Is there anyone else who does not have "regular contractions"?

Yalana - posted on 07/02/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm kind of feeling left out! lol! I've had 3 boys and am pregnant with a girl due in a month. I've been constantly asked if I'm having Braxton-Hicks contractions, which I have never experienced. My body is the "all-or-nothing" type. When I have gone into labor, the contractions were extremely irregular until the second my sons were out! Even the final contraction to get the placenta out was unpredictable. With my third son, we would have had to wait a half hour after he was born if my doc hadn't gone in and scraped out my uterus (the final contraction came 30 minutes after he was born)! I have never had the "5 minutes apart" type consistently. I may have had a few that were 5 minutes apart, but then they would be 2 minutes, then 15, then 7, then 1, then 25. I was in labor with my third son for over 2 weeks (the hard, painful, doubled over kind) that my doc kept trying to pass off as BH. Found out that when my son was finally born, he was at least a week to 2 weeks overdue. Has anyone else had these non-textbook contractions besides me? And yes, I am not normal in any sense of the word! Thanks!

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Yalana - posted on 07/04/2011

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Thank you, ladies! It's nice to know that "normal" isn't really normal! lol! My third son looked like a little Shar Pei when he was born! Wrinkled skin hanging off of him...if he had been born when I first went into labor, he probably would have been well over 9 pounds! (not my first big one...the other two were 10 punds 2 oz. and 9 pounds 4 oz...my daughter is at 35 weeks and 6 pounds 10 oz.!). I was just wondering...I thought maybe this time I might experience something different, but I'm not holding my breath...kind of hard to when your lungs have been pushed up into your throat!

Emma - posted on 07/02/2011

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Yep! My son was the same in labour for just over two weeks, looked like a little prune when he arrived! My contractions were never regular, like yourself anything from two min to 20. With my little girl it was completely different, in labour comfortably for about 4 days and arrived on her due date (felt stupid going into the hospital on my due date, but she made an apperance). So just to let you know your not by yourself, think it's just the difference between boys & girls

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I've never been in 'real' labor, but when I was pregnant w/ twins.... I had BH contractions off and on constantly for 3 months. They ranged anywhere from 10 seconds to 9 minutes (yeah, that one was 'fun') long. Sometimes I'd have 10 in an hour.... sometimes none for 6 hours or more.... for THREE months straight. That was my labor.....

Elfrieda - posted on 07/02/2011

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I've only experienced one pregnancy and birth, and I didn't have BH contractions at all - or so I thought. My midwife was measuring my belly one day and asked about the BH contractions, and I told her I hadn't had any, and I was concerned. She pointed to my stomach and said, Look, you're having one right now! Sure enough, my belly had gone all hard, but I couldn't feel it.

Also, when the big day arrived, it wasn't really the big day. I started having contractions that hurt enough for me to have to ignore conversations and grab something and breathe through it, but they carried on through that night, the next day, and to the following morning, always at 15 minutes apart. Then they started coming closer and closer, and my midwife told me to call her when they were 5 minutes apart, 1 minute long, and had been like that for 1 hour. Well, that never happened. They jumped from 7 minutes to 2 minutes, and varied from there. I was tired of timing them, so I stopped and I don't know how it went for the rest of the time. I think there was a 15 minute wait between the baby being born and the placenta, but I was distracted from the time by a very handsome boy that I had just met. :)

I think we're all so different that it's hard to find someone who would labour exactly as "the book" says she would. But obviously it's working for you! :) Congratulations on having your little girl!

Katherine - posted on 07/02/2011

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I had very mild ones. Until they induced me. I mean my stomach just tightened a little bit. I was in labor with both for over 20 hours.
I believe if I wasn't induced it would have been better though :|

Lissa - posted on 07/02/2011

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With my first I just had backache, then I had front and back ache. No contractions not even irregular, just a constant soreness. I knew I was in labour but had no idea I was about to actually give birth. I thought yeah I'm in labour but not had any contraction it must be hours off. Then suddenly ouch and I was pushing. With the other two I had the contractions.

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