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February 19th, 2012, 07:18 PM
daneeleigh's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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How long did your early labor contractions last? I've been contracting since Friday night and it's starting to get old lol. I had great consistent close together contractions Friday night, thought I was definitely in labor, got into the car to head to the birth center and they just fizzled out. I was very disappointed. Yesterday I continued to have them but irregularly and last night they were a consistent 7 min apart. Not as close together as Friday night but close enough to keep me sore. I woke up all throughout the night last night contracting. I'd wake up, breathe through it, sleep, wake up, breathe through it, sleep. Today I've been having just random ones again although they're picking up again cause its night time. For those of you who experienced days of contractions, how long did you have them for? Days? Weeks? What finally made you realize you were in labor? I know some bodies take a little while to warm up and get going and apparently do trial runs lol but I'm kind of over it and am ready to get this show on the road if I'm going to continue having contractions.
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February 19th, 2012, 07:30 PM
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With my first: I had my water break at home at 1030pm and contractions didn't start until closer to 1am. She was born at 751am - I had no contractions prior to my water breaking that I felt - not even BH

With my second: I had BH starting around 30 weeks or so off and on. Then, around week 37, I would get some fairly strong contractions in the evening every few days. Enough where I thought that maybe something was happening. But nothing too consistent either. I went into labor at 38w,3d - woke up at 5am with a strong contraction, then had another 10 minutes later and they just closer together after that and had her at 2:19pm.

So, I don't really have a lot of early labor (or at least not with the girls). One of my close friends, on the other hand, has days and days of it with contractions getting as close as every 3-4 minutes apart, but not very strong. She went in for her 2nd child in September after 3 days of contractions every 4-7 min apart and she was 4cm when she got to the hospital. They stayed pretty spaced out and she had him about 18 hours after getting to the hospital. Just varies for everyone.

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February 19th, 2012, 09:33 PM
GranolaMamaOf3's Avatar ~Heather~
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You may not want to read my story.. it gets long. literally.

I had BH with both boys starting around 30 weeks or so.. My first shocked us all with his early arrival at 37 weeks.

With my second I just kind of expected that would be the case again... We were so very wrong! at my 36 week home visit, my MW checked me and I was starting to dilate (1-2 cm) and efface (50%). I had one night that week where I was sure this was IT! ..but it fizzled out the next morning. At every weekly appointment from then on I was another cm dilated, and further effaced..and I continued to have intermittent contractions. At 41 weeks, I was 5-6 cm dilated! I had been trying everything to get labor going, and nothing was working.. So my midwife had me use evening primrose oil vaginally that night. The next day, per her recommendation I went to a chiropractor to be adjusted, and that night at 9:30 I drank a super strong red raspberry leaf tea (8 tea bags, 2 C boiling water, steeped for 4 hours. Nasty!). Contractions started up 30 min later (10pm)and remained consistently 10 min apart. I went to bed around 12, was up again by 4:30am because they were too strong to sleep through. Called my midwife around 6:30 (contractions were still about 4-6 min apart but getting intense). He was born by 11:47am.

ANYWAY... My advice; rather than pushing yourself *trying* to keep it going or make the baby come faster, just relax. Try lying on your side, sitting with feet up, standing/walking, shower, eating/drinking, etc.. You will know it is real when after doing all of that, nothing changes, and you can't *stop* the contractions. Don't worry- You will know. Something will change and you will just know it's time!

Good luck!!!

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February 20th, 2012, 04:57 PM
therevslady's Avatar Built for Birth
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It can go on and on. Do your best to relax. Stay home, until you just can't. You'll KNOW (usually) when it's time to go. If it's just "annoying" then it's still early on. Usually.
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