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November 9th, 2010, 03:05 PM
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I feel foolish, but I really don't get what to expect contractions to feel like! Do you just know when they're the real deal? Tightening of the whole belly, ok, well that happens here & there - is that what to be on the lookout for happening regularly, even if it doesn't hurt? I've had some pretty strong tightening tonight, w/cramping on the sides and getting air is taking some effort, but... It's over an hour to the hospital, and as I get closer to my guess date, I am more nervous I'll blow off or not recognize the surges as real labor & not make it to the hospital! Which as a VBAC, could be a bad thing. What did your labor surges feel like when you started really paying attention to them? Did you go by timing, pain/intensity, or ???? Thanks ladies...I feel clueless!!
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November 9th, 2010, 03:19 PM
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Mine felt like tightening that took my breath away, which got slightly more uncomfortable as time went on. At about 5-6 cm they started hurting...like rock and moan through hurting.

I'm pretty sure the standard rule is 5 minutes apart, lasting approximately 30 seconds.

Good luck, and I'm sure you'll be fine! I think everybody is scared of not making it to the hospital, and everyone does. The statistics of car births is very low, lol. Congrats on your new baby!
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