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January 8th, 2013, 11:58 AM
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Last night, i started having this gross crampy feeling that periodically got really strong and really painful all through my abdomen. Around 11:30 the pain was bad enough that i was vocalizing and my husband started timing them for me. After about an hour of this, he told me that they'd been regular since he'd started keeping track-- they were three minutes apart and all lasted about 30-40 seconds.

I was reluctant to call the doctor because I wasn't sure they were real contractions, even though they were regular, sooo painful, and didn't stop when I changed position. Plus, I've already had two trips to the hospital. It was a good thing, too, because the doctor on call always just sends you to L&D, and the contractions only lasted another 30 (or so) minutes, then stopped completely. We woulda gotten to the hospital just in time for them to stop.

Until 9 this morning. I had another hour of super-painful contractions, about 3.5 minutes apart, then nothing.

Question is, how the hell am I supposed to know when its the real thing? My doctor just says, 5 minutes apart for 2 hours, but can I really go by that?? If they're closer than 5 minutes apart like this, am I still supposed to wait the two hours to make sure they stop? Also, I'm just past 37 weeks and I have NO idea if I'm dilated/effaced at all (my doc doesn't check).

I'm at the point where I hope my water breaks so I'm SURE it's go-time. I dont want to deliver this baby in my house while I'm trying to figure out whether or not i'm in actual labor, lol.
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January 8th, 2013, 12:22 PM
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Good question. My doc goes by 5-1-1 (5 min apart, 1 min long, for 1 hour). Maybe rather than go in only to be sent home, call your doc or L&D and ask if you should still be sticking by that rule if the ctx are closer together than the 5 min?
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January 8th, 2013, 12:25 PM
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I agree - this false labor is making me nuts. I don't know what's what anymore!!
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January 8th, 2013, 12:41 PM
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I wish I had an answer for you! I've had several bouts of false/pre-labor and during the last one, I had minute long contractions, two minutes apart, for over 4 hours (the whole "is this labor" nonsense lasted for almost 9 nine hours total).

My midwife said that all falls in the range of normal, but now I'm worried I won't call anyone until it's too late. This is all new territory to me. Ugh.
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January 8th, 2013, 01:35 PM
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I wish I had an answer for you! I've had several bouts of false/pre-labor and during the last one, I had minute long contractions, two minutes apart, for over 4 hours (the whole "is this labor" nonsense lasted for almost 9 nine hours total).

My midwife said that all falls in the range of normal, but now I'm worried I won't call anyone until it's too late. This is all new territory to me. Ugh.
holy crap! no labor after contractions for nine hours and i'd go in there after him!
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January 8th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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The hospital told me to come in when I can't take the pain anymore, I thought that was pretty funny.
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January 8th, 2013, 01:54 PM
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holy crap! no labor after contractions for nine hours and i'd go in there after him!
Yeah. I had a good cry. I'm still trying to get over that emotionally, honestly. I feel like a baby, but all that build up, and excitement, and pain and no baby? It was a pretty hard blow. I hope your wishy-washy labor turns into the real thing soon!

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The hospital told me to come in when I can't take the pain anymore, I thought that was pretty funny.
That is what my first midwife told me with my oldest! Haha! My water broke and she said stay home until you can't stand it anymore. Very encouraging, eh?
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January 8th, 2013, 02:28 PM
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oh my :/ how frustrating! Definitely add me to the false labor club. tons of contractions that never seem to progress. This did not happen with DS. i dont understand why my body has to be so confusing DS is only 19 months old, my cervix should remember how to do this whole labor thing without so many false alarms!
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