mine were about 30-60 seconds.. at the beginning they were about 8 minutes apart, and very irregular. One would be 45 seconds, and then nothing for 8 minutes, then the next would be 60 seconds, and then nothing for 5 minutes.. etc.. Usually they tell you to go in when they're about 5-6 minutes apart, and they're regular.. If you've waited several hours and they do not become regular but are staying about 5-6 minutes apart you should call or go in. I waited until it became really uncomfortable. If it's your first you have some time.. it takes on average about 20 hours to go through it (contractions to birth). If you go in early they will either send you home, or make you wait.. so you may as well wait at home where you're comfortable and you can eat and drink etc. Trust me.
at 8:27 AM on May. 17, 2009