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Latent labor?

hello mamas! im 37 1/2 wks pg with my 3rd ..ive been having irregular contractions for about 3 days on and off so my ob suggested i go get checked at the hospital.. the dr there told me i was 1-2 cm dilated and my cervix was soft... they monitered my contractions and said they were too irregular and bc i wasnt 'open enough' that i was not in true labor that i was in latent labor.. does anyone know what this means and how long does it last/

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Asked by zperez0809 at 5:48 PM on Jun. 2, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • That is just a stage of labor and it all depends on your body and the baby on how long it last.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 5:55 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • he first phase of labor is called early or latent labor. Latent labor ends and the active phase of labor begins when the cervix is about four centimeters dilated. The duration of this phase of labor is the most variable, lasting from a few hours to a couple of days. It is characterized by cramping, increased vaginal discharge and contractions. The contractions may be painless or painful; irregular or regular; they often go away or decrease with a change in activity. It is difficult to determine whether someone is in early labor or false labor. The only way to know for sure is by having serial cervical exams that show that the cervix is dilating. For a first-time mom it is sometimes difficult to know when to go to the hospital. Talking to your health care provider or the labor and delivery nurses can help you decide when it's appropriate to go to the hospital.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 5:57 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

  • Walking is a good activity for early labor as gravity helps the baby's head to press on the cervix which can cause the contractions to become closer and more regular. If a couple hours of walking hasn't caused any cervical change or a change in the intensity or frequency of contractions it may be helpful to take a warm bath and rest so you're not exhausted when active labor begins. In some ways the first phase of labor can be the toughest because the timing is so variable and pain medication often isn't an option because it can slow down the labor process.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 5:57 PM on Jun. 2, 2011

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