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I haven't posted here in a long, long time, but I have a question about labor and was wondering if anyone could offer any insight. I've heard it said that the more pregnancies you have, the longer your early labour can be, as in days or a week of contractions that aren't too serious before going into actual labour.
Have you found this to be true?
I'm having my 5th and for almost the past week I've been having bouts of contractions. The last few days they've been every day for hours and hours, 5-10 minutes apart but not particularly painful, and of course quitting once I go to bed. Just wondering if I'll actually go into labor at the end of this and if this is common among 5th+ pregnancies.
Mom to 4 boys and 1 girl
This may not answer your question, but I'll share what happened to me.... I noticed with my 5th pregnancy that what you're describing is very similar to how my contractions were. At my 37 week OB appt. I mentioned this to my OB, & as a precaution because we had to have a repeat c-section, he sent me to L&D to be monitored. My contractions were actually every 10 minutes a part when I arrived, so they gave me IV fluids to see if it would stop them, since my OB doesn't use any type of medication to formally stop labor after 37 weeks. Well instead of stopping my labor, the IV fluids did just the opposite. I went from contractions every 10 minutes to every 2-3, and dilated 3 cm. in a matter of an hour. We then decided that it was time for the c-section.
~ Proud parents of 7 & happily expecting!! ~
I was induced with my first 3. Then #4 I went into labor on my own. I was having regular contractions for 3 days prior to my water breaking. Then my labor stoped and I had to be induced to finish the job. I was wondering this same question as you since this is my 5th as well.
Christina Married to Eric, Mom to Ashley 14, Christopher 10, Wyatt 8 , Brantley 5, Orion 2
Baby #6 due in April
I had weeks of early regular contractions with all but one of mine. With that one I felt very blessed because I was dilating without contractions until I went into transition. At that point it was one long contraction for 45 minutes until he was born.
Mama to a few:
L (5-21-88); Mi (dn, 8-29-91); A (10-27-91); I (10-2-92); Ma (dd, 4-17-94);
N (10-29-95); S (10-13-98); Le (10-28-00); C (3-7-03)
I didn't have any prelabor with my first or my third, but I had weeks and weeks of early labor with my second and fourth. It was SO HARD. I wound up being induced with my second due to pre-e and being 42 weeks. I went into labor (ish) naturally with my fourth at 42.2 weeks. I did have long early labor with my 3rd and 4th though. Contractions remained 10 mins apart (cervix was dilating though) until my water broke with both of those kids. Once my water broke, I had about 20-30 mins of active labor and pushed those babies out both very quickly.
Previously known as ~~Que~~
Student Midwife, Doula, Placenta Specialist, and Lactation Counselor