"Different" than textbook labors

Joy - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I have yet to have a single labor that remotely matches anything found on the "signs of labor" pages on websites. (Last time I had ONE contraction I couldn't talk through, and I probably could have if I put effort in it.)

So my question is to those ladies whos bodies aren't the norm: what signs did you have that it was time to actually truck it for the hospital?


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Sary - posted on 10/07/2009




Well I recently had my first baby. And I too didn't know I was in labor. I went for a check up because I thought I might be leaking amniodic fluid. Turns out I wasn't but I was 4cm dialated and having contractions (i didn't feel a thing). They broke my water and within 1hour I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.

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I think, at least from my experience, it is different with each pregnancy. With my singleton born first, my water broke when I woke up in the morning and we knew to head to the hospital. I labored for hours before getting my epidural.

Then 4 1/2 years later I had my twins. Totally different. I didn't even know I was in labor! On my 36th week I had my OB appt and begged the doc to schedule my C-Section. I had a terb pump in my thigh for 4 weeks and was so ready to be done! I was in pain - back pain, babies were heavy and spent 4 weeks laying around on bedrest so the car ride to and from the doc with heavy babies sitting in me was so uncomfortable I chalked the back pain up to the car ride.

The next day the boys were not moving like they should even after eating, drinking, drinking sugary stuff....so I called the OB to get checked. I was in labor! Dilated from 2-3 overnight and the contractions were regular so they gave me a C-Section 2 hours after I went to the hospital to get checked. I was shocked! You would think I would know what labor felt like but twins were a whole different ballgame.

Abby - posted on 06/24/2009




i had 3 days of full blown contractions before my waters went! and for around 12 hrs theywere ones i couldnt talk thru!

my plug went first thing on the sat and the contractions started with in a few hrs of that!!!

i went to hsp when my contractions were every 5mins(i was only 1cm gone:( ) but they kept me in for other reasons, and i didnt have him until the tuesday!!!! very jealous of the one contraction, my mum was like that when she had me!!!!

Ashleigh - posted on 06/24/2009




Well, im a bit jealous! I wish I didn't have any pain, but my story is different. I was in labour for 2 and a half days, and it was alllll back labour. Even during "early" labour, i couldn't talk, it was so0oo horrible. But I am super proud that even though it was so long and it was back labour, I did it completely natural! Ih ad midwives, and I think they are the only reason I didn't die haha. I went to the hospital when I felt like it, they said I could have stayed at home longer if i wanted to, but i just wanted a change!

Adrienne - posted on 06/23/2009




Haha... My first I went in for a check up. I was having contractions and never knew it. Then my second son (a year later) I saw my doctor the day before and he gave me 24 hours and I would probably be in labor. Well to me nothing was happening except that my back felt sore. So we went in to check it out and I was in labor. The nurse who took my info was I would have never thought you would be having your baby. You walked in here without any pain. Usually all the woman are screaming and complaining she said.

Torey - posted on 06/23/2009




Hello Joy,

I am a SAHM of 3 wonderful kids. And for both of my preg. I had 2 different kind of labor. For my first one I had no labor pain at all. I went in because my water broke. And after that still no pain. How wonderful. Now for my second one I was expecting twins so I did have contraction, but it was not until my water broke for that one also. My answer is if your water brakes then truck it to the hospital because you might be one of the lucky ones with no contraction pain. Hope that everything goes well for you.


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