Do you think people are so used to TV & Movie babies being born so fast that the general population now thinks it happens in minutes??
I was in the grocery store (where I'm not supposed to be) last night & of course I start having contractions. My mom was with me & she starts freaking out. I wasn't in labor for heavens sake. Then my dad calls me after we get home & wants to know if I'm going to have the baby tonight.
I know several of you have mentioned your annoyance for people questioning a pregnant person doing anything in the last weeks. Others have mentioned that the calls have started... like we won't have time to phone anyone prior to giving birth. Do they really think it happens that fast??
I have fast births
My eldest - waters broke at home, big gush, which is what most people say doesn't happen, she was born 3 hours later.
Middle - my first contraction took my breath away. strong regular contractions right from the start, she was born just 2 hours later
Youngest - I was induced. He was born 5 hours after the induction began.
My husband is about to start working nights next week until my c-section date and the other day my dad says to me "What will we do if you go into labor when he's at work" so I go "umm...call him?" hahaha. He says "I worry about you with the children by yourself...what if you go into labor and pass out?" hahahaha. Not to mention 1) I'm home every day by myself during the day for about 10 hours. 2) My parents live not 5 minutes away 3) DD1 was induced when I was 39w3d, had c-section the next day. DD2 I had my c-section 39w3d. This one my c-section is scheduled for 39w1d.
My dad never thinks I'll "make it" to my due date though.
Hahaha...yeah. It's not usually like that. I've got the opposite problem. My labour was 3 days & 4 hours of pushing. It's been hard for me to get it through my head that labour is not likely to be like that this time & I likely won't be able to be so chill about getting to the hospital.
Seriously?!?!??!?! I wish it would be that fast!! I remember the whole day before I even went into labor with Carlin I knew something wasn't right and I really couldn't leave the house I just felt so awful.
I had a relatively quick labor with DD (total labor was about 8 hours) but I still think freaking like your mom did was a bit overboard!
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Well in my family, we do have quick labors, but we still don't freak out too much. Family knows that if they do get called to watch dd if I go into active labor, that they can't putz around for a bit, it's get dressed and get here, but other than that we don't worry.
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I think so.
My labor with DD was induced and lasted 25 hours. I have no idea what a 'natural' labor will look like for me (one where I go on my own and I'm not induced) but I'm sure it'll be pretty average (10 hours or so).
That was my dad's biggest fear when we drove from AL to TN back over Labor Day (when I was only 35 weeks mind you) and when we moved here last week. "OMG what if you go into labor while you're driving?!?!" Um, I'll drive to the nearest hospital? (We drive through a major city every hour and a half on the way up here) People just LOOK for things to freak out about I think.
They're also flipping out that I told Dh to go ahead and go to work between now and when I go into labor. "OMG what if you go into labor while he's at work!?" Hmm. I'll call him. He'll come home. We will go to the hospital. Or I'll call him, he'll be out flying and not able to get home RIGHT then, so I'll go ahead and take DD to my friends house and he can meet me at the hospital. OR I'll call my friend who is watching DD to come and get me and SHE will take me to the hospital. ORRRRR I'll call 9-1-1. There *are* options and I *will not* be stuck at home birthing a baby with my 3 year old's assistance lol
Last edited by rbrooks14332; 09-27-2011 at 04:24 PM.
Yep I get this too. Especially from my mom! She had really quick labors so she thinks I will follow suit. My nearly 11lb brother was born about 90 minutes after her first painful contraction, 3 hours after she thought maybe she felt something (iirc). DH takes our only car to work and she lives over an hour away, so she is freaked I'm stuck out here by myself. But as Becca mentioned 911 is ALWAYS an option if worse came to worse! DH on the other hand is the opposite, he doesn't think our kids will ever come so I can be rolling around on the floor with painful contractions and he'd ask me to make him a sandwich when this one ended .