How Would I know when I'm going into labor?

Jennifer - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm expecting and I just wanted to know how I would know if I'm going into labor. What is false labor?

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Janna - posted on 02/28/2010

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Just keep in mind, If the contractions are getting LONGER, STRONGER, and CLOSER TOGETHER you are in labor. If they go away when you get up and walk around or change positions then it is false.

Katt - posted on 02/28/2010

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It's different for everyone. I went into false labor about 3 weeks before I went into actual labor. False labor was cramps about 7-8 mins apart lasting about 40-50 seconds, It was very much like real labor for me the doctors were very concerned I would go into full labor. Real labor started out the exact same, I felt a but more pressure that time though. It was weird when I went into real labor I wasn't hungry all day, didn't eat anything was tired and slept and relaxed all day... then was in labor all night. Some women their water breaks..others the contractions are much stronger it really depends on you!! I was always told if you haven't lost your mucous plug your not in labor well thats a lie I lost mine when I was at the hospital in labor at about 3 cm!!

Crystal - posted on 02/28/2010

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I agree it's different with everybody, but with me I was in labour a week early and that morning I woke up at 4am thinking I had really bad poo cramps and I couldnt go, I just thought I was constipated being most women are when they're pregnant and by 8am I relized I was having contractions..My husband rushed me to the hospital and by 202 that evening my little boy was born..

Jen - posted on 03/01/2010

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i was in slow labour for 3 days i had contractions every half an hour so they have a membrane sweep on the 3rd day n i was bk in hospital 4 hrs later havin contractions every 3 mins wen i had my labour all i could do is cry i was so tired from the days wid out sleep i just wanted to sleep so i was more tired than anything but when the pain is so umbreable n seems to last forever thts labour. good luck on your labour all the best

Diana - posted on 03/01/2010

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I didn't even know for sure that I had started labor. There was a little bit of discharge and the next day I called the doc and she told me to go to the hospital. I wasn't feeling any contractions, but my water had broken so they gave me some meds to increase contractions and soon enough my baby boy was out. Honestly, I didn't feel any different-if it wasn't for the discharge I wouldn't have known my water had broken and it wasn't even as they say-there was hardly any discharge. They make it sound like you're going to have a cup of water come rushing out-but I guess it's different for everyone. THere are different stages of labor and the first can be a while with you not really feeling much of anything.

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False labor is just what people say..its labor pains that don't follow a pattern. Once your labor reaches the point in which you cannot speak through contractions then you are ready to go. Mild Contractions can go on for days..so don't rush to the hospital just yet. Enjoy your time at home. My midwife told me this tip: when i was having constant contractions and I wasn't sure if they were the 'real thing' she told me to go take a warm bath and if they stopped after..then they were just the beginning and that i wasn't ready yet. hope this helps!

Stevie - posted on 02/28/2010

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you will know somehow with my first i was just in some really hard cramps i knew something either wasnt right or something was happening i never had contractions with her and my second i was induced so i had felt for the first time what a contraction was and its just a tightening of your belly and some pain and some pressure i know with my first i would be in pain for 5 min then it would keep going up not a normal thing to happen and with my second it induces your contractions so its more realish ppl say its worse i cant say that i had both my kids without pain meds and it was very painless acording to the way ppl will tell you of course my first was a 10 min labor and my second was 15.5hours but you will know time from the first time you feel the contraction to the start of your next every time if it gets closer you should probably head to the hospital and call your dr... good luck sweet heart... oh also for me it didnt get really bad until my water was broken it was harder to try and keep my mind off it (i also never took any classes)

Katelyn - posted on 02/28/2010

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From my experience, believe me, you'll know. When you have a contraction where you can't talk and have to remind yourself to breathe, you're in labor. Then when they're about 3-5 minutes apart, go to the hospital.

Nancy - posted on 02/28/2010

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generally, your contractions should fall into a regular pattern, like one minute in length, every five minutes or so. as you get closer to delivering, the contractions become more and more intense (and harder to breathe through), and the time between contractions shortens, every four minutes, every three minutes, every two minutes, etc.

Krista - posted on 02/28/2010

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It's different for everybody, but for me, false labour just felt more like a tightening. There really wasn't much pain. It'd happen irregularly for a bit, and then stop altogether.



I can't tell you about real labour, because I was induced, so the whole thing was a little bit out of the norm. The first sign for me that something was happening was that I started to leak amniotic fluid. It wasn't a lot, but it was enough that I knew I hadn't just peed myself a little. It was very confusing, because I had expected a "standard" labour.



When in doubt, call the hospital. They're used to this. And if you genuinely do think you're in labour, don't be ashamed to assert yourself. When I went in, they told me I was mistaken and wasn't leaking amniotic fluid. I said that I knew I was and that I wasn't going home. So they parked me in a spare hospital bed for the rest of the day, and when they checked me again at 4pm, sure enough, they detected leaking amniotic fluid -- I'd been right all along. So don't be afraid to listen to your instincts and your body.

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