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July 5th, 2012, 09:45 PM
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Should I be worried about contractions that are not painful?

I am slightly worried since I was told to come to the hospital if I have 5 or more in an hour and I have had quite a few tonight, but they don't hurt at all I just feel my stomach hardening. I never had contractions (not even BH) with my previous pregnancy until I was actually in labor and those were painful from the very beginning and I knew right away I was in labor.

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July 6th, 2012, 05:48 AM
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How far away do you live from the hospital? That would be my deciding factor on when to head in.

My contractions didn't "hurt" with DD until I was closer to transition and stuck on my back. I'd certainly give the doctor a call, but if you are laboring comfortably at home without pain and don't have a long drive, I'd stay at home as long as possible.

I've had some contractions, nothing I can time though. They are not painful, but they are exactly what you are describing. My belly gets super tight. I've had to breath through a few because my belly was SO tight and just felt the need to. Overall, its not enough to call my midwife or go into the birth center.
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July 6th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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I've had tons of bh in an hour. I'll go in when I'm in real pain. But I know my body well and I've had 2 already. My doc told me to come in when they get hard to deal with and painful not necessarily close together. But if you're due soon, it could be beginning labor, which I didn't even feel. Still, I'd stay home until it got painful.
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July 6th, 2012, 12:07 PM
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I've had almost painless labors before, it wouldn't hurt to go in, the least they will do is send you home. I eventually made the rule with Oliver not to go in until I was spotting. Its a good thing I didn't follow that rule this time cause I don't think I ever bled/spotted, at least not until close to the end!
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July 6th, 2012, 08:09 PM
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Thanks ladies! I figured I would just know when it's time to go, but I tend to over think everything and end up worrying myself. I have been keeping an eye out for any indication that I'm in labor since my daughter was born so early. I'm a little less than an hour from the hospital and I am going to have to drop my daughter off when it does happen so I'm planning on leaving as soon as I know I'm in labor. As of yesterday, I was 80% effaced and dilated 1-2cm, so I'm guessing it could happen anytime. Still hoping to at least reach 37 weeks, which will be Monday so not much longer for my goal
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July 8th, 2012, 08:23 AM
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From my experience last weekend in labor and delivery, they want contractions to be intense to consider you in active labor hence why they kept sending me home. Apparently I was handling them too well! I agree, though, if you live far away from the hospital you may want to take that into count. I only live 3 minutes away so I kept an eye on them and went in only when they got to be 2-3 minutes apart. Even then, they sent me home because they weren't intense enough. They want you to do the "hard stuff" IE: early labor as much at home as you can since it takes the longest. Good luck!!
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July 8th, 2012, 11:21 AM
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From my experience last weekend in labor and delivery, they want contractions to be intense to consider you in active labor hence why they kept sending me home. Apparently I was handling them too well! I agree, though, if you live far away from the hospital you may want to take that into count. I only live 3 minutes away so I kept an eye on them and went in only when they got to be 2-3 minutes apart. Even then, they sent me home because they weren't intense enough. They want you to do the "hard stuff" IE: early labor as much at home as you can since it takes the longest. Good luck!!

Thanks for the info Ashley! Part of the reason why I don't wanna go to to hospital unless I have to is because we are somewhat far and I would have to pack up my daughter and my dog each time. I'd rather know its the real thing before we go through all that, but I also don't wanna risk having the baby at home or in the car! I have been having a lot of contractions lately. Last night I had 10 in an hour and they were painless. I was instructed to drink 2 full glasses of water, lay on my side and re-monitor for another hour. I did that and they calmed down. The waiting and not knowing is starting to kill me!
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