How did u no u were in labour?
Amanda - posted on 12/01/2010
I knew I was in labour with my son when I went to the hospital for a check up and I was 10 cm dialated. An hr later my waters broke and my son was born 20 mins later. With my daughter I had a feeling when I woke up in the morning that she was going to be born that day, I just felt different and my stomache had changed shape
Iysha - posted on 11/30/2010
When I was 33 weeks I passed a clot looking thing while I was at work. i drove myself to the hospital a half hour away since it was almost 5pm and my OBGYN would be out by then. When I got there and got in a room, the nurses told me I was in labor and was dialated to 2. I didnt feel a thing. It was stopped and at 35 weeks, at 2 am, right as I took my meds that were supposed to keep me from going into labor, I felt pains in my lower belly and they didnt stop after an hour so I went back to the hospital and I was in labor again. This time, I had a feeling I was. lol...a painful feeling. My water broke around 8pm before I felt contractions but I though I was just peeing myself a bit since the doctor told me it would be a gush and not just little leaking here and there.
Momof1 - posted on 11/30/2010
I knew I was in labor, cuz my water broke. Thank goodness for that, or else I wouldn't have known until too late to get to the hospital. I had back labor, so my stomach didn't harden or tighten. I only knew I was having contractions when, after the third time I was asked about my contractions and I said I wasn't having any but my back hurt, I was told they were contractions.
@ Kate, I never had bloody show or lost my mucus plug. I looked for it as I was getting closer to my due date, but never saw anything.
Kate CP - posted on 11/30/2010
Bloody show is a must. If you're not having any bloody show you're not in "real labor". Most real labor pains start in the back and radiate to the front. Your whole stomach will go hard for a few minutes and then it will subside. Most real contractions will "take your breath away" and you may not be able to talk through them. Obviously this isn't true for ALL women, but most women experience labor symptoms like the ones I mentioned above.
Christy - posted on 11/30/2010
Sounds like labor to me! I had C sections with both my kids, however with the first I went into labor (before the scheduled C section) and it got worse and worse-pain in the abdomen and back BIGTIME! I was 35 weeks along when both mine came along so you will be OK!!!!
Tabby - posted on 11/30/2010
It sounds strange but everyone told me you know when you're in labor and they were right! I was having very painful contractions coming every 5 minutes. I couldn't talk during them and I could barely walk. One thing I did notice was that "real" labor contractions started in my back and moving towards my tummy... kinda like a rolling pain. If you have any question about if you might be going into labor call the doctor or hospital. I know I had Braxton-Hicks contractions that felt like real labor, they were painful but I only felt them in my belly (I think I went in 5 different times to get things checked)
Kathy - posted on 11/30/2010
Call your doctor, or head to the hospital, they can tell you if it is starting or if its something else. I had pain like that when I was about 33 weeks and it was triggered by a bladder infection, in which case the pain would have stayed till it was treated. I knew mine was going to start when my water broke, but the actual labor started later, my contractions felt like everything ribcage down past my hips were in a vise grip being tightened as far as possible.
Lissa - posted on 11/30/2010
I would contact your midwife, with my first this was how my labour was until I was about 8cm dialated. I was expecting contractions that started slowly then built up, so I got a bit of a shock. Don't worry it could be your body just getting itself ready for baby but I think any pains like this that last this long should be checked out by a proffesional.
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