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Is this labor? Please help im a first timer..*UPDATE*

Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 8:57 PM
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So I've been having contractions for a couple days now..not painful ones I guess just BH but today i woke up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night like usual and i had the worst pains all around my hips and lower back just everywhere in that area...well ive been having really bad stomach cramps all day and have used the bathroom for number 2 (sorry tmi) 4 times and all soft stool. Now I have heard of some women being in labor and their pains actually feeling like stomach cramps...ive also had some period like pains and lots of pressure...but should I go in to get checked? Any advice would be great thanks..

So I went to the dr. today to get checked. She checked me and I am 1cm dilated and 80% effaced, so thats good news. She sent me to labor and delivery from the clinic to monitor me for a while. Im having contractions every 4-5 min. but their not actual labor contractions because their not making me dilate. So I asked the nurse why I keep having all these contractions that wont go away no matter what I do, she said it is most likely early labor and I could be in active labor any day now or maybe next week who knows. Hopefully sometime this week or next. But thanks for everything ladies and whenever I have my little prince Ill be sure to let everyone know :)

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SweetMynx19
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 8:59 PM

sounds like early labor to me... when are you due? i would just relax and rest as much as possible as it seems your body is progressing naturally... good luck!

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Gabby1988
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:00 PM

GO TO GET CHECKED!!! This TOTALLY sounds like labor!!!!!!! It's totally normal to have diarrhea as one of your labor signs...and everything else sounds like it too....

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Anisley
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:08 PM

thanks for taking your time to write back :) yah im gonna call my office and go to the hospital to get checked because ive been feeling like crap (sorry for the language) for a while but never like today...oh btw im 38 weeks today

Quoting Gabby1988:

GO TO GET CHECKED!!! This TOTALLY sounds like labor!!!!!!! It's totally normal to have diarrhea as one of your labor signs...and everything else sounds like it too....


doulala
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:08 PM

I don't see any point in getting checked.    How close are your cramps, how intense, how long is each one, how do you rate them (1-10)?  When are you due? 



Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.

~Barbara Katz Rothma


When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change. -Mongan


Anisley
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:11 PM

well their pretty bad and i would say about 5 or 6 minutes apart im having contractions but mostly with stomach pains. i would say about 30 seconds long..im due dec. 31st

Quoting doulala:

I don't see any point in getting checked.    How close are your cramps, how intense, how long is each one, how do you rate them (1-10)?  When are you due? 

 

 


doulala
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:11 PM


Quoting Anisley:
yah im gonna call my office and go to the hospital to get checked because ive been feeling like crap (sorry for the language) for a while but never like today...oh btw im 38 weeks today

From what you have said here~  I would guess that if you call they'd say to wait for more consistant-regular contractions.  And if you went in, you'd probably be send home to wait for active labor.



The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. ~Suzanne Arms


Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence.” - Jeannine Parvati Baker

doulala
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Intuition is very important--  it should be the laboring mom's guide.   So if you really feel it's time, then you probably should go.

Contractions are not always perfectly timable and all...  but for most of us, they are a good indicator.   I usually recommend waiting until at least 60 seconds long, 4 minutes apart.   If I am there at my client's home, we go to the hospital later--  like 2-3 minutes apart.

Quoting Anisley:

well their pretty bad and i would say about 5 or 6 minutes apart im having contractions but mostly with stomach pains. i would say about 30 seconds long..im due dec. 31st

Quoting doulala:

I don't see any point in getting checked. How close are your cramps, how intense, how long is each one, how do you rate them (1-10)? When are you due?





The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. ~Suzanne Arms


Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence.” - Jeannine Parvati Baker

Anisley
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:18 PM

okie dokie thanks for your help :) i appreciate it

Quoting doulala:

Intuition is very important--  it should be the laboring mom's guide.   So if you really feel it's time, then you probably should go.

Contractions are not always perfectly timable and all...  but for most of us, they are a good indicator.   I usually recommend waiting until at least 60 seconds long, 4 minutes apart.   If I am there at my client's home, we go to the hospital later--  like 2-3 minutes apart.

Quoting Anisley:

well their pretty bad and i would say about 5 or 6 minutes apart im having contractions but mostly with stomach pains. i would say about 30 seconds long..im due dec. 31st

Quoting doulala:

I don't see any point in getting checked. How close are your cramps, how intense, how long is each one, how do you rate them (1-10)? When are you due?

 

 

 

 


Misheldonann
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I am so jealous.  I'm 38 weeks today.  I'm also due Dec. 31.  Well guess what.  Nothing...NO contractions, no poopin', no baby today for me.  Keep us updated! 

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doulala
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Time your contractions with this aide, if you'd like.


(from my journal)


Recognizing True Labor


In True Labor

Contractions will:
Get progressively longer
Build in intensity
Have shorter rest times

It seems unfair that the best advice most experienced mothers will give you is, "You'll know when it's labor." Even if it is true, it isn't especially helpful for the first time mother. What signs should she be looking for to let her know that labor is really starting?

Your body is going to go through periods of contractions that may be regular or irregular for days or weeks before your true labor begins. These contractions may feel strong or mild, some women don't even notice them. But they will have some differences from true labor contractions.

The first difference is that true labor contractions will not space out or slow down when you change activities, pre-labor contractions will. In fact, very often true labor contractions will increase when you change activity.

Another difference has to do with the overall pattern of contractions. In true labor, contractions will build in intensity and length, and they will get coser together. In pre-labor contractions will remain the same for many hours, sometimes days.


Testing for True Labor

There are a few "self-tests" you can do to determine if what you are experiencing is true labor.

Drink some water - Dehydration can cause you to feel contractions that look just like true labor, but are not productive.

Eat something - Some women find that hunger brings on Braxton-Hicks (pre-labor) contractions. Eating seems to stop these contractions.

Change your Activity - With pre-labor, changing activity (like resting if you have been walking around or going for a walk if you have been resting) can cause the contractions to stop.

Watch the contraction pattern - Even if you are having contractions less than 10 minutes apart, it may not be true labor. If the contractions are staying the same (not getting closer together or longer) it is pre-labor.

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Pre/Early labor indicators: Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, losing mucous plug, bloody show, contractions (regular~increasing in intensity), back pain, menstrual-like cramps, pressure very low. While these are normal things to notice in the third trimester, it's a combo that gets your attention. Especially, when the contractions increase to a point where you must stop what you're doing to focus on getting through it.


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The contractions will sort themselves out. 4-1-1 is the "general rule" for knowing when "it's time" to get serious. Contractions are 4 minutes apart or less, 1 minute long or so, and happening this way for 1 hour or longer. ***Remember, to gauge how far apart they are: time contractions from the start of one to the start of the next.

Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.

~Barbara Katz Rothma


When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change. -Mongan


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