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March 9th, 2010, 07:15 PM
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Tonight I have had an intense back cramp, but only on one side. It lasted for about an hour non stop, with random tightening in the front that came and went. Then it went away for about 10 minutes, and then the backache came back, with tightening again.

If this is labor, I have no idea how to time this. Do I time the painless tightening or the backache? Because they don't coincide... the backache lasts way longer than the tightening. I am considering calling my midwifes to ask, but I don't want to bother them if I can find the answer myself.

I figure this is just pre-labor stuff anyway and it will turn into something obvious as time goes on, but I thought I should ask incase it doesn't.


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March 9th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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I'd time the tightening...those sound more promising! Maybe jump in the tub and see if you can just relax for a bit. Either that or head to bed. When/if you can't sleep through them it sounds to me like it could be the real thing!
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March 9th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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I totally had that with my dd, weird back pains that came and went. It actually took over 24 hours before it became regular and I was convinced it was labour. I would just wait and see for now. If you're nervous, call the midwife.

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March 10th, 2010, 03:51 AM
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Sounds promising. With back pain like that I would be concerned for a malposition and would start spending some time in the hands and knees doing pelvic rocking. Let your belly hang down so there is a lot of room for baby to move around.
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March 10th, 2010, 04:58 AM
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March 10th, 2010, 05:34 AM
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no news on her facebook, but I'm sure she will be rocking and rolling sometime very very soon!
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March 10th, 2010, 06:18 AM
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Came to check back in with you Kristin. How are things going this morning?
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March 10th, 2010, 06:24 AM
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I have no idea what that was all about. It was very intense, I was able to fall asleep and just had the usual BH's all night.

False labor I guess. Bummer.
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March 10th, 2010, 06:27 AM
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I personally don't believe in false labor. If you are contracting it is because your body is doing a job. It may not dilate your cervix, but it does do something productive, like help baby get into a better position. Any time you have contractions that are more then regular BH your body is working, and it is not 'false' work. It is purposeful. We don't know what the purpose is, but it is helping you achieve your goal
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March 10th, 2010, 06:49 AM
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Thanks! I actually think I did dilate because I woke up with tons of yellow mucus discharge. Bleck.
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March 10th, 2010, 07:01 AM
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I agree with Meghan - I think every contraction has a purpose during pregnancy!

It sure sounds like you're making lost of progress! Yeah! I hope it continues!
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March 10th, 2010, 08:10 AM
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March 10th, 2010, 09:07 AM
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March 10th, 2010, 09:53 AM
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Boy am I grouchy today. And I have gigantic cankles all of a sudden.
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March 10th, 2010, 09:59 AM
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I also think of "false labor" as just early labor- this happened with me with Cadie, I thought I was starting labor all Sunday night and Monday....then it stopped. But when I went into "real" labor on Thursday night, it started right where it stopped on Monday.

No one can blame you for being grouchy!
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March 10th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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2 things-one, not false, just early labor

two, weren't you just saying how you felt awful and swelled up shortly before Walter was born???

I say 48-72 hours tops and you'll be in an active contraction pattern!
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March 10th, 2010, 10:40 AM
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^^ Yes! That's what I just told my husband. I'm swelling up and complaining, it must be soon.

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March 10th, 2010, 11:37 AM
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Sounds like any moment you'll have that contraction that makes you go, "eh... that one was real..."

With the back pain, I'd wonder if baby may not be sunny side up... I agree with doing the pelvic tilts to try correcting that... can't hurt even if that's not what it means.
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March 10th, 2010, 12:17 PM
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How exciting!!! I'm anxiously awaiting!
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March 10th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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Yay, I'm hoping it's really soon for you!
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