What did your contractions feel like when they started?

ALICIA - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 96 moms have responded )

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I am due in 3 days (Aug 12th) with my little girl and Friday my midwife swept my membranes and said it may or may not help the labor process. Saturday I think I lost at least part of my mucus plug/bloody show throughout the day and of course have been crampy which she said would happen. A couple times my abdomen got hard and I had a sharp pain in my pelvic area but it never lasted very long and has only happened a couple times since Friday. As this is my first pregnancy and I know everyone is different.....just curious as to what everyone else's contractions when they first started felt like and where?? I'm antsy for my little girl to be here and to not be pregnant anymore cause I'm miserable lol

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Lori - posted on 08/19/2010

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mine started as period cramps, so i went to bed then got woken up 2 hours later and after that i was too uncomfy to get back to sleep. they just kept coming as my stomach cramping then gradually got worse.

CJ - posted on 08/19/2010

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I went into labor on Valentines day, my daughter wasn't due until the 19th. I had been achy and uncomfortable all day, no matter what I did, I couldn't get comfortable, which of course made me cranky. My step-mom later told me that because of my mood that day, she knew it was going to happen that night. For a good 4-5 hours before I went into labor I kept feeling like I had to pee, but when I'd go to the bathroom, nothing would happen, it was extremely irritating. Then at about 11:30 that night, I was laying in bed reading a book, and I felt like I had to pee again, but it felt like it does when you held it too long and it's getting kinda painful. So I got up to go, made it two steps from my bed and "whoosh". I just stopped moving, my fiance was like "what's wrong?" I told him, either I just peed all over the floor, or we need to head into the hospital, cuz my water broke. My contractions didn't even start until we were getting into the car 15 minutes later. They felt like bad period cramps, they wouldn't last long, but were happening pretty regularly. I had my baby exactly 6 hours after my water broke. Though most people tell me mine was a very short labor. My mom told me that was normal for the women in her family...And that next time it would probably be even shorter, I was her second, and she was only in labor with me for 45 min. And the doctor had to literally catch my little brother he came out so fast. But everyone is different, my step-cousin was in labor for almost 2 weeks before her daughter finally decided to come out. I don't know about the tightening feeling everyone talks about though...mine felt like period cramps, at first they didn't hurt much at all, by the time I was dialated enough for the epidurel they were worse than any period cramp I ever had, and the worst part was, by that point, when I'd have a contraction I had to fight against the urge to push.

Mindy - posted on 08/17/2010

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I had braxton hicks my entire pregnancy. So when the real thing came I was in total denial. Thinking it was just braxton hicks. I was expecting the real thing to be extremely painfull and it was only uncomforable but totally bareable. this started around 8pm. by 11pm I had the bloody show and still wasn't convinced it was labor but my husband insisted we go to the hospital. When I got there I was at 6cm and had my son within the hour. Good thing he insisted. but the contractions felt like muscle cramps. that are either in your belly, back or both. they last for awhile then go away. like a stiffening of the muscle. The other reason I wasn't convinced is because the timing of the contractions was off. first they would be 5 min apart. then 3 then 10... so they were totally not consistant. but by the time I got to 8cm I knew I was in full labor. Guess what I'm saying is you can never really be sure everyone is totally different and if your even guessing if your in labor you should get checked out. If I hadn't I would have been having my baby delivered by a paramedic on the sid of the road or in my home.. Good luck! She should be here real soon.

Chalaine - posted on 08/19/2010

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i've had my mebranes swept with both of my pregnancies and my doc said i could be in later that night or whenever baby thought she was ready- it's really up to baby, and even when your plug comes out that doesn't mean true labor either. false labor is uncomfortable but you'll know it;s the real thing when u feel it in your back

Aphrodyi - posted on 08/19/2010

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My labor first felt as if I was going to have my menustration. I felt "heavy" pressure in my lower abdomen and began to cramp. It didn't hurt, but you could "tell" that something was happening. This lasted for about 6-8 hours, and then the game was on. I tell this to alot of women who are newly pregnant; "go with it, and don't try to fight the pain."

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Rachel - posted on 08/20/2010

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My first contractions felt like cramps. When I hit active labor they felt like doing sit ups.

Rae - posted on 08/19/2010

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You might not even notice them ;) I went to the hospital because I was feeling a little weird, just BH I thought and I was at 10 cm. My little girl was breech though, so 45 minutes later she was born by emergency c-section. Good Luck and congratulations :)

Shetoria - posted on 08/19/2010

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MY CONTRACTIONS FELT LIKE BAD GAS AND FOOD POISIONING. THEN AFTER 2 HOURS WITH NO RELIEF FROM OTC MEDS. I WOKE UP MY HUBBY AND SAID ITS TIME!

Michelle - posted on 08/19/2010

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i was 8 days over due and i had a strect and sweep done, after i lost a little blood and mucus and i too had some cramps. The next morning however my waters broke and they were brown, so my son had pooed inside me and i had to go to hospital and be induced. I didnt have any contractions until they put me on the drip to start my labour off. Then i had problems while being on the drip as i was having loads of contractions and they were not lasting very long at all and had to be taken off it and stop dilating. My labour didnt go well and the contractions are painfull, no point in telling lies and saying they are not. However, when ur little girl is here hun u will forget all bout that and be happy to have her in your arms :-) good luck and take care xxxx

Rachna - posted on 08/19/2010

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hey hi first of all congratulation !
well in ur case i can say that you are having light contractions just wait n ready with ur hosptial bag ...all the best ...god bless you !

Stacey - posted on 08/19/2010

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after having a sweep on friday afternoon i felt nothing until saturday morning, i didn't realise it was the start of labour as the contractions were nothing like what i imagined, some were sharp pains and others were very mild pains, it wasn't until 6pm that evening when they came every 5 minutes and started feeling like mild period pains and lasting a few seconds that i knew. they intensified over the next few hours and felt like.. say you had a bottle of water and you were squeezing it in the middle, i suppose that what i felt like, but everyone is different. i eventually went to the hospital at 3am but didn't have baby till 2.45am the following day.

Susan - posted on 08/18/2010

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mine started with pain in the back. then went to the more normal abdomen contractions ( feels like you are in the middle of some crunches)

Tia - posted on 08/18/2010

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That sounds about right! They start slow and not so intense but they feel like waves of something like a period cramp. You'll know when you feel them :) Best of luck!!

Holly - posted on 08/18/2010

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at first i really couldnt tell the difference i thought they were only just braxton hicks i only realized i was in labour coz they didnt stop and were becoming regular for me it just felt like jolts of strong period pain

Chelsea - posted on 08/18/2010

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felt like my whole bottom of my stomach locked up very very very very very very tight and was more of a stabbing sensation lol. but i have the wrost of everything.. so it may not be that bad for you

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I got swept too and it made the mucus plug come out. I had small contractions every now and then, but then my water broke 6 days past my due date anyway. After that it took about 9 hours before the real contractions started, and they felt like menstrual pains x20. It hurt like a mofo! So yeah, you'll know when you'r ready. Try this contraction timer http://www.baby2see.com/contractions_tim...

But most of all: Listen to your own body!
Good luck!

Lynde - posted on 08/17/2010

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With my 4 babies my labor only lasted 4 hours. My contractions were what they call piggy back. My body never gave me any down time in between. I would say walking and swaying back and fourth may get her to drop further in your birth canal. Good luck it's the most awsome gift.

Eugenie - posted on 08/17/2010

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For everyone its different with my daughter I was expecting searing pain and a hard stomach but I had back labor. I gave natural birth without pain killers and it felt like my back was on fire. It started out as a back ache and then shot up my spine I ended up on all fours with ice rubbed on my lower back. As far as my stomach it was like uncomfortable period cramps that when I felt I was going to pass out it was time to push. It all depends on your pain threshhold as well. I remember being upset when the nurse kept telling me I was having big contractions and I couldn't feel them but I do recall during these contractions my back was aching.

Roxi - posted on 08/17/2010

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My contractions started off with period type pains and just got stronger. Not a sharp pain, just a very achy pain. Eventually they started to take my breath away...then you know it's starting!

Turah - posted on 08/17/2010

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My braxtons didn't hurt. My contractions came after my membrane ruptured and they felt like waves of really bad bloated cramps.

Maggie - posted on 08/17/2010

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If you are not sure you should speak with the hospital....I didn't think I was in labour, I had a very small faint show, followed by feeling like I had that sickening feeling of having my period. I felt like I just had to stay on the toilet and for lack of better words empty out! Called the midwife, went in got checked out and was told he'll be here within 24 hours. Stronger contractions started about 4 hours after the check and was born within the 20 hours of my minor show.

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Mine felt like menstrual cramps, very consistent. I felt them very faintly around 4am, and they became gradually more noticeable and stronger throughout the day. We went to the hospital around 5pm, I was in full blown labour by 8pm and had my son around 1am.

Christina - posted on 08/17/2010

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well i never felt my contractions with my first pregnancy well the y induced my labor b/c i had high blood pressure but people told me they are like your period cramps but worse but i felt cramps but it didn thurt but my cervix wouldnt dialiated and they broke my water and it became a emercey c-section so i had 2 c sections but with the first it just fells like cramps that come and go and it will get faster

Danielle - posted on 08/17/2010

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I would have braxton hicks everytime I took my dogs on a walk. Then when my little man came, I was induced. I didn't start having contractions I could feel until my doctor broke my water. Because of the pitocin my contractions came immediately and rapidly. To me it just felt like everything in my body tightened up and then would release. But centered from my uterus. Like when you squeeze your hand shut as tight as you possibly can then release it. I didn't have time to breath in between my contractions. They had to slow down my pitocin. I dialated from 3-10cm in an hour.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/17/2010

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The first 2 of my 3 labors were induced.... but my last labor happened naturally. I was at the grocery store when I noticed my first contractions. As I've never experienced BH contractions, I thought this was a first. I wasn't paifull for the first few hours. 4-5 hour later, I thought I was having stomach cramps (like needing to have a bowl movement). After another hour, I called my Dr.s answereing service. They suggested I lay down and relax, as this will sometimes stop false labor. I soon realized that my contractions were getting much stronger (painfull enough to take my breath away) and closer together. I called the Dr. again and told them I was coming in. Whan I got to the hospital, they checked my dilation, at which point my water broke. My son was born 4 hours later.

Eryn - posted on 08/17/2010

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mine started out about an hour apart but they didn't go from an hour to 45 minutes to what ever next like they tell you. mine went from being an hour apart all day (my midwife told me cause I start going into labor on my due date and happened to have a dr appointment that morning). after my contractions being an hour apart all day all of a sudden they went to 30 minutes then to like 10 then 8 and then back to 9 and down to 5 back to 8 back down to 3 so they weren't as timely as some people say. I knew she was definatly coming when all of a sudden I sated have back labor with my regular labor and the contractions were anywhere from 3 to 7 minutes apart.

Lisa - posted on 08/17/2010

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I had my membranes swept on my due date and ended up having to be induced anyway a week later. I did have false labor all week with very strong braxton hicks. When I went in to be induced they broke my water and I walked around for 1 hour without any progress. As soon as my midwife checked me and left the room my contractions started. If felt like bad siatic back pain with shooting pains down my legs and sharp pains in my bladder area. Turns out I needed to relieve my bladder and the pain got better but not by any means bearable. When you finally feel the real contractions you will know and it will be like no one else described. It is weird how it is different for everyone.

Trishana - posted on 08/17/2010

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The best way I can explain contractions is the cramps u get when u constipated! Sounds yucky but thats how I explain it to ppl. :D

Mary - posted on 08/17/2010

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I lost my mucus plug bit's a time and was dilated 3cm for 3 weeks. The baby still came 3 days late. When you have contractions, real ones, you'll know. I can't explain the difference, you'll just know. They will come in waves and you'll feel the difference. They are like your entire belly, through to your back and inside gets tight and hurts. If it's a sharp pain in one spot, probably not a real contraction and more to do with the membranes being stripped. Good luck! Enjoy these last few days as you'll never ever be this close to your little one again and you will miss it.

Carrie - posted on 08/17/2010

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I was told I would feel the real labor contractions in my back, but when it happened all the pain and pressure was in my abdomen. I had my son on a sunday, Friday night while I was sleeping I started feeling on again off again sharp tight pains in my pelvic area. They disappeared Saturday during the day and returned that night while I was trying to sleep again. Sunday morning there was almost no time in between the tight pain so I decided to go to the hospital. Just my luck they disappeared when I got there but because my blood pressure was through the roof for some reason they decided to induce me and when I went into labor the pains were still in my abdomen. Until I got an epidural which I think is the best drug in the world because that sped my labor right along. A few minutes of pushing and out came my son. I didn't feel a thing. Its was kind of like getting a tooth pulled, I felt the pressure of the baby and the weird suction of when he came out.

Melissa - posted on 08/17/2010

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I Never Had Any Contractions.... Either Time.... My Kids Were Both By Csection...

Marie - posted on 08/17/2010

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I was 9 days late after they swept my membranes, and my contractions started at 3am (that i noticed anyways) they felt kind of like a dull period cramp that came..went..came ..went, and i realized i was in labour, it seemed like once i realized it ws happening, they started to get stronger. As it progresses and they start to get stronger you'll feel a tightening of the stomach every time you have the contraction. Alot of women say it hurts, and I believe them! but for my last 3 (including twins) I was laughing until i felt like pushing. I actually had no idea how far along I was, and that put me in a dangerous situation in the end.
Good luck to you and your new baby!! I wish you all the best.

Amber - posted on 08/17/2010

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When my contractions started i became really uncomfortable, and i could not sit in one position for very long. Breathing threw everyone helped me maintain a collective state of mind. Once my contractions were close enough we were off to the hospital, but the contractions ended up easing down a couple hours later, a little potosin (sp) and a few hours & very hard contractions later. My lil boy was born : )

Jillian - posted on 08/17/2010

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My labor started with braxton-hicks...I struggled with them my entire pregnancy, but that night, they were coming very often, and more uncomfortable then I was used to. Good luck!!!!

Dorothy - posted on 08/17/2010

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I had a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions a week before my son came. When the contractions finally came I thought I had to go to the bathroom but I didn't then I got a bath thinking it was another Braxton Hicks. But they didn't go away and they were really regular and close together. You'll be fine good luck.

Toni - posted on 08/17/2010

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My contractions with all three boys were in my back! With my first child, they started early morning(Saturday) and it was just enough pain to wake me and keep me awake. Then as the day progressed, they got worse and kept getting worse. They radiated from my back to my abdomen. It was horrible. Then Monday morning(48 hrs later) I had my beautiful baby boy!

Kristina - posted on 08/17/2010

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My water didn't break completely, but I woke up and felt a "pop" and from there it was trickling. Shortly after that, I started to feel like I had to do a #2 every five minutes, so I was in and out of the bathroom. So for me contractions felt like stomach cramps that get increasingly bad over time. I went to the hospital five hours later, was told I was only one cm and had my son Riley 3 hours later! My contractions felt continuous as well after I got to the hospital. I could hardly ask my boyfriend for a sip of water, they were pretty unbearable. I asked for an epidural and my plan was to go without any drugs! Thank goodness they told me I wasn't far enough along to get one. (I ended up going without drugs). Good luck to you and remember to breath through the contractions, it really does help.

Jessica - posted on 08/17/2010

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my contractions were like realy uncomfortable stabbing pains in the lower back i never got brackston hicks but the more dialated you are the stronger they get im affraid i nice back rub done me a world of good gl if u havnt had the baby yet

Shonna M - posted on 08/16/2010

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i started out not being able to sit comfortably then after a few hours i had severe menstrual like pains in my lower abdomen and pressure all across my belly my daughter was here less then 4 hours later! :)

Ruby - posted on 08/16/2010

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hi i had a little girl in 2008 and we really did not know when she was going to be born so no one was sure. But in july around the 4th i feelt sick a d was miserable and i stayed home with my mom when we were suppossed to go to my aunts house for a 4th of july dinner. the next day on the 5th my dad my little sister and my brother and i went to someones family reouin they went to our chucrh and invited us every since we been at that chucrh will i was still sick and was very tired and one of the girls said that i looked like i wanted to kill someone that day will that night i feelt like i had to go to the bathroom all night i was in pain so bad will i stayed up walked around and then went to sleep for the night and around 5am on the 6th i woke up with more pain i got up went to the bathroom and the pain stopped for a bit around 6 am it started again and then blooding started our family cat was on me the whole time trying to figure out what was going on. i could not talk or scream or anything so i texted my mom she got up and got my dad we went to the emancey room and got there around 7am that morning but on the way the pain stop and i relaxed my mom was driving was trying to hurry we got past the walmart where her daddy worked and my water broke we got to the parking lot of the emancey room and at 7am something she was born in the parking lot her intials we found out later fit the whole story of her being born her intial are ER i did not know that i would not be in alot of pain and it was easy for me but not everyone is the same. the nurse that helped drivler her called her the parking lot baby an after almost a year he and the doctor meet her she had an ear infacten and the docotor and nures were both in the er that day we took her in the nurse was so glad to see her that he told everyone she was there and people had to see the parking lot baby! we told the nurse that her intails were er and he was laughing cause he said it was cool

Melissa - posted on 08/16/2010

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Sharp pain that keeps coming and getting worse each time. Once they get under 10mins apart it gets a little harder - you dont have as much time to recover. Just concentrate on your breathing (it seems to help with the pain also! yay! lol) and before you know it your baby girl will be here! :)

Karen - posted on 08/16/2010

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I had 3 c-sections (all planned for specific reasons) With my last child, when I went into the hospital for the c-section I was in my room hooked up to machines and I felt just slight pressure on and off. I kept looking at the machine with the paper that comes out and I asked the nurse what the lines were and she said I was having contractions. I didnt think anything of it until I had to get up to walk to the surgery room. My son was so low I had a hard time walking. My doctor said my son would probably be small since I was measuring small, but he came out 8lbs 1oz :)

Sam - posted on 08/16/2010

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I was at work when I started to feel mine. My tummy just felt like it was tightening up for a few seconds and then it would release. I asked the lady at the service desk what contractions felt like, it was pretty funny

Nicole - posted on 08/15/2010

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lol lisa that is so true. the one time in the office i almost fell off the table it hurt so bad. then while you are in labor and they want to check your cervix.....o.0 that really hurts my nurse was nice and waited till it was between contractions. but the contractions hurt too...im a pain baby and as much as i wanted natural i got a little over half way and then i started screaming for drugs.

Nicole - posted on 08/15/2010

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my labor pains started as not being able to sit. i would get up and sit back down. it felt like minor back pains that got eventually worse. and they would not go away or be relieved no matter what i did. it just started out very small i was in labor and i didn't even know it !!!! not till 3-4 hours later when i was almost in tears from pain. then i realized the pain was worse for short times then would get better for a min or two.

i lost my mucus plug gradually...tmi but 50 % of women do . its like when you go to the bathroom and wipe you see mucus that looks like it would be from your nose but its in your vaginal region. and its not too bloody. ( mine wasn't bloody at all.) i had my water broken at the hospital some women have their water break before they realize they are in labor and some do not. i was due march first but my daughter wasn't born till march 3rd. i was scheduled for an 8 am induction but i went into natural labor and got to the hospital around 4 am . i started labor between 11pm - twelve am when i realized sitting at the dinner table was becoming very uncomfortable.

i tried alot of the old wives tricks for inducing labor on your own...ill tell you most do not work. my doc said this because my due date i was only 1/2 cm dilated my appt the week before i wasn't dilated at all. with all the stuff i tried, the spicy foods, black licorice, Castor oil, walking, nipple stimulation, only gained me another 1/2 cm by the morning of the third.

i had Braxton hicks but they were more prominent in February near the end of the month. not so much around my due date.

Lisa - posted on 08/15/2010

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I'll tell ya something Contractions isn't what you need to worry about, its when the nurse says "im here to check to see how much you have dilated", thats when you need to hold your breath... just a bit of honest advice! hope all goes well!

Stacey - posted on 08/15/2010

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My contractions basically felt like very strong cramps, it's hard to tell exactly what is going on at first especially if it's your first child. If you THINK you're having a contraction, look at the time. I knew I was going into labor because they were exactly ten minutes apart. I had no signs of labor before the contractions... and after about 3 hours of contractions, my water broke! Good luck and congratulations... enjoy every second! (And get as much sleep as you possibly can!!!!!)

Melanie - posted on 08/14/2010

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I was having tons of contractions for about a week before I had my baby girl. But the night i went into REAL labor, my contractions changed from just tightening and some pelvic pain to all that AND back pain. My contraction would begin in my stomach/pelvic area and move towards my back. They weren't too regular but they were consistent. So they didn't come every 7 then 10 minutes but they were coming for hours on end and wouldn't stop. Then I fianly knew I was in labor when my water broke. But if this doesn't happen to you or you are just wondering when to call your midwife, monotor the pain and when you can't stand it anymore, then you make the call. I hope everything goes perfect for you! good luck.

Jenn - posted on 08/14/2010

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They felt like bad cramps at first and got worse from there. I had them for about a day or so because I didn't know what it was. I went home from work went to bed and woke up in the morning and the cramps were so bad I was pacing the house, FYI that's when you need to go to the hospital! :) I was only dilated a few centimeters but it was perfect timing for an epidural. A little bit of cramps is normal but if they are getting worse and lasting for a certain amount of time and then coming back in a few minutes you need to go to the doctor or at least call. :) Congratulations on your new baby girl! Girls are the best!!!! So easy!

Katelyn - posted on 08/14/2010

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This is called False Labor. Almost all women get it, but not all of us are blessed with feeling it... hehe, I was. Braxtin hix is just another way for your body to ready itself for actual labor. And your mucus plug can be lost multiple times. Don't worry yourself too much. Your little one will come when she is ready:) I feel for you with the done with being pregnant, there is only so much we can handle:)

I started to feel my contractions with our second (I was induced with our first) at about bed time. Was abale to fall asleep, thinking it was just false labor again (had it three times prior). I woke up at about 5am with really bad cramps, or so I thought. Went into a nice warm bath about 6:30am. That always helped me to relax. Then we headed out at about 7am to which was suppossed to my second induction, turns out I was in labor and I had her at 11:20am. It was great, no medication, no epideral. I had her over the toilet, one thing I will tell you... way better to push while you are squating, then when you are lying down:) For some though, ture everyone is different.... just makes more sense I think, gravity works! Good luck with everyting.

Sarah-Anne - posted on 08/14/2010

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never felt a single contraction. was induced at 8 days late, had constant back pain and felt like i was constipated, caved after 25 hours and got a partial epidural (without narcotics), i had lots of pressure after that, daughter was born at ten days late with 38 hours of induced labor and 4 hours of pushing.

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