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November 14th, 2012, 11:53 AM
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How were you able to tell the difference between your early labor and your active labor? What were the most obvious signs that things "changed"? How long did your early labor last?
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November 16th, 2012, 06:18 PM
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Isn't early labor just the contractions and active when you start pushing? If so, pregnancy 1 had about 34 hours of early labor but that probably isn't entirely accurate since I had epidural. Though from contraction #1 to birth it was 36hrs. With my second early would have been about 11 hours if not a bit more. My water won't break on its own but once the dr breaks it for me I quickly get the irrisistable urge to push and will deliver in about 45 minutes.
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November 17th, 2012, 01:44 AM
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I slept through a majority of my early labor. I used hypnosis to handle the contractions once I woke up and most of that is kind of a blur. The only part I vividly remember is transition. That felt like one long contraction that would not end and I faltered a bit in handling it. Active labor was 4 hours.

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November 24th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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Early labor for me last a few days before active labor kicked in. Active labor was a pain, i was in so much pain from it but for me once i got into active labor it was over within 30 mins to a hr or so. and active labor is from 5cm to 10cm, 7 to 8cm is transaction or whatever u call it.
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November 24th, 2012, 06:13 PM
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Once I can't do other things I know things are really moving into active birthing. Early on I can make dinner, bathe kids, arrange baby things, etc. Once I need to stop things, it's getting deeper, and eventually I give up doing anything else. Also, when I start wanting DH to be right there with me through each contraction, that's a good indication that we're definitely having a baby!

Surrounded - early is defined as up to 4cm's, and active to about 8cm's, then transition is 8-10cm's. All part of the 1st Stage of labor. Pushing is the 2nd Stage
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