contraction timer apps for your phone

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Kier's picture
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contraction timer apps for your phone

Has anyone downloaded any contraction timing apps for their phone or other device? If so, which one, and how do you like it?

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there's one on my "sprout lite" iPhone pregnancy app. it seems pretty easy to understand - its basically just a start and stop timer and it keeps it in a log for you.

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Two of the midwives I've seen have mentioned to me about not judging when to go in by contractions but rather by how I'm handling the contractions. They said a lot of moms hit that "when to go in by timed contractions" point and aren't even 4 cm yet, so the hospital won't admit them. So as much as I'm sure it'll bug my DH, I'm not going to time contractions. I do have an hour drive to my hospital, so I'm going to use some of the things from the post below to help me judge when to make the drive and then once in that city when to actually go in (we're considering checking into a hotel if it's in the middle of the night or going to a park if in the middle of the day). Maybe this will help someone else? My BFF said that she wished she had seen this because by the time she reached the contractions her care providers wanted she was already at 8cm, and would have known that if she had watch something beyond pressure waves.

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Sprout lite is what I have also

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Two of the midwives I've seen have mentioned to me about not judging when to go in by contractions but rather by how I'm handling the contractions. They said a lot of moms hit that "when to go in by timed contractions" point and aren't even 4 cm yet, so the hospital won't admit them. So as much as I'm sure it'll bug my DH, I'm not going to time contractions. I do have an hour drive to my hospital, so I'm going to use some of the things from the post below to help me judge when to make the drive and then once in that city when to actually go in (we're considering checking into a hotel if it's in the middle of the night or going to a park if in the middle of the day). Maybe this will help someone else? My BFF said that she wished she had seen this because by the time she reached the contractions her care providers wanted she was already at 8cm, and would have known that if she had watch something beyond pressure waves.

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That's really useful! We have an hour drive, too. I'm still debating at what point we should head to the hospital (or to the general vicinity - we've talked about hotel/park thing, too!). What's your plan?

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Well, assuming I can reach my SIL to get Aiden and my husband to come home......the thought is to hit the road when I can't talk through the waves anymore. I told my husband that if I'm quiet and not wanting to interact with him (it's how I got with my son at 4cms and figure with hypnobabies I'd be similar) that it's definitely time to make the drive. I do not plan on checking into the hospital till DH or myself isn't comfortable wherever we've decided to labor there. My MWs want me to drive up when I can't walk through waves and immediately check into the hospital, but that would put me on a much sooner clock and more monitoring due to my VBAC. So I'll pass on that unless I feel a need to go in. One of my big concerns is that Aiden is going to be with me alone and I'm going to hit needing to vocalize through my pressure waves and going very internal. My SIL works and has 2 kids of her own so she may not be able to just immediately jump into the car to get him....not to mention she works 1.5 hours away (lives an hour away). And of course DH isn't reachable directly during the day. I'm going to have to call the ops desk and hope that whoever is there can locate him and get him to a phone. Knowing my luck he'll be flying over the ocean somewhere and can't contact me for a couple of hours. So I'm preparing for a UB just in case cause I told DH that if I don't want to get in that car he can't make me! lol.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

One of my big concerns is that Aiden is going to be with me alone and I'm going to hit needing to vocalize through my pressure waves and going very internal. My SIL works and has 2 kids of her own so she may not be able to just immediately jump into the car to get him....not to mention she works 1.5 hours away (lives an hour away).

This was a big concern for me, too. My mom is my official babysitter, but she works one hour away as a teacher - she can't just drop things and leave when I call! DD's Sunday school teacher and another family friend have offered to watch her until my mom can get here, but that still leaves me either driving during labor (something I really, really don't want to do) or having to wait for DH to get home first (30 minutes) and then driving out to their homes (another 20-30 minutes, plus adding an extra 10-20 minutes to the drive to the hospital). And they couldn't watch the dog, either. There's an off chance that one of them could pick up their family and come to my house, but it would really depend on when we needed them.

I said in another thread that one of the important things to do during pregnancy is to work through your fears about labor and birth. The timing of things with my mom, the hospital, and DH all so spread out around the metro area was such a concern for me - to the point that it was a fear, it kept me up at nights - that I ended up asking my mom to come and stay with us the first week of November. She agreed. She's taking vacation that week and will stay in our guest bedroom. My sister's due date is during that week, and our house is only 10 minutes from hers, and she's been sick enough recently that she needs a break from work. So it seemed like a good plan all around. MIL flies into town on the 8th and will stay through Christmas. This means that unless I go into labor before Nov 2 (38w4d - for reference I went into labor with DD at 39 weeks even), everything should be taken care of. I think I can make it that long. Wink

I'm not as worried about getting to the hospital early. I'm not a VBAC and I'm with a practice that won't put me on the clock, so there's very little danger of interventions due to being at the hospital too long. If anything, I'd rather get there too early and have to labor nearby. Plus, I want to get in the birthing pool as soon as I'm allowed! Biggrin

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I was going to have my neighbor across the street take Aiden till my SIL could get to the base here, but apparently she's leaving to visit home for awhile next month. *sigh* I did talk to DH about the last of our fears again last night since this was brought up. Wherever I'm laboring I'm going to set up the gate to confine him (so he's stuck upstairs or downstairs). Both places he's got toys and the ability to watch a movie. DH really thinks he'll be okay. Since he panics a lot faster than I ever do about stuff, I know he's probably right! DH's big fear? The drive to the hospital! He's only been to that city twice ever and neither time saw the hospital, so he's going to talk to his commander about joining me for one of my last appts so I can show him the route and the hospital.
Having family fly out to stay with us? That would stress me out sooooo much that this kiddo would never want to come out willingly! Having my 2 year old with me sounds like a better plan. Lol

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I have a galexy S2 and downloaded an app, but am not too thrilled with it. My doc told me that he wants me to come in when my contractions get to every 3 to 5 min appart... But they have routinely been that way already, so that really isnt a good indicator for me. Ill have to take a look at the link Jackie posted when i can get to an actual computer. My phone wont open it for some reason? Im really scared that once things actually get active, that im going to go fast and not make it to the hospital or something. My past labors have all been just under 12 hrs... With my first it took from 8am (when they put the cervigel in, till noon to get to 1cm. Thats when they broke my water. Then, it took me from noon till about 5pm to get to 5or 6cm, then from then an hr to dilate to 10.
With my 2nd my water broke at 4:20, got to the hospital around 2 hrs later and my cervix was still too high to feel. At 8amish my doc came in and I was finally a 1. It took me from then till about 2pm to get to 5or 6, then an hr to complete,.
With DD things went a bit differently. My cervix started opening at 33 weeks and I was on mag sulfate to stop it... Only ever got a fingertip dilated. I was still that going in for my induction at 36 weeks (got out of the hospital after 5 days at 34 weeks). They started pit around 8am to bring her down. It took till after noon for her to be low enough, and me at a 1, to break my water. At about 4 or 5pm i thonk I was still at a 1, and my contractions went from 0 to 60...finally got the epidural around 6pm or so, then went to complete in an hr.

I have never made the progress I already have without my water breaking on its own, or being induced...even with all my preterm contractions...though, with Dd who knows how it would have gone had they not stopped things... I am afraid that if I wait till I can totally not stand the contrax any more that Ill be about to the pointwhere things start moving quickly, and I have a half hr drive just to the hospital...let alone worrying about getting someone here for the kids, or them somewhere... Which becomes increasingly difficult if itsa week day with DH at work, and the boys at school. Not to mention my support here with the kids is verry limited... Just one of my sisters and my aunt, and their availability to help depends on the day and time...my mom and sil are over 2 hrs away, and my other sister (1hr away) has already told me not to count on her for help. So, yeah, praying he comes on a weekend, and that my water breaks right away so theres no chance of the hospital sending me home to labor...

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I have a windows 7 phone so no fancy iphone or andriod app for me. Sad I did find a handy contraction app for win phone 7, but it's integrated into a Pregnancy Clock/Countdown app. I'm not sure I'll "rely" on an app to tell me when to go in, with DS I did it the old fashioned way and ended up not getting admitted the first time but our hospital is 20-30 mins away and with this being a second baby I have a feeling things will go much faster.

Reading everyone's posts made me realize something, if I go into labor during the day on the weekday DH won't be able to get to me for at least 2 hours since he doesn't have a set work site (he's a solar energy foreman). I'm hoping it doesn't play out that way and his job will let him take his work truck to the hospital or something like that instead of having to drive it to the branch but I'm not sure. Now I'm kinda nervous. Sad I'm just going to hope I go into full blown labor at 3am again so it's not even an issue.