Since we have been talking about it, at what point do you go to the hospital?
My water broke first and I was induced, so I didn't have 'labor' in the tradtional sense. What is typical for the contractions to be apart to make your way to the hospital/birthing center?
Our hosp is about 20 minutes away. My parents live in the town where it is, so I'm wondering if I would just go to there house to hang out till I get to that point. Truthfully, I'm so confused about this.
My fear is not making it in time to the hospital to assess what I can do (epidural, etc)
With Lucas my water broke so I went running to the hospital. Once I was there, they gave me pitocin because nothing was happening and once you get to the hospital they seem to just want to move you along.
This time my plan is to go hang out at SIL's house. I can see the hospital out her window so it's ideal! She's a teacher and done for summer so she's generally home. It will take 3 minutes to get to the hospital from her place so I am really hoping to roll in at the last minute and push. ok, maybe not quite that close!!!!
It's kind of tricky, because labor really is different for everyone. With my first, I probably headed in a bit early, but it all worked out. Initially they told me to head in when my contractions where 5 minutes apart. Well, mine were only 5 minutes apart for an hour or two, and they were not real strong or that long, so they told me to wait. I ended up heading in when they were 3 minutes apart even though they were still only mildly strong, and not even lasting a full minute. They monitored me when I got to the hospital and even though I was cranking out contractions every 3 minutes they still were not convinced I was in labor. WEll, they told me to go walk in the halls... that's when things kicked into gear. I went from 2-5 cm in about a half hour! Looking back, I probably should have waited about another hour before heading in, but it worked out, and I didn't really know since it was my first. NOW... I know what it feels like when things really kick into gear, and I always have about 2-3 hours at least from that point. BUT, that's me. Everyone is different. I would say if you are unsure just call the hospital and see what they say. I did that with my first when the contractions were 5 minutes apart and they told me to wait. I'm glad I did, because if I had gone in an hour earlier, I probably would have got sent home because things were not quite intense yet.
I'll be honest, I think each person and labor is different. My first two labors started when my water broke, pretty obvious. This time around the contractions started first and when my contractions start they just don't quit. We live 30 minutes away from the hospital, and DH honestly drove 90+ the whole way to the hospital. By the time I got here baby was already crowning. That being said most people don't labor as fast as I do and the nurses even said that they rarely have had people show up like I did! But I do understand where you are coming from. I was so scared that I wouldn't make it on time, but you also don't want to show up too early and be sitting at the hospital unnecessarily for hours on end!
Yes, with DD my water broke, but I didn't even start contracting at all for about 3 hours after. They sent me back home to labour for about 7 more hours.....came back......still only 2 cm dilated. Ugh. Thankfully it picked up on it's own without pitocin that time.
My OB said not to wait too long because 4th babies could come a lot quicker than 1st babies. The hospital is 25 minutes from our place - before we moved here, we lived across the street from the hospital, so I wasn't worried about being there in time!
It's hard to say. I guess when I feel like 'it's time', I will just know. The OB said to come in even if I just have bloody show, but I doubt I would unless I was having heavy contractions as well.
Yeah, it's tough to know...even for BTDT moms.
I went as soon as my water broke with DS1 but I was only 33 wks 1 day and figured they would likely attempt to intervene. Which they did and I didn't go into labor again until a couple days later after they took me off mag-sulfate. Once contractions started DS1 was born roughly 9 hrs later.
So I expected labor to not be too long with DS2. It started the same way, ruptured membranes but no noticeable contractions. They started up about 2ish hours later. I decided to take a shower and was getting a bit intense. When I got out of the shower I noticed he had dropped considerably...like my belly was way lower so that scared me a bit and I told DH let's go ASAP. Contractions were about 2 to 2.5 minutes apart on the way to the hospital. When I arrived, I think a little after 2 am, I was only 3 cm. But labor was staying pretty intense and since my water had broke they admitted me. He was born just after 6 am so I wasn't there a terribly long amount of time.
I figure I'll go at about the same with this one. Contractions pretty close together but more judging on how they feel. I'm about 15 or 20 minutes from the hospital so not too far but don't want to cut it super close either.