheartening to have it brushed off like that. :/

Lesley - posted on 10/24/2011

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What I think is that you are in early labor. Sometimes this "prodromal" labor can last a day or two before "active" labor really kicks in. If you haven'y been admitted to the hospital, get yourself out of there and go home. Get something really good to eat, drink lots of water and get some rest until your contractions become stronger and closer together. When you've gotten some rest, and are ready to be more active, it is important to be upright and change postions often (including being on your hands and knees - your baby may be posterior, and needs some time to turn around)
I wish you a wonderful birth!!!
lesley

Ez - posted on 10/22/2011

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BH contractions are different to 'prodromal'. BH contractions generally aren't painful, and are just felt as tightenings. Prodromal or prelabour contractions can hurt, be quite regular, and possibly even convince you that it's the real deal. But they will usually stop with rest, or a warm bath or shower.

Ez - posted on 10/22/2011

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Sounds like pre-labour/ prodromal labour to me. It's just your body doing some of the work before it kicks into active labour, and can actually last for days, or weeks on and off. My prodromal labour got me to 4cm before active labour began. So even though it is annoying, it is actually a good thing for you to be making progress without too much pain.

How far are you?

Iridescent - posted on 10/22/2011

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It could be a few things. First, you could be in labor. If you feel you still are, go back if you're concerned. Second, it could be Braxton Hicks contractions, which are expected towards the end of a pregnancy (even a few months!). The only real difference between BH and real labor is you do not progress (dilate) with BH. Third, you could be dehydrated and it's setting off contractions. These may or may not cause true labor. A good idea to follow is to lay on your left side, drink a full glass of water, and wait for 30 minutes and see if they reduce.

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Kate CP - posted on 10/26/2011

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I'm going to assume that since it's been a while since this was posted that she's gone to the hospital and had the baby...which is why she isn't posting an update yet. ;)

Ez - posted on 10/26/2011

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Yes it is NOT false labour. It is doing it's job of preparing the body for the active stage. I got to 4cm with my week-ish of prodromal labour :)

Matilda - posted on 10/25/2011

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We are waiting for the Good News,I Gues its a Baby Boy coz the Labour seem to be abit different .All the Best! update on your progress.

Briany - posted on 10/24/2011

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Hi! I had very similar with my baby girl last year! I went into 'prodromal' labour at around 33 weeks and this lasted till she was born at 38 weeks. I was in and out of hospital that often, because the contractions were so painful and often regular, but I'm sure they groaned when they saw me coming! On the day that I was actually in full labour the pain and contractions felt much the same just slightly more painful and as I had kinda got used to it by now, I just brushed it off! After 3 hours I went to go to bed, and as soon as I laid down that's when they got unbearable, quite literally in an instant! I told my husband to get in the car and take me to hospital NOW, by the time we arrived 10 mins later, it was agonizing! Once I got in the labour ward however, I was told that I was 10 cm and about to have my baby girl! 14 minutes after pulling up in the hospital carpark, I delivered a healthy baby girl with no tears, drugs or other complications! I really think to this day it was because of all the work my body had done in the weeks prior to the birth that made my delivery so smooth! The best part was that I was up and about within the hour with very little pain or discomfort!! Think positive, I really hope this is what is happening to you right now!! Very best of luck and keep us updated! xx

Shae - posted on 10/24/2011

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Could be Braxton Hicks. I had them for the entire last trimester and in the end was like OMG Get it over with already, it made me have my first child in less then 4 hrs with no tears or anything so... I'd take it as a good thing!!!

Kate CP - posted on 10/24/2011

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How are you doing today, Temyrra? Is the baby here yet? I'm so excited for you! :)

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Thank you for that description Erin. Maybe that's what I had, but I have no clue. Contractions started before 24 weeks, would be kinda painful but not bad if they were short, last from 20 seconds to 9 minutes, and come as rare as half a dozen in a day or more than 10 in an hour....

Sorry Temyrra, not to make this post about me. I'm just curious now. ;)

Kate CP - posted on 10/23/2011

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One of the best things for prodromal labor is sleep. Most women who get a good amount of sleep during prodromal labor wake up in full labor a few hours later. If you're willing to take some pain medication then I would suggest asking them to give you something to help take the edge off so you can sleep for a while. When you wake up you'll probably be in full labor. That's what happened to me, anyway. :P

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I was never in 'real' labor, so I can't help you there.

I do have to say one thing though.... If BH contractions don't make you dilate.... I was in labor for 3 months cuz I was at a one at 25 weeks and a 5 at 37 weeks (went to a 3 somewhere in between) the night before I went in to be induced. ;)

Sharlene - posted on 10/22/2011

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Hot water bottles and get your husband to rub your back drink plenty of water. still do what you do during the day but if the contraction start again and there close together or if your water breaks you would feel a massive flood ok so keep calm going about doing what you do and have your husband close to you and get ready. Darling all the best I hope you have wonderful labour.Cheers

Temyrra - posted on 10/22/2011

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yeh i was thinking they could be BH but they started hurting and i started to dilate to 1, ive been drinking lots of water, im usually pretty good at it too... just now theres hardly any contractions and still pain...
Ive taked 2 hot showers since yesterday, they helped until i stepped out of them, they didnt suggest i take anything they just said to do whatever i do usually during my days

Sharlene - posted on 10/22/2011

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Hi .babys probably trying to position there self ,keep track of your contractioons.even take a hot shower or bath for the back pain,Did they advice you could take parcetamol that if only the back peain is bad phone the hosiptal first and when your water break you might just have acouple maybe of hours still phone the hosiptal and you and hubbie keep calm, but i say babys going in position darls.Best of luck darls

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