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Contractions

Now, this isn't my first, but I'm feeling kind of silly here.

What do they feel like for you? I'm having 2 different sets of pain. Sometimes I get the full belly tightening and all around pain. Others, the tightening still happens, but pain wise, it's just like really bad period cramping.

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I'm having my second kid and I don't know at all since I had a c/s without a trial labor with DD. But what you described is exactly how my mom described it to me just this morning. She said it's like period cramps but 100x more intense. As far as I can tell they can be very different from woman to woman, so they might be different for you than for me, but it does sound like what you are describing is what I've heard contractions described as by others.

I've had some of the same, but nothing with any regularity at all, so I'm just assuming BH and my body getting ready. You might be having a combo of real contractions and BH contractions. Hopefully, someone with actual experience can give you better info than my heresay. Smile

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My real contractions make my whole belly tight with cramping lower abdomin and pain that goes to my back. If you can talk through the contraction it is more then likely a BH.

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Lol this is my 3rd and I had to call L&D last night to see if I was in labor. Although it was more so because I was having bad contractions off and on all day, lasting anywhere from 30 sec- 2 minutes every 5-10 minutes, but then they would taper off and begin again an hour or so later. With my first I only had contractions the night before she was born and then with my 2nd my water was leaking so they had to induce me so I don't remember the whole labor experience. Plus I think I blocked out the pain part of before my epidural lol.

However, with this one, I've been having horrible pains since about 27 weeks. I've also heard it described that it's like the horrible cramps when you know you're about to have diarrhea (sorry if that's TMI!) and your stomach just cramps up real bad. They can also start as low, dull back pains and then move around to your abdomen where it feels real tight, like a bad period. Although, I've also been experiencing new ones where it's on the top of my uterus (at least I think these are also contractions).

Pretty much, what I've been having is where the lower half of my midsection begins to tense up and the pains get a little worse as they continue, until the contraction has passed. I also noticed yesterday that whenever my midsection would tense up, DS's little butt would be poking out so I had a huge hump on my belly lol.

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Thanks ladies for your responses. They haven't gotten more painful and to be honest, being at work trying to get loose ends all done, I've not really noticed when they start to build up. I just finally get hit with the pain and take notice, so I have no idea when they are starting or how far apart. I'm tallying around 2-3 an hour. So, nothing major and nothing majorly painful. Which is good!

Found this at webmd, which was pretty informative.

http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/true-false-labor

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"AnnaRO" wrote:

I'm having my second kid and I don't know at all since I had a c/s without a trial labor with DD. But what you described is exactly how my mom described it to me just this morning. She said it's like period cramps but 100x more intense. As far as I can tell they can be very different from woman to woman, so they might be different for you than for me, but it does sound like what you are describing is what I've heard contractions described as by others.

I've had some of the same, but nothing with any regularity at all, so I'm just assuming BH and my body getting ready. You might be having a combo of real contractions and BH contractions. Hopefully, someone with actual experience can give you better info than my heresay. Smile

Yes! But it doesn't start out that way. The awesome thing about going into labor naturally without any induction or anything is that there is typically a gradual build. Most providers suggest something like a 5-1-1 rule or 4-1-1 for going in. So contractions 5 minutes apart (you measure from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next), that last for one minute, and continue like that for one hour. All labors are different though. Some women will increase in intensity but never have contractions closer than 5 minutes apart. Some will go from 10 to 8 to 6 to 4 minutes apart, etc.

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"krazykat" wrote:

Yes! But it doesn't start out that way. The awesome thing about going into labor naturally without any induction or anything is that there is typically a gradual build. Most providers suggest something like a 5-1-1 rule or 4-1-1 for going in. So contractions 5 minutes apart (you measure from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next), that last for one minute, and continue like that for one hour. All labors are different though. Some women will increase in intensity but never have contractions closer than 5 minutes apart. Some will go from 10 to 8 to 6 to 4 minutes apart, etc.

When I called L&D last night they told me 2-3 minutes apart for at least 2 hours before going in. I had read that with the more kids you have the sooner you should go in (further apart contractions are...I think for child #3 I read like 5-7 minutes apart). Lol I just don't want to be on the way to the hospital and have him in the car!

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I agree, and the recommendations vary so widely it can be frustrating to pin-point that perfect moment to go. I always tell my DH and my doula that when I am to the point that I don't want to be around anyone, or if I don't want to get out of the shower, or if I start throwing up (this is my own particular signal of labor), then THAT is my time to go in. But honestly, when I start labor, I'll probably be coming to the boards and posting that I am not sure when to go too lol.

Another good sign is mucus change. If you are having tons of mucus, or pink/blood tinged mucus, AND contractions or lower back pain, and some women even feel it in their thighs or down the backs of their legs, then that is a good sign you are getting cranked up.

ETA: with DS I had BH that went 2-3 minutes apart for HOURS. It was so frustrating. But they were just the tightening and releasing and never intensified. When it was the real thing, I knew it b/c I had an appointment with my midwife about an hour away and I was dreading the car ride. I eventually cancelled and she came to me. But yeah I definitely knew when it was the real deal. I would break a sweat and get nauseous at the peak of a contraction, and it just got MORE intense from there!

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For me, when it was really the time, they were like riding waves. Each one built, peaked, and then lessened. It was a tightening in my stomach and back as well. There were times (when it wasn't the real deal yet) that I had stomach tightening but it wasn't the same time of wave feeling. Don't know if that makes any sense...lol.

I think times vary for everyone too. When labor started my contractions went from 10-5 min. apart the first hour (still in denile) and then to 2-3min. apart for at least the next 30 hours or so. For me, knowing to go in this time will involve pressure, maybe vomit like last time, and a feeling of not being able to go on (that sounds so horrible but really it was just the nearing of transition). I should add that I plan to stay home until pretty much the end.

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

For me, when it was really the time, they were like riding waves. Each one built, peaked, and then lessened. It was a tightening in my stomach and back as well. There were times (when it wasn't the real deal yet) that I had stomach tightening but it wasn't the same time of wave feeling. Don't know if that makes any sense...lol.

I think times vary for everyone too. When labor started my contractions went from 10-5 min. apart the first hour (still in denile) and then to 2-3min. apart for at least the next 30 hours or so. For me, knowing to go in this time will involve pressure, maybe vomit like last time, and a feeling of not being able to go on (that sounds so horrible but really it was just the nearing of transition). I should add that I plan to stay home until pretty much the end.

Me too!

I tell my clients that normally if you are sitting around wondering if it is time to go in yet, then it's not time!! LOL. It has worked really well. Also, once they hit active labor, I always ask, "So, are you SURE you're in labor now?" And they always give me this intense look and say, "YES!!" Haha!