unsure about labor!!!!!

Bree - posted on 04/30/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am 39 weeks and 2 cm dialated yesterday i had my membranes stripped and had semi-regular contractions all night they didn't hurt very much but my mother said that doesnt mean im not in labor since this morning they have stopped almost completly what does this mean and what should i do im excited to meet my baby girl i was hoping it was finally time please help! im not even sure what contractions feel like:(

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Faye - posted on 04/30/2013

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Contractions can feel like lower back pain, monthly cramps, or a localized pain in the belly area. Believe me, you will know when it is time to go to the hospital/birthing center.

Good luck, your little one will appear on her time frame, not yours.

Mary - posted on 04/30/2013

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It's pretty normal to contract for a while after having your membranes stripped. However, since they were irregular, and pretty much fizzled out, it's a fairly safe bet you are not in labor. Unless they are occurring every 5 minutes (or less) for more than an hour, and are increasing in intensity, there really isn't anything you need to do - other than go on with your normal daily activities. At this stage, labor could start today - or two weeks from now.

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